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Brad Lancaster with Warren Brush & Brenton Kelly: Water for Every Farm: Earthworks for Resiliency in an Era of Drought, April 5–8, 2017 — Hyder AZ

April 5, 2017 - April 8, 2017


Water for Every Farm:

April 5-8, 2017

In collaboration with Lush Cosmetics, join international educator Warren Brush, with a dynamic teaching team including Brad Lancaster as well as Brenton Kelly of Quail Springs Permaculture, at Jalisco Jojoba Farm in Hyder, Arizona. Learn about earthworks and hydration strategies for ecological farming, land restoration, water harvesting, and earth reparation for agro-ecosystem stability with a focus on dryland applications.
Worldwide, topsoil erosion averages 30 to 40 tons per hectare (2.5 acres) per year, which is 30- to 40- times faster than the replacement rate of topsoil. The need is growing daily for people with hands-on skills in hydrological restoration and the integration of farming utilizing the principles that lead to ecological stability. Whether you are working on your own landscape, farm, or as a consultant, this course will grow your skills in the appropriate design and construction of structures that will reduce erosion, increase productivity, harvest & store water, and create resiliency in the ecologies that sustain us.
Click for the course flyer, which includes a working overview of the schedule (subject to change)

The program offers an overview of: 

  • Ethics and principles of permaculture as applied to land restoration and regenerative design
  • Land-component identification
  • Natural patterning in farm application
  • Water-harvesting, drought-proofing, and erosion-mitigation systems applications
  • Earthworks & soil-renovation techniques and machinery applications
  • Planting structures and guild development
  • An emphasis on dryland strategies
The following systems will be explained and participants will be able to assist in surveying, mapping and construction of various elements of:

  • Swales
  • Soil armoring
  • Anti-evaporation structures
  • Water flow harvest structures
  • Dryland drains and roads
  • Erosion-mitigation structures


A major component of this course will be hands-on skill development where we will develop on-site earthworks with large earth-moving equipment: 

  • Landform discovery and mapping
  • Water-flow calculation
  • Use of survey equipment
  • Soil testing for earthworks
  • Construction flagging
  • Appropriate earthworks system application for dryland context
  • Working appropriately with equipment operators
  • Equipment overview and application
  • Large swale development and systems linking
  • System planting and commissioning
  • Additional hydration strategies

Tuition Cost: $1050
*Financial assistance may be available for students and next-generation farmers

For more information or if you have any additional questions, please contact Ana at


April 5, 2017
April 8, 2017