On this page we’ll be posted video interviews with students who have completed the DIY Land Design program. Come back frequently as we continue to add more video interviews!
5th Generation Farming Couple Design 2000 + Acres of Grazing Land
It really has been life changing to get all of our thoughts sorted out, so glad we got to do this at this time ~ Jenna & Brett on the DIY Land Design Process
Brett and Jenna are farming well over 2000 acres of land in Central Alberta and recently took the DIY Land Design program. They have used the process to help communicate with Jenna’s parents, plan for future projects and store management data.
- “the maps took it to a whole new level!” (6:30)
- Is permaculture useful on the broad acre? “Yes, definitely. I had this concern too, but it really is a tool to help you design what is important” (11:50)
- Who would benefit from this program? “The tools in the course that are based on holistic management which will help anyone. On any scale, large or small will benefit. Farmers and ranchers can benefit from these practices 10 fold!” (12:45)
- “It really has been life changing to get all of our thoughts sorted out, so glad we got to do this at this time” (30:22 )
Two quarter sections of raw land in Saskatchewan
Knowing where I want to go makes it’s all so exciting instead of overwhelming. ~ Brittany Liska on the DIY Land Design Process
Brittany Liska followed the DIY Land Design Process, and planned out the design of two quarter sections of raw land that she inherited in Saskatchewan. Brittany wanted to make sure she got it right the first time but was struggling with overwhelm and paralysis by analysis. In the first part of the video, she discusses with Rob & Takota the personal transformation she went through as a result of the process and starting at minute sixteen she provides a virtual tour of the homestead she designed using the Google Earth Pro DIY Land Design Template.
- “It really helped me understand what Step 1, what Step 2, in a way that’s going to be able to best support the successful development of my property” ( 9:10)
- “Because of the dialogue that we got back & forth with the folks in the group, I was able to get some awesome ideas for things that might work on my land that I wouldn’t have considered otherwise” (9:50)
- “In the beginning [land design] was more overwhelming than enjoyable. And now I feel like I have an approach that makes it so it feels like it’s productive instead of me spinning my wheels” (12:50)
- “Narrowing down all those possibilities and saying okay, you can’t do this, you can’t do this, because if you do you are going to be pulling out your hair. Maybe what you want to be doing is this direction. All of that is really helpful when you have a million ideas…” (22:00)
- “Once you start playing with Google Maps… it’s so much fun…. […] Be prepared if you are taking this course for it to take over your life a little, in a good way!”
- “I don’t think [setting goals] would have been achievable without some sort of a system […], I think it probably would have stayed a pipe dream, forever” (30:15)
- “Being able to be out on the land regularly, starting to catalogue the species and the things that are existing on the land and get just really start to get my feet into this project. That’s what I’m excited about. And knowing where I want to go makes it’s all so exciting instead of overwhelming.”(35:02)
Permaculture Design of a 2300 Acre Pastured Pork and Beef Ranch With DIY Land Design
I have done a lot courses and attended a lot of conferences and this is the most impactful thing I have done
In this video Ian from Red Tail farms talks about how the DIY Land Design Course has completely changed the way that he looks at his land. He gives us a tour of his new design and shares some of his key insights as a result of going through the process. You can find our more about Ian’s farm at: https://redtailfarms.ca/
- 5:31 “As for most people, our biggest struggle is time and money. The other thing we struggle with clarity in terms of where we are heading”
- 6:30 “We were struggling with “physical exhaustion, working to the bone, it was affecting family life and spending time with my boys”
- 8:27 “ One of the biggest things I got from the course is focusing on simplicity in our lives. I have come out of this looking at how we can do less”
- 11:10 “ I am looking my land completely differently now”
- 15:04 “some of the projects that we are doing are very long term, I am hoping we can pass on a farm that is really flourishing, it will give our kids a lot of ease”
- 16:06 “It was actually really easy, it is good for me because I am not a real computer guy”
- 16:33 “I put in about 20 hours so far”
- 17:00 “ I actually thoroughly enjoyed it, everything starts coming together, it was amazing once we started with the water and working through the whole thing, and then suddenly it was clear that this is where we wanted to be “
- 17:37 “moving forward now in this operation, we know what steps we need to take in order to get to where we want to be”
- 19:10 “I did not realize how impactful having contour lines were”
- 22:45 “ We live in a very dry area, we get 12-15 inches per year if the weather changes out here water is going to very important to our survival as it is one of the major weak links for us”
- 24:24 “I’ve heard of a lot of permaculture practices, a lot of it did not seem applicable for a large scale cattle farm, but this course has shown me that it is applicable to large and small scale”
- 38:44 “ specifically, this course is for any landowner, any farmer, this can even be done on small scale, this course is for anyone thinking or farming in a different manner than what we traditionally do on this planet right now.”
- 41:40 “ I am now super clear”
- 47:00 “ I have done a lot courses and attended a lot of conferences and this is the most impactful thing I have done”
Designing a Profitable Fungi and Livestock Farm
Megan and Kwesi talk about the design of their farm, Akesi Farms. They go in detail about how they used contour maps, water flows and weak link analysis to make decisions about what projects to work on next, which ones to put to the back burner and which ones to abandon.
- … coming soon!
Rob & Takota