Category: General Drought-Proofing Your Land

Drought-Proofing Your Land

November 15, 2015

In this one day workshop, Douglas Barnes will discuss water harvesting designs that can lessen the impact of drought on your land. It’s exciting, innovative stuff, bringing concepts from drought prone countries (like Australia and India) to Ontario. Douglas teaches about nature-mimicking designs that can help us catch more of the rain and snow that falls on our land. By capturing this water, or redirecting it to hydrate dry areas, we can alleviate risks of drought; stored water can be used for irrigation, aquaculture and beautification.

The workshop will cover theoretical material explaining the design process, water harvesting approaches applicable in Ontario, as well as possible problems and cautions. There will be a design exercise for students, and a tour of the Circle Organic site and its earthworks project. Circle Organic is installing an integral swale and dam system to assist in irrigation of our vegetable crops. This is the first stage in a broad vision for our site. Why are we concerned about these issues? We want to be prepared for drought (as climate continues to change and surprise us) and we are committed to protecting our ground water and advancing our land stewardship practices. If you’re interested in permaculture, water use, food security, etc. this workshop will be of interested to you!

Douglas Barnes is a designer, consultant, and teacher. His company, EcoEdge Design Ltd., was founded in 2006 and specializes in design and implementation of drought-combating earthworks and environmental design education. He has designed and implemented systems in India, Japan, and Canada, as well as consulting on projects in Japan, Canada and Australia. Douglas has taught courses in Japan and Canada as part of the Permaculture Institute of Eastern Ontario. He holds two Permaculture Design Course certificates: one taught by Geoff and Danial Lawton in Brisbane, Australia in 2004, and one taught by Geoff Lawton and permaculture founder Bill Mollison in Melbourne the following year. For more information visit

Please preregister for this workshop: 705.932.9888 or email .

Circle Organic
338 County Rd 10
Millbrook, ON L0A 1G0

Drought-Proofing Your Land

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