An Introduction to Keyline

Keyline is growing in popularity around the world in both Permaculture circles and without. I think this is a wonderful thing. I have been asked numerous times to explain Keyline, Keyline Design, or the Keyline System many times over the last few years, so I thought I would finally write an article about it.

Water Management For Every Permaculture Farm - Permaculture Apprentice

Managing water is crucial in designing and setting up a permaculture farm. No permaculture site has been properly planned unless...

Using an A- frame

In-the-field demo of how to use an A-frame to mark a contour line on a very gentle slope.


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Keyline Design - Definitions & Examples

The central idea behind Keyline design is to consciously slow, sink and spread rainwater, distributing excess water towards drier parts of the landscape.


Faith, Hope, and Unity Gardens of Detroit helps build gardens for young families, seniors, preschools and churches that are handicapped accessible. We partner with schools, churches, other local and national non-profits to educate the community about social justice in the food system, healthy food education, local organic gardening, along with holding cooking classes.

Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy

The cultural landscape of Bali consists of five rice terraces and their water temples that cover 19,500 ha. The temples are the focus of a cooperative water management system of canals and weirs, known as ...

Sustainable Agriculture in Bali

Traditional methods of rice farming in Bali are highly sustainable and manage water resources and pest control using social organization and highly sophisticated agroecology, If Steve Lansing's estimates are correct, farmers in these Subaks, even though they use far less chemical fertilizers and pesticides, get as high rice yields per hectare as farmers anywhere in the world.

Subak - UNESCO World Heritage

Bali's traditional Subak irrigation system has been announced as UNESCO's World Heritage ( June 29, 2012 )

Verge Permaculture Contour Map Regenerative Land Design Mapping Tool

Skip the surveyors. Verge’s next-generation mapping tool is built for regenerative land design with 9 interactive 3D overlays for your property’s contour map.

Perfect order -- recognizing complexity in Bali: John Stephen Lansing at TEDxNTU

Along a typical river in Bali, small groups of farmers meet regularly in water temples to manage their irrigation systems. They have done so for a thousand years. Over the centuries, water temple networks have expanded to manage the ecology of rice terraces at the scale of whole watersheds. Although each group focuses on its own problems, a global solution nonetheless emerges that optimizes irrigation flows for everyone. Did someone have to design Bali's water temple networks, or could they have emerged from a self-organizing process? J. Stephen Lansing is a professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, with a joint appointment in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, a visiting professor in the complexity program at Nanyang Technological University In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, b