Restoration Agriculture Design Course – June 14-21, 2014


The full Design Course is now full and registration is closed. There are still spots open for the July 2014  Restoration Agriculture Intensive Course.


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Savanna Gardens, LLC is is excited to host its second Restoration Agriculture Design Course at New Forest Farm, June 14-21, 2014. 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.


Course Highlights:
– Full immersion in the theory and practice of Restoration Agriculture

– Biome identification and ecology
– Keyline design, earthworks, and water management
– Perennial crop establishment, maintenance, and breeding
– Pruning, coppicing, and grafting
– Integrated multi-species grazing
– Renewable energy on the farm
– Restoration Agriculture economics
– Restoration Food – meals prepared daily from produce grown on the farm
– We have opted not to make this an official “Permaculture Design Course” this year, so that we can focus more exclusively on broad-acre farm design and management.

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 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.


Peter Allen

Peter is an ecologist, grazier, and founder of Savanna Gardens. He has extensively researched complexity theory, restoration ecology, and the history and ecology of Midwestern ecosystems, all of which he applies in the design, restoration, and management of diverse and agriculturally productive savanna ecosystems.


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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 welcome to stay in one of the many nearby 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.



Tuition for the 2014 Restoration Agriculture Design Course costs $1200 which covers:
– 7 full days of education provided by Mark Shepard and Peter Allen

– Optional, free, gluten-free, locally-produced, organic meals, much of it produced and prepared on-site.
– 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.
To register, please fill out the following form. Space is limited and can only be secured with a non-refundable deposit of $300.