[blockquote cite=”Darren Doherty” type=”center”]”When you are working with aboriginal people, the land always comes first. The people are just passing by as temporary stewards.”[/blockquote]
Darren Doherty presents the regrarian platform. This is Darren’s introductory presentation that he gave an open consultancy in October 2013. The presentation lays out the ten key components of the regarian platform – climate, geography, water, access, forestry, buildings, fences, soils, marketing, and energy.
This is the first podcast that takes you to one of Darren’s open consultancies. The consultancies themselves are workshops that center around a real world farm planning and development process. The hosts and Darren open up the process so you can learn from a real world application of theory.
This audio was recorded at Darren Doherty’s Regarian Open Consultancy at Markegard Family Farm on October 22 & 23, 2013. The workshop was open source, so thanks to Darren for allowing me to share this with you all.
The presentation has a lot in it, so you may want to listen to it a couple times. I was there and I am still getting information out of it.
- “When you are working with aboriginal people, the land always comes first. The people are just passing by as temporary stewards.”
- “Often the toughest climate to change is the one between the ears.”
- “If you have a small house, your kids can’t be inside. They have to be outside being kids.”
- “What is the difference between an agronomist and god? God doesn’t think he is an agronomist.”
Other parts of this series:
Part 2: The Holistic Goal. The Regrarian Open Consultancy with Darren Doherty
Part 3: Designing the Farm and Tree Systems, The Regrarian Open Consultancy with Darren Doherty
Part 4: Getting the Mineral and Water Cycle Back In Order, The Regrarian Open Consultancy with Darren Doherty
Part 5: Darren’s Farm and Broadacre – The Regrarian Open Consultancy with Darren Doherty
Part 6: Holistic Grazing Plans, Energy and Marketing – The Regrarian Open Consultancy with Darren Doherty
Other podcasts featuring Darren, Joel Salatin, and Doniga Markegard:
- 012: Build Soil, Healing the Land, and Raising High Quality Food with Rotational Grazing f. Doniga Markegard.
The Regrarian Platform:
Concerns the various climates of an enterprise, be they Human or Biospheric. Effectively these climates create ‘the rules of the game’ in the application of the Regen10.
The ‘board game’ in the Regen10. The Geography of a place implies it place in the region along with the physical elements with which it interacts and includes topography, demography & geology.
The water an enterprise has available to it is relatively fixed. We should be concerned with how we make the best use of what’s available and use the Climate & Geography (& capital) as best we can in order to maximize the use of this critical resource.
Roads, Tracks & Lanes are very permanent features in landscapes. Their placement defines our movement and should integrate the all of the elements we use these connective pathways with.
Perennial woody plant systems are vital, productive and overarching elements in any landscape. Their assemblies can be complex in their outcomes & their placement is critical to support & provide for other systems.
An array of structures on any holding are necessary to make the artificial sedentary production systems that humans call agriculture possible. Placement and design should follow that of other elements especially Climate, Geography, Water & Access.
How we subdivide our landscapes should follow the lines of other more permanent elements. We should concentrate our efforts on using the most flexible of fencing infrastructure in order to accommodate the changing opportunities and yields that occur in the landscape.
Easily destroyed and fortunately easily created, soils are the foundation to the economy of life. Management is the critical to the development & maintenance of soils. The soil’s protection is enhanced by considering other elements, particularly Water, Forestry & Fences.
The analysis of the market & access to it has never been easier. The difficulty remains in the terms of trade, particularly with regards compliance, though slowly the tide is turning as humans are incredibly enterprising, adaptable & difficult to quell.
Nothing is as fleeting as a photon of light and the primary role of humanity must be to enhance photosynthesis at every opportunity & encourage its positive side-effects, with nearly all energy system that humans access originating from the sun.
Polyfaces: The Trailer
Polyfaces’ is a biopic that charts the involvement of the Polyface Farm community of farmers, employees, interns, customers, animals & landscapes in the iconic Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA.
This short trailer provides the viewer with a sense of the extremely high quality cinematography captured by European filmakers Alex Amengual & Hans Hansen along with up & coming Australian filmakers Isaebella Doherty & Lisa Heenan. Shot exclusively with Canon 5D DSLR cameras this film captures the emotion, beauty & reality of a whole ‘foodshed’ determined to change the current food system for the better.
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