#REX2KANSAS – 10 Days of Integrated Farm Planning Training with Darren J. Doherty at Callicrate Cattle Co in St. Francis Kansas

Sustaining today’s broken food system is not an option. From pasture and field, from slaughter to plate, REX10 will be developing a plan for regenerating a healthy and resilient farming, ranching, and food system in our high plains and mountain region. Hope you can attend this important workshop.




The REX does not promise all things to all people, it is founded on reality and accordingly we want you to consider the following questions:


  • To do a training that is ‘cutting to the chase’ and respects your valuable time, investment & involvement?
  • To do a training that is led by someone has over 20 years of real project experience in over 40 countries?
  • To walk away from a training with less questions than when you started because now you know how to get to work?
  • To do a training where you are working on a real project with real clients and real outcomes?
  • A level of support following the training?
  • To do daily exercises that build your confidence and understanding from Day 1?
  • To get constructive and participatory feedback on your work?
  • An intense experience that is big on you understanding processes you’ll be able to take to any regenerative agricultural project?


The REX is our marquee training event with the intention of accelerating the development of regenerative land management. The REX is run over 10 intensive days (no day off!) and is based on a real farm with real clients taking real risks and looking for a real future. Regrarians’ Darren J. Doherty will lead both the attendees and the clients through an intensive program which is a participatory balance of practical theory and hands-on decision making and practice just as happens on real projects & these are real projects!!

The following REX Outline is a representation only — each REX venue will have variations with regards some of the practicums as the availability of different equipment will vary…

DAY 1 – Climate (90 minute sessions)

A – Client ‘Climate’ Briefing, Develop Holistic Goal/Concept, Terms of Reference
B – Atmospheric Climate retrieval & analysis, macro & micro climate factors
C – Legal ‘Climate’ retrieval & analysis, Municipal & State planning, other regulations
D – Climate Layer Exercise – Over 60 mins in small work-teams frame responses to the above and report to course findings in 10 mins each group (includes feedback)
E – Thermophyllic Composting Demonstration (scalable)

DAY 2 – Geography

A – Revision; Sandpit: Keyline Geography, Geometry & Applications
B – Assemble & Study Cadastral, Geology, Soil, Topographic, Planning & Mining Maps
C – GIS/GPS/Survey Applications & Technologies, Online GIS resources, Developing Effective Plans
D – Farm Walk ‘n’ Talk, Landscape Reading & Analysis, ‘Farmscape’ Analysis, Define Primary Land Unit & Land Component Boundaries, ‘Bullseye’ Demonstration

DAY 3 – Water

A – Revision; Examine & Overview of Existing Farm Water Systems, Farm Catchment
B – Earth Dam Construction & Water Harvesting Infrastructure – Design, Processes & Applications
C – Farm Irrigation Systems – Design, Applications & Installation
D – Water Layer – Over 90 mins (plus break time) develop farm water storage, harvesting
E – Water Layer Presentation & Feedback session + 10 mins each group for presentation & feedback

DAY 4 – Access

A – Revision; Examine & Overview of Existing Internal & External Farm Access
B – Access Earthworks Design, Engineering, Construction & Applications
C – Dam, Water Harvesting & Access Set Out Practicum: using Surveyor & DIY Instruments (RTK-GPS, Total Station, Transit & Laser Levels)
D – Access Layer – Over 60 mins develop farm access concept plan + 10 mins per group for presentation & feedback

DAY 5 – Forestry

A – Revision; Forestry Systems Applications: Shelterbelts, Alleys, Orchards, Avenues, Woodlands, Blocks, Riparian
B – Forestry Systems Design & Establishment Strategies
C – Forestry Systems Management & Utilisation
D – Forestry Layer – Over 60 mins develop farm forestry concept plan + 10 mins per group for presentation & feedback

DAY 6 – Buildings

A – Revision; Building Types & Technologies: Dwellings, Sheds, Yards & Portable Livestock
B – Building placement strategies, Existing Building Analysis & Retrofitting Options
C – Lucas Portable Sawmill Practicum + Broiler Shelter Construction
D – Building Layer – Over 60 mins develop farm building concept plan + 10 mins per group for presentation & feedback

DAY 7 – Fencing

A – Revision; Fencing Technologies, Applications & Costings
B – Fencing Placement – Land Components/Structures/Livestock systems
C – Fencing Installation Practicum – with local ‘Pro’ Fencer: Build end assemblies, ‘wires & pliers’, electric net fencing, tumblewheel
D – Fencing Layer – Over 60 mins develop farm fencing concept plan + 10 mins per group for presentation & feedback

DAY 8 – Soils

A – Revision, ‘5 Ingredients for Soil Formation’ – House Envelope & SilvoPastoral Applications
B – Farm Soil Classifications & Sample Analysis: Earth Building, Earthworks & Agricultural
C – Yeomans Keyline Plow ‘Pattern Cultivation’, Survey & Set Out
D – ‘Time Poor’ Farm Garden Practicum: No Dig/Wicking Beds; Keyline Plow Forestry &
Orchard Ground Preparation
E – Holistic Management Planned Grazing – Grazing Plan Practicum

