Water and Agriculture – Full Day Workshop

Strategies to Create Resilience and Avert a Crisis – Full Day Workshop, Oct. 21.

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Global agriculture uses about 70 % of the available freshwater on earth. Arid regions represent 41 % of the earth’s terrestrial surface, are home to 2.5 billion people and grow 44 % of the world’s food. These regions are drought prone, experience water scarcity and are being affected by desertification and biodiversity loss. California, the supplier of two thirds of the nation’s fruits and nuts as well as four-hundred other commercial crops, has experienced 8 years of drought out of the last eleven years.

To make up the water shortage from the drought, the California’s agriculture sector has relied heavily on groundwater withdrawals, dangerously drawing down aquifers, which in a number of places in the Central Valley has resulted in land subsidence and saltwater intrusion of the water table in coastal farming regions. A rapidly changing climate will continue to put stress on water supply and will push water availability to agriculture to crisis levels.

At this one-day intensive workshop, hosted at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, farmers, permaculturists, researchers and policy makers will share the hard realities, innovative approaches and best practices of careful and responsible management of this precious resource to help make farms more drought resilient. World renowned experts will join us to explore new technologies and urgently needed strategies of conservation, groundwater recharge, and increasing the water holding capacity of soils, as well as policies that take a long view of water stewardship.

The program will include two Conservation Hydrology Tours with OAEC WATER Institute Co-Directors Brock Dolman and Kate Lundquist.

Tour 1, taking place in the 10-acre OAEC Core Area, will focus on integrated water conservation, harvesting, and re-use systems and techniques (storm-water, roof-water, black-water (compost toilets), rain gardens, sediment control, etc.) for regenerative human settlements.

Tour 2, taking place in the 70-acre OAEC Wildlands Preserve, will focus on watershed-scale restoration and management techniques for increased in-stream flows, riparian restoration, fish-friendly roads, erosion control, and off-stream water harvesting for ag water supply.

Speakers include Brock Dolman, Kate Lundquist, Dale Strickler, Doniga Markegard, Mike McCullough, Mary Ann King, and David Montgomery.

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Location: Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, Occidental, CA

Price: $195 (includes lunch & transport)

Shuttle leaves Embassy Suites in San Rafael, CA at 8:15 a.m.

October 21st | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm




Doniga Markegard
Regenerative Rancher
Markegard Family Grass-Fed LLC
Kate Lundquist
Occidental Arts & Ecology Center’s WATER Institute
Dale Strickler
Green Cover Seed
Mike McCullough
Government Affairs Administrator
Monterey One Water
David Montgomery
University of Washington
Brock Dolman
Sowing Circle LLC Intentional Community and the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center
Mary Ann King
Trout Unlimited's California Water Project
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