Saturday, August 23, 2014

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Drought Proof Your Farm With Darren Doherty

Here is a video of Darren Doherty at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. This was the kickoff event for the "Drought Proof Your Farm" workshop.

The Sustainable Living Department at Maharishi University of Management was proud to host Darren Doherty, Australian Permaculture expert, over the weekend of November 30th for his "Drought Proof Your Farm" workshop.  The workshop was attended by more than 65 people from Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, and as far away as Texas, Montana, and California.  Over 5000 people have taken courses with Darren across more than 40 countries and he has helped design water management systems and integrated plans for over 1500 farms.

The weekend started with a free public lecture on Friday evening where Darren introduced Regen10-a holistic design approach that starts with improving soil conditions and has the aim of going way beyond mere sustainability. It is very practical in the sense that it is local: engaging producers, consumers and ecosystems in symbiotic relationships that are profitable, healthy and always improving.
 
The MUM Department of Sustainable Living is very fortunate to have been able to bring Darren to Fairfield to share this timely knowledge. We are very pleased with the turnout for the workshop and wish to extend our deep appreciation to our sponsors one final time; Practical Farmers of Iowa, The Leopold Center, The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), Backyard Abundance and Solar-powered KRUU 100.1 FM have made this workshop a success by enabling the attendance of many who can now take this knowledge back to their own communities to share. We look forward to many more opportunities to work and learn together.

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