The weekend of November 30-Dec 2, The Department of Sustainable Living at Maharishi University of Management will host Australian expert,
Darren Doherty, for this timely workshop on Drought-Proofing Your Farm Utilizing Keyline Design. Keyline Design is a technique for maximizing beneficial use of water resources of a piece of land. Keyline Farming is an integrated approach to broadscale landscape design and a practice that emphasizes soil building and innovative water harvesting, with the resultant soils becoming the largest reservoir of water in a landscape. The workshop will also cover survey and layout methods including GPS (Global Positioning Systems).

Due to drought conditions Iowa has experienced for several growing seasons and the prediction that those conditions may well continue, it is imperative for growers to explore new techniques for maximizing efficient water use. Darren Doherty, expert from Australia, has had extensive experience across the planet in project design, development & management, with a focus on retrofitting broad-acre agricultural systems, and has been acclaimed as a pioneer in this important & often overlooked field. With an alumni of over 5000 people, Darren has conducted trainings across more than 40 countries and originated the Keyline Farming Course, Carbon Farming Course, Carbon Economy Course, RegenAG, and TransitionAG. He is a qualified Whole Farm Planner, Approved Keyline Designer, & Accredited Permaculture Training (APT) Trainer, and is based at 'Dehesa Felix', Eppalock, central Victoria, south eastern Australia.

The workshop is an intensive blend of technical & practical sessions targeted at farmers, professional land managers, consultants, designers, earth movers and anyone with a strong interest in sustainable land management and soil creation.

Our generous event sponsors:

Practical Farmers of Iowa, Leopold Center, National Center for Appropriate Technology
(NCAT), Backyard Abundance, Solar-powered KRUU 100.1 FM

Weekend workshop fee: $100; Students: $25, MUM Students: free.  Meals and Lodging are not included.  

Location: Free Friday Eve Public lecture- Argiro Center: 7:30 pm

Weekend-New Sustainable Living Building, MUM Campus: 9-5 Sat. and Sun.

For more information, please contact Molly Reiff at m_martlin@yahoo.com or 319.594.0086 or Leanne Hays at sustainableliving@mum.edu or 641.472.1174.

Pictures of Darren and keyline designs are generously shared by TreeYoPermaculture and Doug Crouch.  Here is a link to a great blog post from Doug on another workshop with Darren

Take a look at our workshop location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcbjB_JwU5c