Farm Planning Process

The ‘Regrarians Works Pattern’ is up to a 15 step process that has been refined over our 25+ years in the Regenerative Agriculture & Living industry. We follow this process depending on your critical & self-determined needs.

Regrarians Ltd. Prices & Donations are (GST inc. – Australia only):

Land Planning & Consulting: AUD$150/hour (Australia only) — in all other countries Regrarians Ltd. Directors organise design and planning conventions which are levied by donation only. 

Travel Charge: AUD$66/hour (i.e. Planes, Trains and Automobiles etc. AND split between convention hosts when on a tour)

Travel – Flights, Hire Car + Fuel: At Cost (split between clients)

Full Trading Conditions: HERE

Regrarians Subscribers: Have some discounts available for some of the items listed in the Regrarians Works Pattern below.

The REX Online Farm Planning Program Option: We actively recommend that people take up the option of signing up as a Regrarians ‘Planner’ level subscriber so that you get full access to the renowned REX program. Taking this option will save you literally $1000’s – money that you can put towards developing the plan that we help you create during a REX.

Regrarians Works Pattern

We have a complete set of forms and workflows available for you to fill in and follow if you choose to work with us. Following is a summary of all of the workflow steps.

  1. Holistic Context Completion  Client Completes2+ hours
    A. Obtain a copy of the 1. Climate chapter of the Regrarians eHandbook,
    B. Read sections 1.09—1.11 (pp.25-29) and
    C. Complete the 1. Climate checklist (Appendix 3 pp.68-70)
    D. Consider using the excellent resources on Holistic Context development available at the Savory Institute.
  2. Create a boundary map in GoogleEarth of the project area and send it to us as a .kmz file.
  3. Online MeetingOnline1-2 hours – Through our interactive (& recordable!) Regrarians ONline service we often have a discussion around key issues/needs ahead of any farm visit. RON is also a stand-alone service through which we deliver training and support
  4. Aerial.Topo.Slope Map ProductionDesktop1-3+ hours – Developed & printed ahead of the consultation by the Regrarians Mapping team
  5. RUAV Mapping ServiceFarm/Online/Desktop1-3+ days – Use your own UAV to map your property or have Regrarians do it for you.
  6. Regrarians Platform ChecklistFarm2-5+ hours – Check through the 10 layers of this renowned platform to cover most elements/issues on any farm
  7. Farm WalkNTalk/Site AnalysisFarm2-5+ hours – Walk/Drive/Ride over the property, generating how-to’s, troubleshooting & suggestions for various themes of development and management. Following our direction you can also use video and apps like GPS Kit to complete your own site analysis. 
  8. Regrarians Platform® Concept PlanningFarm2-4+ hours – Sketching of broad concepts for development onto the Aerial.Topo map + designation of broad landscape/management treatment options & processes
  9. Client Feedback – Online/Desktop1-3+ days – Using the Regrarians® Workplace platform we will engage in feedback
  10. Regrarians Platform® Digitised Detail Planning – Desktop4-15+ hours – GIS/CAD-based concept plans & 3D render development to varying levels of details according to the client expectations & budget
  11. Regrarians Platform® Reports – Desktop10-15+ hours – Google Docs-based short and long reports that outline the unique features of the project that you are undertaking the development and management of.
  12. Regrarians Platform® BOQ – Desktop10-15+ hours – Google Sheets-based ‘Bills of Quantity’ (BOQ) production that provide estimates to design development dimensions, materials & costs
  13. Client Feedback – Online/Desktop1-3+ days – Using the Regrarians® Workplace platform we will engage in feedback with the clients around any Regrarians Platform® detail plans, reports and BOQ.
  14. RRenders – Desktop10-15+ hours – The Regrarians Mapping team can produce realistic renders for marketing and to also help you interpret the future look of the property where these plans have been installed. 
  15. FollowUpOnline/FarmOngoingUsing the Regrarians® Workplace platform we’re available to our clients for calls & RON meetings/trainings, P2P & B2B sessions OR follow up RUAV monitoring/survey/supervision work on a pro rata basis

Following is a example farm planning process Regrarians Ltd. has undertaken:

The cost (AU$) breakdown for an Australian 230ha (570ac) design project (July-Sept 2013) is as follows:

  • 4 x 1:10000 TopoMap digital data (desktop) – $140
  • 6 x BaseMap Production (desktop) – $792
  • 8 x Travel to farm (split with other clients) – $528
  • 16 x Consulting (at farm) – $2112
  • 27 x Farm Plan, Report & Bill of Quantities (desktop)- $3564
  • Total – $7136 or $12.50/acre OR $31/hectare
  • Land prices in that district are around $3-5000/acre 
  • Total development cost of the design is in the order of $300-500,000 ($510850/ac – $13002100/ha).

1) Google Earth

Google Earth photo data is getting better all of the time and it is a blessing to have it available. We use Google Earth Pro, NearMap & other services to obtain high quality images and then use ‘Grab’ or similar apps to take higher resolution screen shots and then use Photoshop’sPhotomerge‘ tools to assemble a very high quality mosaic as we have done in this case, making sure that each ‘Grab’ has sufficient overlap to allow the photo merge possible. Send us your GoogleEarth Boundary Map following these very steps HERE!!



