2014 Restoration Agriculture Intensive – July 10-13

OVERVIEW

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On July 10-13, 2014, Savanna Gardens will be hosting a Restoration Agriculture Intensive at New Forest Farm. This four-day 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:

– 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
– Integration of multi-species rotational 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 layout and implementation, livestock management, and perennial crop maintenance.

COURSE INSTRUCTORS

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Mark Shepard

Mark is the CEO of Forest Agriculture Enterprises, author ofRestoration 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.

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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.

LOCATION

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The course will be held at New Forest Farm  – located 54 miles southwest of La Crosse, Wisconsin and 75 miles northwest of Madison.


LODGING

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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 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.

 

FOOD

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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 $850 and covers:

– Four-day Restoration Agriculture Intensive Course
– 2 meals/day of farm-grown real food – pastured meat, fruits, vegetables, and greens
– Coffee, tea, breakfast food, and snacks
– Camping
– Access to a solar shower and composting toilets
– Continuing education through online networking with past, present, and future students
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