Carbon Farming & Economy Courses - Santa Barbara

Improving land management with leading edge technology and holistic practices

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Sustainable Land Management Training Agenda - Two Parts

Sustainable Land Management with Kirk Gadzia and Darren Doherty

Two Part Training November 10-15, 2009

Part 1: November 10-12, Holistic Management with Kirk Gadzia

Part 2: November 13-15, Broadacre Permaculture/Keyline Design with Darren Doherty

Schedule, Arrivals, Departures, and Catering 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.

Please arrive by 8:30am on the first day of class or of the Part you are taking, or by 7:45am if you wish to join in breakfast. Checkins/registration will take place from 8:30-9am on the first morning of each Part.

Catering for the Residential format begins with breakfast November 10th and ends with lunch November 15th.

Residential participants are welcome to arrive the day before the training begins from 4-7pm, and depart the morning after the training ends, noting that you will be responsible for your own meals outside of those that are catered.

Commuters: Catering for the commuter format will include lunch on each day of the training. Class time is generally from 9am-5pm. Please arrive by 8:30 on the first day to give time for check ins. Thereafter, you may arrive may arrive to the parking area at 8:30 am area if you wish to be shuttled up to the site. Or otherwise, you are welcome to take the 15 min brisk walk between the parking area and class site.

Recommended Books/Materials:

Part 1 – Holistic Management: Holistic Management Textbook will be used extensively in class, and is recommended that each participant purchase this book which will be for sale for $40 cash or check at the class site. We will also have a limited number of copies in circulation to share.

Part 2 – Broadacre Permaculture/Keyline Design: Water for Every Farm by Ken Yeomans: is available from his website as a e-bookAmazon. This book is highly recommended, yet since not used as a text reference in class, purchasing the e-book is a fine option. ( or from Amazon.  This book is highly recommended, yet since not used as a text reference in class, purchasing the e-book is a fine option.

*Please bring an external hard drive or “thumb drive” in order to receive the host of electronic resources that the instructors will provide.

Additional materials: Notebook, pen, pencil, eraser. (See Orella Ranch Orientation for a detailed personal packing list.)

Holistic Management with Kirk Gadzia
November 10-12, 2009

*Qualifies for 16 CEUs with Society for Range Management

Holistic Management Introduction and Goal Setting
  • Contrast current and Holistic Mgt. approaches to management and decision making.
  • Belief systems or "paradigms "blocking progress and how to change them.
  • Why some environments depend on disturbance to remain healthy.
  • How to transform livestock impacts to positively effect land health.
  • Defining and interrelating the entire resource to be managed - Finances, People and Land.
  • Ecosystem functioning -understanding the water cycle, mineral cycle, community dynamics and the flow of sunlight energy towards profit.
  • How to make rainfall more effective.
  • How to observe land and determine the health of the ecosystem process. Field visit to observe ecosystem process and land health monitoring introduction. See details below.
  • Why land health determines long term profitability and sustainability.
  • Review the holistic decision making process.
  • The goal setting process.
  • Defining and developing a holistic goal.
  • The team approach and organizational development principles.  Working with agencies and other public involvement principles.
  • Defining and detailing the tools available to manage the ecosystem:  Rest, Fire, Grazing, Animal Impact, Living Organisms, and Technology.
  • How to use each tool to produce the results you want.
  • Review of testing procedures.
  • How to insure that a tool will be correctly used to achieve your whole goal.
  • Working the holistic Mgt. Model and testing guidelines through actual examples from participants.
  • Final review of individual objectives and evaluation.

Biological Monitoring

  • Identifying characteristics of land health
  • Learning the “language of the land”
  • Principles and differences of Qualitative and Quantitative monitoring techniques.
  • Choosing the monitoring plan and techniques that are right for you.
  • Photo point monitoring principles and techniques.
  • Interpreting you data
  • Changing management in response to data


Broadacre Permaculture and Keyline Design with Darren Doherty

November 13-15, 2009

Sustainable agriculture benefits the land and soil – and it also materially and financially benefits the farmer. In this course, you’ll learn permaculture principles that can be used in both urban and rural environments to conserve water, regenerate degraded soils rapidly, and incorporate the use of grazing animals beneficially. This approach brings communities together, meeting the needs of both farmers and environmentalists – addressing aspects of global climate change as well as protecting wildlife and fish habitat.

You’ll learn about 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. And, 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. In contrast, up to 80% of water is lost to evaporation using conventional overhead sprinklers.

The course will address:

  • Keyline design applications
  • Water Harvesting Earthworks
  • Agricultural machinery
  • Site analysis and survey techniques
  • Methods of design and GIS applications
  • Client communications
  • Agroforestry
  • Sustainable Aid


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