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Regeneration from a Watershed Perspective

How we can use mapping software to expand our view of the landscape, and ask “what is the agriculture of this place?” 

Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 6-8pm

10 E. Yanonali Street, Santa Barbara | Impact Hub - Funk Zone



BRASA is a TGI developed methodology for mapping a landscape’s suitability for specific agroforestry practices and tree crops. With this analysis, we can begin to identify the most economically and ecologically viable crops, practices, and systems for a specific watershed. This creates a scientifically-backed framework for projecting the ecological, economic, and social impacts of investing in agroforestry in such areas. This framework then serves as a platform for further stakeholder engagement, ground-truthing, and site-specific project design.

First and foremost with BRASA, we consider our clients’ questions and challenges at the watershed level. We design analyses that respond to our clients’ concerns, be they food security, stormwater management or carbon drawdown. In these analyses we consider the role of trees in that watershed’s health and how the implementation of appropriate agroforestry systems can respond to both our client’s needs and the needs of the whole watershed.

Through this presentation, attendees will learn:

  • How and why we created BRASA

  • What we learned in the process of developing BRASA

  • What challenges we have faced

  • What challenges we see in our future

  • Concrete examples where we are using BRASA

  • How to consider if Geospatial Analysis can contribute to your work.


Terra Genesis International (TGI) is a regenerative design and consulting firm working as a distributed team around the world. TGI has engaged in design processes affecting thousands of acres and billions of dollars of supply system buying power. TGI’s team specializes in asking questions and expanding the frameworks of projects and businesses so that they can fully serve the health of living systems. Born out of our consideration for the workings of living systems we are resourcing an evolutionary approach to business and agriculture.

Russell Wallack is an ecological designer based in Amherst, Massachusetts who led the development of the BRASA process. BRASA emerged in response to Russell’s work to catalyze the commercial chestnut industry in the Northeast U.S..

Tim Tensen and Andrew Kilduff of TK Design Lab are integral to the development of BRASA. Like Russell, they approach design with an ecological lens in the lineage of The Conway School in western Massachusetts. TK merges GIS analysis, programming, and ecological design in a way that allows the BRASA team to adapt its process to a diverse array of project queries.

With this new process created by the TGI Team and TK Design Lab, we can assess, inventory, and map appropriate agroforestry systems and perennial staple crops for the specific conditions of any watershed. How can we help you to create systemic regeneration?

Later Event: December 7
Holistic Planned Grazing