Building Soil and Keeping Water
Whole Farmscape Design-Build-Manage
Irrigation Systems and Earthworks
Fire Mitigation and Prevention
Flood Mitigation and Prevention
Pastured Animal Enterprises
Market Garden Design-Build-Manage
Perennial Agroforestry Systems
Native Pollinator Habitat
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 addresses many 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 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. This is achieved by using specific techniques like 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 productivity in dryland regions with low rainfall.