The Farm School
Tags Alabama, Broadacre, earthworks, farming, grazing, holistic management, Kentucky, Keyline, Nashville, Owen Hablutzel, regenerative agriculture, soil building, southeast, Tennessee, water harvesting, whole farm design
Instructor: Owen Hablutzel
June 20-22, 2014
YEOMANS’ KEYLINE PLOW ON-SITE DEMONSTRATION! – MAKE YOUR PROPERTY RESILIENT TO DROUGHT – LEARN HOW TO CREATE TOPSOIL AT RAPID RATES – REDUCE OR ELIMINATE OFF-FARM INPUTS – DISCOVER EFFECTIVE USE OF LIVESTOCK AS TOOLS TO IMPROVE LAND PRODUCTIVITY – ADDRESS WEED MANAGEMENT CONCERNS – INTEGRATE PASTURES, PONDS, AND MULTIPLE-YIELD TREE CROPS – AND MORE!
This three day hands-on workshop will change the way you see and manage your landscape, and your future. If you operate a farm or ranch, or if you would like to learn how to make your property resilient to drought, this workshop will deliver. We will leverage the most effective tools, principles, techniques, and strategies from Keyline® Design, Permaculture Design, and Holistic Management® for an integrated whole farm plan.
Nature is complex. Managing land and natural resources has never been a simple job. Our critical task is becoming ever more difficult in a rapidly changing world. This course will add many new practical skills and options to your management ‘toolbox.’ You will discover techniques and strategies to manage water and fertility cycles, accelerate topsoil development, manage weed issues, eliminate off-farm inputs, and significantly reduce costs. We will emphasize Keyline® techniques for maximum harvesting and storage of rain and runoff water, for generating drought-resilience. Learn hands-on surveying, GIS mapping ‘on-the-cheap,’ and how to analyze and improve your water catchment.
Using Yeomans’ Keyline Scale of Permanence as a guide for effective whole farm planning, this course will lead you through the process of developing a comprehensive land management plan. Keyline’s Scale of Permanence (Climate, Land Shape, Water Supply, Farm Roads, Agro-Forestry, Buildings, Fencing and Soil), will help you evaluate decisions and design your property for sustained effectiveness.
Key Benefits of Taking the Course
Instructor: Owen Hablutzel is a Keyline Design® consultant and Holistic Management® Certified Educator working in the U.S. and internationally. Trained under the world’s leading Keyline consultant, Darren Doherty (heenandoherty.com), Owen has been successfully working to transform soils and fertility, and to increase whole landscape hydration through regenerative techniques since 2007. By working together with farms, ranches, and land managing organizations, his integrated and dynamic approach is helping to create more fertile landscapes, robust farm economies, and resilient watersheds.
What is Keyline® Design concept and practice?
Keyline Design emerged from Australia in the 1940’s and is one of the first, farm planning frameworks to take a whole-system approach towards achieving a ‘permanent agriculture.’ Originator, P.A. Yeomans, developed planning tools and innovations—using his knowledge of geology, hydrology, and soils—which lead to drought-proof and highly diversified farm, with increasing yields. Yeomans overturned conventional wisdom by demonstrating that topsoil can be built at astounding rates and in a cost-effective fashion using his ingenious and proven Yeomans plow and Keyline pattern cultivation.
What is the Yeomans Plow?
As part of his water harvesting and soil building innovations, Yeomans developed a unique, non-inversion, sub-soiling chisel plow known as the Yeomans Plow. This implement is designed to break compaction and aerate soil profiles with minimal undesirable disturbance to soil life by not inverting the existing soil layers. Used in the proper geomorphic pattern of ripping–known as Keyline Pattern Cultivation–maximum soil moisture, explosive pulses of soil life, and rapid building of topsoil can result. Good results have been found for brush control situations and erosion control as well.
What is Holistic Management?
Holistic Management replaces fragmentary and short term solutions with whole-focused framework that improves critical decision-making, healing damaged land, and offers tested tools and strategies for creating and managing healthy land. Sustainable livestock use and positive economic, social and ecological outcomes emphasized. Currently, there are at least 40 million acres, world-wide, managed using Holistic Management.
What is Permaculture?
Permaculture is an applied science of agricultural-ecological design, rooted in the observation of nature. It is practiced on many thousands of properties in 120 countries globally, and expanding. As a whole-systems approach to planning and design, Permaculture has a positive and creative solution-based focus. A Permaculture approach uses a practical set of design principles and methods to harmoniously integrate landscapes with people, food production, built structures, technologies, energy, natural resources, animal systems, plant systems, as well as social and economic structures.
Keyline Design Recommended Reading and Video Clips
Keyline Design – Mark IV by Abe Collins and Darren Doherty – pdf here: http://www.permaculturenews.
The Geographical and Topographical Basis of Keyline – http://www.yeomansconcepts.
Keyline Scale of Permanence – http://permaculturenews.org/
Keyline Design Introduction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Logistics for Course
This course venue is The Farm School, located within The Farm Community. We will also be taking field trips to a nearby farm for hands on grazing planning and biological monitoring. Camping is included in the course fee. Rustic dorms in a hostel or private rooms are available for an additional fee.
We believe you should be well nourished during your stay so that you may fully participate. For that reason, when you sign up for our course, we will provide three nutrient-dense and delicious, omnivorous meals a day, for free. As much as possible, the food is sourced locally and is organic. We include meats and vegetables from our (Spiral Ridge) homestead, probiotic rich fermented foods and we only use butter, olive oil, coconut oil or animal fats in our food. No over processed, GMO laden junk. We aim to embody the principles we teach about on every level. Special diet? Let us know ahead of time and we will do our best to accommodate you. If you have a very restrictive diet, you may need to bring some of your own food.
Tennessee in the summer is hot, humid and buggy, Oh My! Please consider a dorm bed if you are uncomfortable camping in this environment. Weather may be rainy as well. Please come prepared for rain (rain boots, raincoat) and hot weather. Please bring short sleeved shirts, long-sleeved shirts (in case it is cool in the evening), a sunhat, bathing suit (possibility of swimming), sunscreen, sunglasses and bug spray if you use it. There is a store on The Farm that carries many snacks, natural foods, and bug sprays as well. Lightweight pants and socks are useful if we spend anytime in the woods or meadows. It is advisable to tuck your pants into your socks when in the woods to keep any bugs off your legs. You must bring your own towels and soaps. It is advisable to also bring a flashlight. Wifi will sometimes be available at The School, but is limited. If you need to get online the store has wifi. Cell phone reception is spotty, but we will show you where to best get reception.
Tuition – ask about group discounts for 3 or more people.
(If you sign up for both and one course runs and one doesn’t, you still get $25 extra off)
Please click the link to read about our cancellation policy.
There is a 15 person minimum to run this course. *Register early, space is limited.*
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1. Send us the following information via email or include with your payment; Name, address, phone number, email and how you found out about the course.
2. Send full course amount to: Spiral Ridge Permaculture 444 Walker Road, Summertown, Tennessee 38483.
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