DAY 9 – Economy

A – Revision; Farm Enterprise Planning: Comparing Enterprises, Market & Resource Analysis, Complementary Enterprise Options & Liaisons, Managing & Limits to Growth & Expectations
B – Farm Enterprise Management: ‘The Team’, Interns/WWOOFERS, Apprentices, Employees/SubContractors, Terms of Reference, Job Descriptions & Contracts
C – Economy Layer – Over 90 mins prepare a Farm Enterprise & Marketing Concept Plan
D – Economy Layer – Continued from Session C – 60 mins of Farm Enterprise & Marketing Concept Plan preparation then 10 mins per group presentation & feedback

DAY 10 – Energy

A – Revision; Farm Energy Conversion & Storage Systems: Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Biomass, BioDigestor, Wind, Hydro; Analysis of suitability & applications
B – Energy Layer – Over 60 minutes prepare an Farm Energy Concept Plan + 10 mins per group presentation & feedback
C – Farm Enterprise Development & Reporting; Client & Contractor Liaisons; Prioritising Works
D – Completed REX ‘Regrarians Platform’ Concept Plan Layer Analysis & Review – Client & Participant Feedback; ‘What’s Next?’; Presentations


Darren J. Doherty has extensive experience across the world in project design, development, management & training. A career-long focus on the profitable & regenerative retrofit of broadacre landscapes has seen Darren acclaimed as a pioneer in this important & often overlooked field.

Darren is a 5th generation Bendigo region farmer, developer, author & trainer and has been involved in the design & development of nearly 2000, mostly broadacre projects across 6 continents in close to 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 & education projects in Viet Nam, novel AG Machinery development + family farms across the globe with a range of private, corporate, government & non-profit clients.

A true ‘integrationalist’, Darren has more recently been the originator of the Keyline® Design (2006), Carbon Farming (2006), Carbon Economy (2007), Regenerative Agriculture (along with RegenAG® {2009}) & Regrarians® (2012) course series and Regrarians® REX, ROC & RAP courses across Europe, North & South America and Oceania. This wide experience has created an international reputation of achievement plus and enviable & expansive network that integrates many disciplines. Globally many of Darren’s alumni of well over 15,000 people are at the cutting edge of the movement towards regenerative agriculture & living systems.

Darren is the originator of the Regrarians Platform process which outlines a strategic & logical process to the development of regenerative agricultural systems, and is the program extensively outlined in the Regrarians Handbook which is now being released chapter by chapter as an eBook.

Darren is married to Lisa Heenan & together they have three children, Isaebella (22), Pearl (15) & Zane (14). Lisa, Darren & Isaebella are all Directors of Regrarians Ltd., a family operated non-profit delivering consulting, events, development, AG products & multi-award winning media from the family farm in the Bendigo region of central Victoria, Australia.



Darren is the foremost farm water and hydration planner in the world.

Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm Inc. Swoope, Virginia, USA


Ecologically, Socially & Financially, Darren empowers farmers to not only be the change they wish to see in their context and community. He includes a lifetime of “walking the talk”, his knowledge, skill and experience are priceless.

Charl Crous, Farmer, South Africa


I’ve been a participant is three of Darren’s Farm Planning classes. Each time I’m pleasantly surprised by Darren’s ability to make complex information palatable using a teaching style that feels both welcoming and inclusive.

Meghan Giroux, Vermont Edible Landscapes, Bristol, Vermont, USA http://www.vermontediblelandscapes.com


In this line of work there are so many points to be taken into account when designing that it is quite easy to be swamped by what feels like an endless sea of details, variables and potential choices. For me this course felt like a culmination point of years of study and practice coming together to be organised and directed into a clear design template. The Regrarian Platform is the next major node in the regenerative agriculture movement.

Byron Joel, Oak Tree Designs, Margaret River, Western Australia http://www.oaktreedesigns.com.au


I cannot recommend highly enough Darren as a teacher, and the REX as a course for professional regenerative land design.
Integrative, structured, and to the point.

Gautier Gras, GreenSinai, Farmer, Sicily, Italy


…Not only did I gain the knowledge in how to transform a desert into an abundant landscape over broad acreage, through pragmatic, incremental and economical viable options, with a working aspiration to the vision Regrarians state in repairing the biosphere. I learned how business strategies, keyline, permaculture, holistic management have beneficial outcomes. Transform the climate of mind form one of competition to one of cooperation and self-actualisation. I cannot speak highly enough of the ethics, values, principles, practical knowledge, business skills, presentation tips, resources and leadership Darren and Lisa have given me over the years. This wisdom has empowered my career to one of regeneration in conflict zones and humanitarian projects…

Stuart Muir Wilson, Architect, Australia

‘#REX2Kansas’ 22-31 March Callicrate Cattle Company, St. Francis,
1200 acres, temperate, 18″ rainfall
$140 Day Option, please email info@CallicrateCattleCo.com

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