Farmer and ecologist, Don Tipping is available to do on site consulting for land stewards who are interested in optimizing the resiliency, productivity and beauty of their land. Don has 25 years of on the ground experience working on a multitude of organic farms, starting gardens and farms, studying the natural history, geology and botany of the Klamath Siskiyou bioregion and mentoring thousands of people in the arts of creating regenerative ecological culture.
A land walk with Don can reveal past land use patterns that may seem invisible, which is a critical aspect of ensuring that our actions are appropriate on the landscape. A central tenant of Permaculture is to stay in observation for as long as possible so that our efforts will be efficient, effective, resilient and rewarding. In other words we practice thoughtful protracted observation to avoid thoughtless protracted labor. Enlisting the services of Don Tipping is a way to accelerate a project towards moving into the design phase by having trained observations to either bounce ideas off of or to illuminate unseen potential.
Specific Areas of Expertise include:
* Whole farm / property design, planning and mapping
* Forest Garden Design, planning, design and installation
* Multifunctional Hedgerows
* Keyline water management Strategies: Ponds, swales, contour canals and simple eco-aquaculture
* Rotational Grazing Systems
* Seed Production
* Ecological woodland management including prescribed burning
*Starting and managing agricultural cooperatives
Where Do I Start?
An initial land walk through and client interview will reveal pre-existing conditions, liabilities and potential opportunities. Typically 90-120 minutes is sufficient for this initial consultation. From this point I will make recommendations and prioritize the steps towards implementation. We can also work together to map the site and stages of the design. I can also assist with assembling plant lists and nursery orders.
In time my hope is to offer a complete design team that can take ideas in to fully implemented ecological designs, complete with permaculture trained managers and stewards.
A good way to determine if this is right for you is to assess if your project lies within the small triangle of overlap in the middle (right above the “e” in “Yes!”) of this Venn diagram.
Rates: $120/hour + $0.50/mile travel (outside of the Pacific Northwest email to discuss travel & accommodation specifics)
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Bio For Don Tipping
Don Tipping has been offering hands on, practical workshops at Seven Seeds Farm since 1997. We are a small, organic family farm in the Siskiyou Mountains of SW Oregon; situated at 2,000 feet elevation on a 7,000 tall-forested mountain with rushing spring fed creeks flowing through the land and nestled among old growth forests.
Here we produce fruits, vegetables, seeds, herbs, wool, eggs, and lamb. The farm has been designed to function as a self-contained, life regenerating organism with waste products being recycled and feeding other elements of the system. Lauded as one of the best examples of a small productive Biodynamic and Permaculture farms in the northwest by many, Seven Seeds helps to mentor new farmers through internships and workshops. We have produced certified organic vegetable, flower and herb seeds for over a dozen national scale seed companies. Seven Seeds has also been active in USDA Western SARE, Organic Seed Alliance and other seed initiatives to advance the development of open pollinated organic seeds. In 2009 we began Siskiyou Seeds, a bioregional organic seed company operated from the home farm. Don helped to found the Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative, which manages a 300 share CSA, commercial seed growing, and an equipment co-op and internship curriculum among 12 cooperating farms. He also co-founded the Family Farmers Seed Cooperative, a seed grower, marketing and distribution cooperative comprised of 10 western organic farms. More recently we created the Southern Oregon Seed Growers Association (SOSGA) to advocate for and support a bioregional seed system. With this group and Our Family Farms Collective (OFFC) and Oregonians for Safe Food & Families (OSSF) we successfully banned the growing of GMO crop in Jackson & Josephine Counties.
Don helps people focus upon helping people build their skill sets in sustainable life skills such as permaculture, biodynamics, organic gardening, eco-forestry, seed saving and other traditional arts that help to build regenerative culture. He has co taught with a wide group of widely respected people in the both the seed & Permaculture movement including: Tom Ward, Larry Korn, Michael “Skeeter” Pilarski, Bill McDorman, Dennis Martinez, John Navazio, Andrew Milleson, Frank Morton, Harald Hoven, Jude Hobbs, Becky Bee, Rowen White and more. He sits on the board of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance and is a regular contributor to the OSU Small Farms educational programs, The Seed Academy is a 5 day intensive in organic seed production and plant breeding that occurs at Seven Seeds Farm with guest instructors including Rowen White, Bill McDorman, Belle Star, Andrew Still, Sarah Kleager and Jonthan Spero. Don is also a charter member of the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) as a plant breeder and a seed company advocate. He also sits in an advisory role with Top Leaf Urban Farms in Oakland, CA. Don is regularly sought out as a teacher, collaborator and consultant in the Pacific Northwest.