We're happy to introduce a new series of Q & A interviews with some of our 2013 National Bioneers Conference speakers. The first is with leading Permaculture Design expert Darren Doherty. Stay tuned for more interesting and informative Q & A interviews over the next few weeks!
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An Interview with Bioneer
Daren Doherty has developed a set of ecological agricultural practices that he calls Regrarianism for large-scale farming based on the work of master agrarians like Rudolf Steiner, Joel Salatin, Elaine Ingham and others. Regrarianism integrates permaculture, keyline design, holistic management and carbon farming to transform farms from their current atrophic condition into regenerative systems that provide ecological profit as well as economic benefit.
Bioneers: What are the principles of Regraianism?
Darren: Some of the key principles are to produce stable environments with sound watersheds; increase wildlife species & stability of populations; improve water, soil & vegetation resources of cities, industry & agriculture; prevent waste of financial, human & natural resources; utilize permaculture design principles; and develop viable decentralized energy production systems.
Bioneers: How does Regraranism help farmers mitigate and adapt to climate change?
Darren: One of the things we look at, which might seem like an unusual climate change strategy, is reducing debt, which in an agricultural environment is really crippling because it disempowers farmers from making the land stewardship decisions they would normally make. We try to get the debt out of the way by getting some higher margin activities in the stream of an enterprise so we can start to self-fund the more regenerative practices…. (Cont'd)
READ the full Bioneers interview with Darren Dohertyand his responses to questions concerningregraranism, carbon farming, the relationship between carbon and waterand more. Don't miss Darren's Keynote talk, Rebooting Agriculture for the Next 10,000 Years, at the 2013 National Bioneers Conference.
Now Accepting Conference Scholarship Applications
Bioneers is committed to making the National Bioneers Conference an experience accessible to participants from diverse backgrounds. With this in mind, we proudly offer a limited number of full and partial scholarships to qualifying individuals. To find out if you qualify, or to apply for a scholarship, clickHERE.
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Special Pricing Registration for Education and Youth Groups is Now Open
We believe a core component of our mission is to prepare the next generation of environmental and social change leaders, educators and activists. That's why we offer special conference discount pricing to education (educator and / or students) and youth groups of 6-10 attendees.
Education Groups. We greatly value our relationships with our educational and institutional partners, which is why we've added an Outreach Coordinator to our team to ensure our partners have the best possible experience at Bioneers. We are thrilled to introduce you to Jordan Howard, a 20 year old leader in environmental education, green schools and youth empowerment. Jordan is an in-demand speaker and educator who has worked with organizations such as the Surfrider Foundation, Sundance Institute and the Children's Nature Institute, and has even opened for Secretary of State Hilary Clinton at fundraisers.
Youth Groups. For information on Youth (ages 16 – 24) Groups activities, programing and registration, please visit our BioCon website or contact our Youth Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register Today to Receive a FREE 2013 BioCon Poster
If you register for a two or three day pass to BioCon 2013 by July 31, 2013 we'll send you a free official conference poster featuring the gorgeous artwork of artist Jo Whaley.
Jo Whaley is an artist and photographer whose work focuses on the interface between nature and urban technological culture. Working in series, the subject matter of her photographs over the last 25 years has ranged from allegorical nudes, to a revision of the "vanitas" still life tradition, to a fusion of natural history and environmental issues in the The Theater of Insects. The BioCon official image, entitled The Inquiry of Gaia, comes from Whaley's Global Folly series.
We have received so many compliments on the conference image this year and are infinitely indebted to Jo for allowing us to use her stunning image. To see more of her work, you can visit her website.
So REGISTER TODAY to receive this beautiful artwork and to connect with our network of networks at the National Bioneers Conference, where innovators, change-makers and global citizens are Turning Vision Into Action.
Please note that if you have already registered for a two or three day pass, you are automatically registered to receive the poster.
The Shark's Paintbrush: Biomimicry and How Nature is Inspiring Innovation
Longtime Bioneer Jay Harman has just written a new book introducing you to biomimcry's stunning solutions to some of the world's thorniest problems. Thanks to Jay's longstanding relationship with Bioneers, he has generously agreed to donate a portion of proceeds from the book to us.
Like Bioneers, biomimicry believes the wave of the future has been around since the beginning of time; it's called Nature.
Why does a bumble bee have better aerodynamices than a 747?
How can copying a butterfly wing reduce the world's lighting energy bill by 80 percent?