Restoration Agriculture Intensive July 19-21, 2013



On July 19-21st, 2013, Savanna Gardens will be hosting a Restoration Agriculture Intensive Course at New Forest Farm. Using nature as a model, Restoration Agriculture is the intentional restoration of healthy, functional ecosystems as the context for economically-viable farm operations. Perennial crops, livestock, fungus, and pollinators are integrated to produce abundant food, fiber, and fuel and simultaneously restore critical ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, water purification and infiltration, nutrient cycling, and biodiversity. This three-day intensive course will include an introduction to the major aspects of restoration agriculture, and an immersion into the functioning of a 100-acre farm 18 years into the restorative development process.

Course Highlights:

photo by Bryan Mets
photo by Bryan Mets

– Full immersion in the theory and practice of Restoration Agriculture

– Biome identification and mimicry
– Keyline design, earthworks, and water management
– Perennial crop establishment, maintenance, and breeding
– Integrated multi-species grazing
– Renewable energy on the farm
– Restoration Agriculture economics
Participants will have the opportunity to experience life at New Forest Farm, one of North America’s largest and most innovative perennial farm ecosystems located in Wisconsin’s beautiful Driftless region. You will have the opportunity to observe and participate in many aspects of farm design and management including keyline design, livestock management, and the maintenance of perennial crops.



Mark Shepard
Mark is the CEO of Forest Agriculture Enterprises, author of Restoration Agriculture, and runs New Forest Farm, considered by many to be one of the most ambitious sustainable agriculture projects in the United States. He was certified as a Permaculture designer in 1993 and received his Diploma of Permaculture design from Bill Mollison, founder of the international Permaculture movement. He has taught his innovative and highly acclaimed permaculture curriculum in workshops and design courses around the world.



The course will be held at New Forest Farm – one of the most mature and developed restorative farms in North America – located 54 miles southwest of La Crosse, Wisconsin and 75 miles northwest of Madison.


Camping is free on the farm. There will be spots to pitch tents. A campfire pit will be provided in a central location. Composting toilets and a solar shower will be available.Participants are also welcome to stay in any of the local inns and bed and breakfasts. New Forest Farm is 25 minutes east of Viroqua, 20 minutes northwest of Richland Center, just over an hour from La Crosse and two hours from Madison.



We’ll be cooking up and preparing 2 meals a day from our very own fruits, nuts, vegetables, greens, and meats. We’ll also have snacks, coffee, and tea during the day.


Tuition costs $1000 and covers:
– Three day Restoration Agriculture Intensive Course
– 2 meals/day  of farm-grown pastured meat, fruits, vegetables, and greens – produced and prepared by Savanna Gardens
– Camping
– Access to a solar shower and composting toilets
– Access to an extensive library of permaculture and ecological agriculture books and resources during your stay
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