Rainfall and our Swale

The trees are all in, and the acre of food savannah we planted is chock full of an amazing crop of wheat and canola volunteers from previous seasons as industrial farm land. There is a good deal of goosegrass, field pennycress, stink weed, wild amaranth, and dandelion. All in all a pretty nice cover crop […]

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Keyline in the snow…

So it is cah-ray-zee busy right now. Between the urban farm and the country farm I’m running around dodging snow storms and sun burns all in the same week. Yesterday I was hauling out 2200 litre water tanks to the farm as part of our water infrastructure. It was a wet, cold day of wrestling […]

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The Hazelnuts Cometh

So I am part of a group of people who are bringing in a bunch of hybrid hazelnuts for trials here in Alberta. 500 of the darling plants are bound for our place near Carstairs, and since our property is currently leased out for another 2 years I had to figure out where to stick […]

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Unravelling Keyline, Part 4

So I have been reading a bit of stuff by Darren Doherty and his design process. He’s got photos on his site and Facebook pages that show step by step how they do their planning. So I took that and added it into what I’ve already read and re-jigged the layouts. This set of images […]

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Unravelling Keyline, Part 3

I wasn’t happy with the way the last plan worked out, it didn’t seem to have the right sort of fit for dugouts to fill and for water to distribute across the part of the farm I’m working on. I took a look at the keyline planning and layout done on Taranaki Farms in Australia […]

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Unravelling Keyline, Part 2

Down the rabbit hole I go… One of the things I’ve found tough about learning and researching keyline planning is a lack of real world documentation, particularly early planning on a topographic map. So I’m going to post the process I go through as I wrangle the plans for our property. This set of pictures […]

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Thoughts on water

A couple years ago I read P.A. Yeoman’s “Water for Every Farm”. In a nutshell it focuses on planning a farm from an order of permanence view with a focus on capturing and using as much rainfall and runoff as possible. If you are farming in an area where droughts (short seasonal or periodic) are […]

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