Keyline Farming and Water for Every Farm were my first book on farming. My father bought them for me, when I first began to farm my family’s land. I was mad about Yeomans. He was my hero. I was 21 years of age and I had a whole 11 acres and a little ‘ol grey fergie tractor. I could play with contours and water, inspired by my hero Yeomans. Years later as a mature-age uni student, I had found a house in Townsville to rent, completely furnished and there on the bookshelf were 6 or 7 copies of “Water for Every Farm”. I was thrilled. I read my favourite book again from cover to cover. I asked the real estate agent and to my delight, they said that yes, I was living in my hero’s house.
Keyline Farming by Percival Alfred Yeomans (1904 – 1984) (Book: Water for Every Farm )
PA bought some land, and his brother in law managed it until a fire swept through the land and his brother in law died in the effort to control the fire. PA decided that he must fireproof his property and set about to do so.
PA decided on a few important things that others did not, for example, the first thing to do on a property is to decide where the water is puddled, and where the water puddled, where it slows down and soak it – that is the KEYPOINT and created his keyline system on his observations.
In the process of waterproofing in time, he felt his job was not so much to produce crops, but rather to produce soil. And in the looking after the soil, all else would fall into place.
Yeomans Project Art Gallery NSW by Artists Ian Milliss and Lucas Ihlein with special guests 4 & 11 December 2013, 15 & 22 January 2014
Related Link One Hectacre
Archival Yeomans Films uploaded to YouTube