The ‘Regrarians Handbook’ is a succinct & sequential outline of over 300 integrated methodologies and techniques that have been proven over many years of universal application to work towards regenerating human, plant and animals’ lives along with production landscapes. It does so in a wholly practical, positive & pragmatic fashion, promising to be a relatively ageless tome that generations of users will refer to as they negotiate the design, development & management of systems they operate.
Darren has joined forces with ‘Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual‘ (1988) Designer, Illustrator & Editor Andrew Jeeves along with Regrarians’ resident polymath, Georgi Pavlov, in what promises to be the production of an ‘instant classic’.
“…The layout by Andrew Jeeves is informative, attractive and simple;
his drawings express concisely points sometimes belaboured in the
text. I found myself paging through the book just to take in the artwork…”
Mark Hankins, Right by Design, New Scientist, December 1989
(of ‘Permaculture: A Designers Manual’)
Georgi G. Pavlov is the Regrarians Handbook’s lead researcher and writer, working full-time with Darren in the development of the manuscript. Georgi is a polymath who has an incredible scope of experiences across his homeland of Bulgaria but also across central Europe, the Mediterranean and Latin America. Georgi and Darren have worked together for many years in servicing Regrarians clients, program participants and our network of professional associates. Georgi’s older brother Smilyan is Regrarians IT Manager.
Kim Bear (of BearInk) is our Editor and Proof Reader with over 30 years experience in this field. She has ably bridged the transition from analogue to digital print, however maintains a fastidiousness attention to detail that spans the ages. Together with her husband Ian, Kim is also a farmer here in central Victoria and has been a participant in many Regrarians workshops over the last decade, and are Regrarians farm planning clients.
The size, feel & format of this book is that of a handbook such that it is an easy and ready accompaniment to the emerging Regrarians kit. Accordingly the handbook is structured to be easily understood with a limited array of jargon, easy to navigate with colour-coded chapter tabs and headings, highly descriptive (black & white) illustrations with none of the superfluity that practical people will find easy to summon into action.
Following the theme of ‘user-friendliness’, we intend to have references listed within any page or at the end of each chapter NOT at the end of the book.
The primary inspiration for ‘The Regrarians Handbook’ was based on my own needs. I’ve used 8″ x 6″ Moleskine/Rhodia notebooks over many years to record and design, annotate and conjure. I carry a number of volumes around with me due to the valuable information in them that can’t be readily found anywhere else. Since starting the project many others have agreed that this is a book that will address an enormous gap and now obvious need.
The secondary inspiration was that of the late P.A. Yeomans and his ‘Keyline Scale of Permanence’ (1958). Permaculture co-originator David Holmgren described Yeomans as the ‘first person to develop a system of functional broadscale landscape design’ and the Keyline Scale of Permanence was central to this system. As a life-long ‘Keyliner’, I have taken great inspiration from the practicality and universal applicability of Yeomans’ principles to production landscapes.
‘The Regrarians Handbook’ is also about its users developing a broader capacity to understanding how to apply integrated & holistic decision-making and design into production landscapes that at once encourages self-determination and also recommends due diligence.
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