The World's Leading Farm Planning Program
If you find yourself asking questions like:
"Where should I put an access road?" "Should I get pigs or cattle?" "What types of trees should I plant?" "What do I actually want to be doing on a daily basis?"
There is a platform and a decision-making framework that helps you answer all of these questions.
It’s called The Regrarians Platform.
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WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Young professionals flock to the cities. Since before the days of Henry Ford, we’ve been moving ourselves from the countryside in favor of industry: from the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts to Wall Street to the WeWorks of Williamsburg.
Wasn’t the dream to accumulate some financial wealth, own a piece of property, have chickens, plant trees, breathe clean air, and have time for leisure? We think it still is.
MAKING BETTER DECISIONS
“Regrarian” is a portmanteau that combines the words regenerative and agrarian. The platform is a how-to guide for agriculture that solves problems rather than create them.
Time and energy spent to acquire land merits time and energy spent to develop it thoughtfully. We can either pass on the decision-making process to a landscape architect, who may not be living on the landscape, or we can intimately involve ourselves in creating our terrestrial destiny.
WE USE THe regrarian's FRAMEWORK
Propagate Ventures focuses on finance, design and install of agroforestry systems. Agroforestry is the intentional incorporation of productive trees onto farmland. To compare, think solar-panel financing, but in that model, replace the solar panel concept with trees crops.
We work closely with Regrarians, as their decades of industry leadership in global farm design experience pays for itself. REX is a 10-week online farm-design course that is taught by Regrarians.
The Regrarians Platform is a guide to creating a working farm that produces exactly what the land manager wants to produce. It is both extensive and introspective, and continuously works-in feedback loops.
- Climate | Trends in weather, as well as trends in thought. The climate of the mind is the foundation of everything moving forward.
- Geography | The landform: how steep are your hills? What is the psychography of your region?
- Water | How much water do you need, in various levels of quality? Where should water be stored? How should it be distributed across the landscape?
- Access | Where should farm roads and access ways go? How accessible are you to other people? What does your access to markets and skilled labor look like?
- Forestry | Trees are relatively permanent. Where should they go and in what configuration? What will they look like in 10 years? How much do they cost to install?
- Buildings | Buildings’ desired function dictates their form. Where should they go? Build for now; place for tomorrow. Mobile infrastructure is a plus.
- Fencing | What sorts of animals are we keeping in and out of the farm? Where would we like these beasts to be, and when? Use portable fencing.
- Soils | Healthy soil is fundamental to the growth of plants, animals, and humans. However, its composition is easy to change.
- Economy | What is your financial capacity? What does your statement of cash flows look like? Who is going to buy your product? Produce what you like to eat.
- Energy | From where are you obtaining electricity? How effectively are you allocating your time? Our primary role is to enhance photosynthesis.
How do you use it?
The platform is based on the Keyline scale of permanence. Moving to higher numbers on the platform infers decreasing levels of permanence.
For example, the amount of precipitation that falls on your land is more difficult to change than the topography. Topography is more difficult to change than the location of a road. The trees you plant are permanent, and are harder to move than your fences. Meanwhile, your fences are more permanent than the subtleties of your business plan and cash flows. So, as you can see, it can begin to get complex without guidance.
Agriculture-oriented books can collectively weigh 210 pounds. Would you rather start reading down that road, without guidance? Or can REX point you in the right direction? Over a 10 week period, we’ll build your capacity to focus your farming bandwidth, and afterward, you’ll have access to a network of some of the best regenerative farmers on the planet.
WHO'S RUNS THE COURSE:
Darren J. Doherty
REX Program Leader
A 5th generation Bendigo region farmer, developer, author and trainer, and has been involved in the design and development of well over 2000, mostly broadacre projects across 6 continents in over 50 countries, ranging from 1 million hectare cattle stations in Australia’s Kimberly region to 110,000 acre Estancia’s in Patagonia, EcoVillage developments in Tasmania to public-private R&D, agroforestry and education projects in Vietnam, novel ag machinery development, and family farms across the globe with a range of private, corporate, government and non-profit clients.
a view into what Propagate Ventures does
At Propagate Ventures, our place in the course centers on modeling the costs of agroforestry. How much do rows of trees cost to plant and manage? How many hours should you spend to prepare the soil, buy the trees, plant and prune them, and harvest fruit and timber? What do your market outlets look like? Do the trees you are planting align with what you actually want your farm to produce?
The Regrarians Team includes veteran farm designers, grazing and livestock prodigies, folks from 12 countries of dry and humid climates and everywhere in between.
Propagate Ventures has partnered with Regrarians to scale agroforestry into a cornerstone of agriculture.
Sign up below. We hope to see you there.