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Regrarians/Very Edible Gardens Earthworks Practicum April 2014

Yandoit, Australia Yandoit Victoria 3461, Australia

Regrarians/Very Edible Gardens Earthworks Practicum (Monday, 14 Apr 2014 10:00 AM - Friday, 18 Apr 2014 04:00 PM)


Want to do earthworks on your property but don't know where to start or how to manage & design an earthworks project? If YES, then this is the practicum for you!

This five-day hands-on workshop will cover all aspects of designing and implementing earthworks including roads, diversion drains, dams & wetlands. For the last six months Very Edible Gardens have been working with Bendigo-based non-profit Regrarians Ltd.'s designer, Darren J Doherty on the keyline and permaculture-inspired design of Yandoit Farm, a beautiful 140-acre property in Yandoit, Central Victoria on the Jim Crow Creek. Yandoit Farm is owned by Lisa & Michael Jackson and is currently a beef cattle operation running 84 head with plans to expand into broadscale agroforestry and other livestock systems.

You can see Darren's initial design sketch process for the property here:


This workshop shares the practical experience of putting a design into practice, and involves working with Jennings Earthmoving Services (Castlemaine VIC) whom Darren has worked with for 20 years. Over the week of the 14-18 April 2014 we are building two 2-3ML dams, access roads (that also collect water), lockpipe installation, diversion drains, culverts, plus a couple of wetlands. We'll also have a Yeomans Keyline Plow (owned by Regrarians Ltd.) doing its great work including laying the 50mm water grid for the property.

It will be a busy week, with a stack of activities going on. Darren will be the lead facilitator with our support.

You are welcome to camp on farm or find accommodation nearby (site is within 20min from Daylesford & Castlemaine). You will be well fed from onsite gardens and various local suppliers.

We’ll be filming the whole process, so be prepared to be on camera.


4-18 April 2014


Yandoit Farm, 105 Steeles Rd, Yandoit, Victoria


Warm Work Clothes and Boots, Camping Gear (if camping), Notebook, Camera, Great Positive Attitude


On site Camping (recommended) or in town


Flights into Melbourne (MEL) & almost hourly trains from Melbourne to Castlemaine. We can pick you up and drop you off at the Castlemaine Station.


$650 for individuals or $450 per person if part of a couple or group. You are also welcome to attend part of the workshop on a daily rate basis: $90/day per person for couples or groups, $130/day for singles


Phone Very Edible Gardens, Dan Palmer on 0422448933 or Email: veg@veryediblegardens.com

Numbers are strictly limited to 20 people.



A handbook will be supplied to each participant as part of the practicum. Also please bring a portable hard-drive or larger memory stick as we have a lot of electronic resources we're happy to share.



*Overview of Design including catchment analysis, site walk/landscape reading, geotechnical reports, Digital Design: cross sections/plan view/volumes, budgeting, contractor relations and scheduling + sequence of works

*Site set out with various survey equipment (high and low tech)
*Machinery arrival & meeting with Earthmover

*Continue set out
*Work with earthmover and crew guided hands-on description throughout various works

DAYS 3-5
*Continue to work through the development including finishing, seeding, mulching etc.
*Party at site on Friday night with a few drinks and a BBQ.


Regrarians Ltd. Founder & Director Darren J. Doherty has extensive experience across the world in project design, development, management & training.

A career-long focus on the profitable & regenerative retrofit of broadacre landscapes has seen Darren acclaimed as a pioneer in this important & often overlooked field.
Darren is a 5th generation Bendigo farmer, developer, author & trainer and has been involved in the design & development of over 1600, mostly broadacre projects across 5 continents in 47 countries, ranging from 1 million hectare cattle stations in Australia. For more information see his website: www.regrarians.org


Your participation in this course includes access to Michael & Lisa's ProBiotic Omnivorous Offerings include breakfast, morning/afternoon tea, lunch & dinner. These amazing locally sourced food & beverages are supplied FREE OF CHARGE for everyone attending this event and it is your choice to eat that which is provided.

If you don't want to consume any of the locally sourced, processed and supplied food & beverages we have on offer then you will need to self-cater at your own expense.
If you have strict dietary requirements then either bring some of your favourites or let us know ASAP otherwise your options will be limited. You'll be contacted by email once you've made your booking and also close to the event giving any final instructions and information.


Should the event be cancelled for any reason then Very Edible Gardens PTY LTD bears no liability for any costs any registered attendees, their associates, companies, partners or family incur as a result of this cancellation apart from the ticket cost itself. Any person or entity buying tickets for this event agrees with this Cancellation Policy as a condition of purchase.

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