72. Javan Bernakevitch on Values-Based Regenerative Land Design

What does a land designer do, and how can they rejuvenate farms and set them up to thrive?

Joining us today on the Thriving Farmer Podcast is Javan Bernakevitch. Javan is a skilled landscape designer, as well as a practitioner in providing peace of mind for farmers. In his company, All Points Land Design, Javan works collaboratively with homesteaders, organizations, and families creating regenerative landscapes and livelihoods. On the principle that no project is completed in isolation, he sources the best collaborators for each project, assembling a team unique to the demands of your unique landscape and/or the vision of your life. This approach saves farmers time and money while producing a superior design and more abundant landscape. Tune in today to hear all the ins and outs of land designing, his philosophy that drives it, the importance of values-based decision making, and much more!

You’ll Hear:

What Javan has been focusing on most recently 1:58

How Javan got started in land design 4:09

How COVID-19 has changed the landscape of Javen’s work and how he operates 8:17

About Javan’s philosophy around land design 11:52

What differences Javan sees between the projects he works on 24:24

About some of Javan’s most memorable projects 30:18

How the changing climate has impacted the methods of land design 36:52

What Javan finds frustrating about how many farmers design their farms 41:07

What systems Javan wishes farmers would put into action sooner 45:17

How people can best figure out what they’re “designed” for 50:35

What holistic context is, according to Javan, and how he integrates it into his work 55:08

About some simple ways farmers can slow down, de-stress, and think a bit more about their work 60:21

The biggest mistake Javan sees newer farmers making 1.11:32

What common mistakes Javan sees advanced farmers making 1:15.47

About the biggest challenge farmers are facing these days 1.20:28

How the Facing Fire documentary came about 1.27:55

Why we are seeing an increase in wildfires in recent years 1.29:24

What Javan’s favorite farming tool is 1.36:44

Javan’s thought on whether or not now is a good time to start a farm 1.39:10

Where you can find out more about Javan and All Points Land Design 1.40:51

About the Guest:

Javan Bernakevitch has worked across coastal and interior British Columbia, Canada, The Unites States of America (North West and North Central), Cuba, Kenya and Uganda on land based project design, management, training and installation. His career focus on regenerative retrofits of broad acre and small scale landscapes to re-establish working watersheds, ecosystems, productive landscapes and enterprises has taken him across North and Central America, Europe and Africa.

Integrating Keyline Design, Holistic Management, Permaculture, the Soil Food Web, Myco-Integration with creating local profitable enterprise. He understands and emphasizes the importance of biological systems: soil, water-harvesting, landscape rehydration, composting, growing food, greywater and biological waste-water treatment.

The originator of Cultivated Life Design he works with clients focusing their lives to bring regenerative enterprises and productive landscapes to life. He operates Permaculture BC (www.permaculturebc.com) an education and community hub for permaculture in British Columbia and All Points Land Design focusing on land design and installation.

As a speaker for community events, non-profit groups and businesses Javan inspires and empowers audiences with a passion for change. He has been invited to guest lecture by the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Vancouver Island University, Simon Fraser University and recent partnerships include Cowichan Green Community, Seven Ravens Permaculture Academy and the Galliano Conversation Association.

Resources and mentions:

Website – https://allpointsdesign.ca/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/allpointsdesign/ , https://www.instagram.com/javankerby/

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