Carbon Farming & Economy Courses - Santa Barbara

Improving land management with leading edge technology and holistic practices

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Sustainable Land Management with Darren Doherty and Kirk Gadzia

COURSE COMPLETED in 2009 - sponsored by Carbon Farming & Economy Courses Santa Barbara

HOLISTIC RESOURCE MANAGEMENT*with Kirk Gadzia
*Qualifies for 16 CEUs with Society for Range Management

BROADACRE PERMACULTURE AND KEYLINE DESIGN with Darren Doherty

Sustainable grazing and agricultural land management practices emphasizing soil building, water conservation, and long range planning for productivity and health.

Sustainable agriculture benefits the land and soil – and it also materially and financially benefits the farmer. In this course, you’ll learn principles and practices that can be used to conserve water, regenerate degraded soils rapidly, and incorporate the use of grazing animals beneficially.

Benefits include:
Improving soil health and biodiversity of rangelands and pastures. Increasing grazing and wildlife capacity.  Increasing annual profits and enhancing livelihoods. Optimally using rainfall and conserving water.  Growing healthier crops and achieving higher yields. Reversing desertification in brittle environments. Breaking the cycle of food and water insecurity. Enhancing family relationships.

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Holistic Resource Management - November 10-12, 2009
*Qualifies for 16 CEUs with Society for Range Management

Instructor: Kirk Gadzia is a certified instructor with the Holistic Management International Center and founder of Resource Management Services, with over 20 years experience teaching the concepts of Holistic Management® worldwide combined with extensive international consulting work on many agricultural operations.

Holistic Resource Management was pioneered by Allan Savory more than 40 years ago to offer land stewards a way to make grazing, land management and financial decisions that positively impact land health and productivity. More than 30 million acres of land worldwide currently benefit from Holistic Management practices. When land is under Holistic Management, land managers manage the relationships between land, grazing animals, and water in ways that mimic nature. Whether land is used for ranching, organics production, food production in pastoral communities or public lands preservation, or even if it is unused, it can be returned to health and/or its productivity greatly increased without large infusions of cash, equipment or technology.  In this part of the course, you'll holistic management goal setting, holistic decision making, and introductions to grazing planning, financial planning and land management planning.

Watch a short video clip of PBS TV event on Holistic Management "The First Millimeter – Healing the Earth"

Watch part a Holistic Management Course with Kirk Gadzia in the field earlier this year

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Broadacre Permaculture and Keyline Design - November 13-15, 2009

Instructor:
Darren Doherty has extensive experience across the world in Permaculture project design, development & management with a career-long focus on the profitable retrofit of broadacre agricultural systems. Darren has been involved in the design & development of over 1300, mostly broadacre projects, across 5 continents, ranging from 110,000 acre ranches to small family farms, with a wide range of private, corporate, government & non-profit clients.

Broadacre Permaculture and Keyline Design utilize earth dams and ponds, contour strip forests, and a special cultivation technique using the Keyline plow, to infiltrate water into the soil efficiently and hold it on the land as long as possible. Farms using this kind of permaculture design have deepened the topsoil by 3” – 6” in three years.  In this part of the course, you’ll learn water harvesting strategies that can drought-proof farms and ranches using low-maintenance, gravity-fed irrigation systems with a huge reduction in water lost to evaporation.  This part of the course will address keyline design applications, agricultural machinery, site analysis and survey techniques, methods of design and GIS applications, client communications, agroforestry, and carbon farming techniques.

Watch Darren Doherty speak about the Keyline Plow in action in this video

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Course Venue:
Orella Ranch, Gaviota, CA - a 25 minute drive north of Santa Barbara, CA just off Highway 101


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Course Fees

FULL Course: Sustainable Land Management  (Nov 10-15)

Residential Format: includes tuition, onsite tent camping accommodations at Orella Ranch, and organic catered meals

$875 Early Bird, payment in full due by October 12, 2009
$975 Tuition, payment in full due by October 27, 2009

Commuter Format: includes tuition and organic catered lunch

$775 Early Bird, payment in full due by October 12, 2009
$875 Tuition, payment in full due by November 6, 2009

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PART 1 or 2 Only:  Holistic Management (Nov 10-12) OR Broadacre Permaculture/Keyline Design (Nov 13-15)

Residential Format: includes tuition, onsite tent camping accommodations at Orella Ranch, and organic catered meals

$450 Early Bird, payment in full due by October 12, 2009
$515 Tuition, payment in full due by November 6, 2009

Commuter Format: includes tuition and organic catered lunch

$400 Early Bird, payment in full due by October 12, 2009
$465 Tuition, payment in full due by November 6, 2009

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Course Schedule Overview: Part 1:  The training will begin at 9am on November 10th and end by 5pm on November 12th.  Part 2:  The training will begin at 9am on November 13th and end by 5pm on November 15th.  Catering for the Residential format begins with breakfast November 10th and ends with lunch November 15th.  Residential participants are welcome to arrive the evening before the training begins and depart the morning after the training ends.  (Catering for the commuter format will include lunch on each day of the training.) 
Sustainable Land Management Course Agenda

COURSE COMPLETED

 

 

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