Darren J. Doherty

Off the Contour #24 – #KeylineSuperPlow History

Off the Contour #24 – #KeylineSuperPlow History

1994/95 Our dear friends Nada & Tony Smark (then of Woodbrook Farm) bought us our first Yeomans Keyline Plow in return for us designing & developing their first vineyard & forest (which was a Keyline vineyard & forest – see picture below!). What is a ‘Regrarians Keyline Superplow’? History Since…

Holstons Savannah Shade Study

The integration of trees into agricultural landscapes is done in many different ways. One layout that has a lot of practical and aesthetic appeal to even the most ardent of graziers is the savannah. Otherwise known as open grassy woodlands, dehesa (see photo below) and montado these systems are seen…

Off the Contour #23 – Fertile Landscapes SuperPlow Project

Off the Contour #23 – Fertile Landscapes SuperPlow Project

Over the last few years Franck Chevallier (France) has developed a open source (OS) subsoiler which is designed to be able to be built by local metal workers using readily available materials. In 2016 Regrarians’ Darren J. Doherty instigated the formation of a working group to develop formal CAD plans…

Off the Contour #22 — Producing chickens like cows

Off the Contour #22 — Producing chickens like cows

by Darren J. Doherty 2016 marked 40 years since Earl Butz (1909-2008) resigned as USA Secretary of Agriculture, however his vision for ‘getting big or getting out’ and ‘planting fence row to fence row’ has continued unabated — as have the terms of trade decline for producers and the decreased…

Irrigation Dam Concept Layout

Irrigation Dam Concept Layout

The late, great P.A. Yeomans (1904-1984) did the world a great service by developing the #Keyline farm planning system from the 1940’s. With this he provided some excellent and enduring work on the ground on any number of properties across Australia and a few other parts of the world, notably a…

Low-Tillage Non-Inversion Tree Establishment?

Low-Tillage Non-Inversion Tree Establishment?

Over the years I’ve been musing and discussing with both myself and a number of folks about the notion of non-inversion, low-till broad scale tree/shrub establishment. Its always concerned me that methods we pioneered, going back to the mid 90’s with the DOJO (ripper:tiller:mounder) and beyond, have been particularly deleterious…

#RegrariansGeography Process — Holstons Station

#RegrariansGeography Process — Holstons Station

#2Geography in the #RegrariansPlatform® — our first planning project for 2017 — Holstons Pastoral Co is 1000ha (2500ac) property near Buchan in Gippsland, VIC, AU. Here we are starting things off with the #RegrariansGeography analysis — this is in part based on the late P.A. Yeomans Keyline® Geographic and Geometric analysis…

2017 Kicks off at Holston’s Station

2017 Kicks off at Holston’s Station

We kicked off 2017 with our first farm visit for the year at the 1300ha Holstons Station near Buchan in east Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. The brief is to design build a complete Keyline® landscape using the #RegrariansPlatform. We tested the new DJI #MavicPro — both for getting a bird’s eye view of the site…

#EatBuyGrow Rally + Event Media Release

#EatBuyGrow Rally + Event Media Release

3rd February 2015 MEDIA RELEASE Internationally renowned “World’s Most Innovative Farmer” (TIME Magazine) Joel Salatin, ABC TV’s Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis and the doyen of the local food movement are leading a lunchtime rally on the Victorian Parliament House steps PLUS a free evening event at the Collingwood Town…

Permaculture Forestry Course with David Holmgren & Darren Doherty

Permaculture Forestry Course with David Holmgren & Darren Doherty

Four days of presentations, discussions, site tours and practical activities presented by Holmgren Design and Regrarians for all those engaged or enthusiastic about growing and managing trees and forests for timber and multiple values. Bringing together the complementary knowledge and skill sets of permaculture co-originator David Holmgren and Regrarians farm planner…