AER. Growing Abundant Futures.
How We Achieve Our Vision
What We Do
AER Design Principles
Observe Nature's Patterns
Our foundational approach is to interpret nature's patterns by observing your local ecosystem and its micro-climate, then applying those patterns in production landscapes
Topsoil regeneration is imperative. Every civilization that has degraded its topsoil has gone extinct. Topsoil changes exponentially, whether in growth or decay. If we are not building soil, then we are not regenerative.
Whole Farmscape Design-Build-Manage
Irrigation Systems and Earthworks
Fire Mitigation and Prevention
Flood Mitigation and Prevention
Pastured Animal Enterprises
Market Garden Design-Build
Perennial Agroforestry Systems
Native Pollinator Habitat
*Photo Credit: Richard Perkins, Ridgedale Permaculture AB
From Patterns to Details
AER Methods, Practices and Frameworks
Agroecology emphasizes the use of ecological principles to design and manage sustainable and resilient farming systems. In a drylands context, agroecology is important because it addresses many farming challenges such as irrigation load, biodiversity loss and soil degradation by conserving resources and improving the well-being of farmers and rural communities.
Keyline design is a land-management technique that prioritizes the relative permanence of factors and features on the landscape. Importantly, it utilizes the shape of the land to optimize the flow and distribution of water on a property. The main goal of keyline design is to increase the amount of water that infiltrates into the soil and to decrease it's transit time through the soil, which in turn improves soil fertility and yields. This is achieved by using specific techniques, such as various subsoiling patterns and water catchment structures.
Keyline design is particularly useful on small farms because it can improve the efficiency of water use and increase the productivity of land in dryland regions with low rainfall.