Darren J. Doherty on master plans, Keyline design, carbon farming, dung beetles, and much else (e17)

Darren J. Doherty in a misty paddock with some cows

In this episode you get to be a fly on the wall during a farm consultancy conducted by renowned farm planner and Regrarian Darren J. Doherty. I’m sure I don’t need to spell out the resonance between Darren’s comments about why he no longer does master plans and the current Making Permaculture Stronger inquiry (where I refer to master planning as fabricating).

Thanks to Darren for his support on jobs like this as well as his kind permission to share his words here.


  1. Fascinating! Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, snotty glomalin, busy dung beetles. Love it! Thank you both 🙂
    (Still gonna be a vegetarian, but I figure that we veggos can happily cohabit the planet with you enviro-omnis. If enough of us eschew meat, you guys will be able to keep stocking rates low enough to steward the land with these techniques, while serving the market demand. It’s counter-intuitive, but really the two camps should team up to defeat the industrialized meat debacle! Hopefully on-farm slaughter will one day be a thing – that one bad day is probably the most divisive issue…. )

  2. Enjoyed listening to this! I love how Darren negates the need for expensive fuel guzzling machines by using nature i.e. grasses (+ fungi), cows, dung beetles… so much sense in this! I hope there is more of this from Darren’s consult.

  3. This was a great format as well of course as the content. More in this style would be fantastic. Keep up the great work. Cheers Jon

  4. Thanks for the opportunity to work with you and your team (and clients!) Dan.

    I also appreciate you taking this effort to turn this all into a podcast and hope that it will prove useful to others as they seek to improve their work — be that as a producer seeking to develop a farm plan or a consultant looking to do the same for others.

    If people want to know more about what we at Regrarians get up to then please visit our website: http://www.Regrarians.org. If you are interested in being a Regrarians Workplace member then check out the membership options at http://www.regrarians.org/memberships/.

    Furthermore I look forward to any critical dialogue that may follow any listening of this podcast.

    Thanks again Dan and we look forward to the opportunity to work with you and your team in the future.


    Darren J. Doherty, CPAg
    Regrarians Ltd.

    1. Always a pleasure Darren and thank you for the incredible contribution your work continues to make to this broader conversation.

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