2) The Cadastral Layer

The cadastral layer identifies the legal title boundaries which is important to know, particularly if the client has it in their mind to subdivide the property in future and will want the landscape plan to reflect that potential. This was not the clients’ intention here and so we have planned within the boundary of the 2 titles in this block.


3) Topographic Map

A topographic map is necessary for us to analyse the landform and help us develop plans that ‘bring water under control‘ (P.A. Yeomans) as when we do that we can develop reliable and profitable agricultural ecologies. Ideally we would have 0.5-1.0m contour maps however they are not always available due to their relatively high cost to the farmer (AUD$8+/hectare). In this case we’ve been able to access a photogrammetry-based 5m government contour map which was recently surveyed and whilst not optimal will suffice for the grade of planning ‘tolerances’ many pastoral properties need.


A topographic map with a resolution of 0.5-1m contour interval (derived from RTK GPS, Lidar, Total Station & Photogrammetry) is ideal as a starting point for a Regrarians farm plan. Follwing are two maps developed by Surveyors contracted by Regrarians.

The first is a RTK GPS-derived topographic map (with water flow arrows) of a 40ha Regrarians client’s holding generated by Victorian firm FarmingIT for around $8/ha (+ travel).

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The second is photogrammetry-derived topographic map of Very Edible Gardens/Regrarians client Yandoit Farm (60ha) surveyed by Colin Thomas of LandForm Surveys. Colin used a eBee Sensefly UAV to capture the high resolution aerial photo together with a RTK GPS marking out on the ground elevation control points from which to create the 3D model necessary to make this 0.5m interval contour map.


These an also be converted into a low cost 3D model for easier reading/interpretation by Regrarians partners in HUMA Designs (Georgi Pavlov) – this sample 3D model is of a Permaculture Rising/Regrarians client’s 200 ha property in Oregon, USA

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4) Water Storage

After calculating the number of livestock that will be able to be sustained (including projected improvements in carrying capacity) on this parcel we then work out how much water is needed in storage, making allowances for unreliable rain and dry years that are a regular feature of South Eastern Australia. With the advent of plastic pipe we are able to deliver water very efficiently by gravity after a windmill pumps water to an elevated header tank. Today’s powerful bulldozers with hydraulic rippers and tilting hydraulic blades can build deep dams (4-6m+) with a minimum of surface area thereby reducing evaporation considerably over shallow dams with large surface areas. 1:1 internal batters are also feasible largely because livestock are fenced out as they get their water from portable troughs fed by the gravity-fed pipe network.


5) Water Harvesting

After siting dams high in the landscape we usually need to increase their catchment. This provides for increased storage reliability which is of course critical to the success of an enterprise that needs water for livestock and other purposes. Consideration of reduced runoff due to improved land management practices (increasing the water cycle) also comes into play and further increases the need for catchment devices. These 1:400 gradient drains will harvest overland flow from summer storms when the ground is naturally dry and harder and in autumn-spring when field capacity is reached.


6) Calculating Catchment

Its important as part of the process of scoping out water harvesting & storage projects to ensure that what you think will work will actually work. That’s why Regrarians applies a 5 step process of due diligence before building any dam, including catchment analysis to determine the volumes of run off available to a proposed site.


7) Irrigation

Irrigation reticulation pipe is best laid on ridges to allow for maximum coverage of foothills landscapes. Other elements such as farm roads, trees and fencing then follow these water lines as conduits of flow & subdivision. This pattern ensures that you always know where the pipes are and always will even if the land changes hands!



8) Access

Access is critical on any property and especially where multiple visits are required to livestock or other farm systems. Keyline water planning determines the placement of roads to follow that of water systems, in this case the piped reticulation system. Like water pipe, farm roads should ideally be central to service as much land as possible, be in a loop and be on the apex of ridges to reduce slope, erosion, earthworks and permit maximum vision to the landscape under management.


9) Headlands

Headlands are necessary for any project layout to provide for vehicle turning be it a wheel barrow or 30′ header! Keyline cultivation patterns are also the guide for the placement of parallel rows of trees in either wide spacing (eg. 60m x 60m ‘Grassy Woodland/Dehesa) or contiguous rows or belts.


10) Forestry

Various forestry systems are integrated in with the headlands offsets & Keyline guidelines restricting the extent of these systems. Placement of respective systems is determined by the distance from the yards along with solar access, wind direction and client discussions.



11) Legend and Annotation

Completed plan with internal electric fences added and brief, coded annotations for the various design elements.



12) 3D Design Digital Illustration

Completed plan as a digital illustration by Georgi Pavlov of HUMA Designs (Regrarians partners).


13) 3D Design Digital Render

Completed plan as a digital render by Georgi Pavlov of HUMA Designs (Regrarians partners).


Concept digital design render of Carversville Farm (Regrarians Design) by Georgi Pavlov of HUMA Designs (Regrarians partners).


Concept digital design relief of ground scene by Georgi Pavlov of HUMA Designs (Regrarians partners).


14) 3D Design Digital Render Animation

Completed convention design (of Hoku Nui LLC – Makawao, Mau’i, Hawai’i – another Regrarians convention host) as a digital render animation by Georgi Pavlov of HUMA Designs (Regrarians Ltd. partners in Bulgaria).

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