Brad Lancaster will be our keynote speaker!

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 | Comments Off

Brad Lancaster will be our keynote speaker!

Brad Lancaster is the author of the best-selling, award-winning books Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volumes 1 and 2, and creator of the information-packed website Living on an eighth of an acre in downtown Tucson, Arizona, where rainfall is less than 12 inches annually, Brad practices what he preaches by harvesting over 100,000 gallons of rainwater a year.


Brad and his brother Rodd have created an oasis in the desert by directing this harvested rainwater not off their property and into storm drains, but instead incorporating it into living air conditioners of food-bearing shade trees, abundant gardens, and a thriving landscape that includes habitat for wildlife. This living example, dynamic public talks, and countless hands-on workshops have inspired thousands of citizens and numerous businesses in Tucson and around the country to harvest water and sustainably grow their local resources.


Brad’s engaging style and entertaining and informative speaking and teaching are in demand, resulting in interviews with National Public Radio, New Dimensions, and Natural Home and Garden, along with presentations and workshops for the Bioneers Convergence, the Green Festival, the Texas Natural Building Colloquium, the New Mexico Xeriscape Conference, organic farming conferences, the U.S. State Department in the Middle East, and more.


Brad Lancaster is a permaculture teacher, designer, consultant and co-founder of Desert Harvesters ( Brad has taught programs for the ECOSA Institute, Columbia University, University of Arizona, Prescott College, Audubon Expeditions, and many others. He has helped design integrated water harvesting and permaculture systems for homeowners and gardeners, including the Tucson Audubon Simpson Farm restoration site, and the award-winning Milagro and Stone Curves co-housing projects. His website is: (bio from / photo via

With the ongoing shortage of rainfall in the Ozarks, Brad’s drylands experience will be put to good use to help us turn our landscapes into lush and productive gardens, greenways and more.


The 2013 conference will add other new features:

  • Additional programming for local school kids on local food and farming
  • an advanced class with Brad for farmers, producers, and advanced gardeners as well as a presentation for the conference at large
  • topic-roundtables for interest groups…time to network and exchange info with others who share your interests
  • both a seed-sampling for gardeners as well as a seed-savers swap
  • plus the things you loved about the last festival: films, classes, food-tastings, vendors and more
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