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Mark Shepard Event here in Waterloo Ontario!!July 3, 2014
Tags: forest agriculture, KW hab, Mark Shepard, Our Farm, perennial agricluture, polyculture, resoration agriculture, waterloo, wiffletree Categories: farm design
..and I am sooo excited! For those of you who don’t know Mark Shepard. He is “redeisgning agriculture in nature’s image”. He has a 110 acre forest farm in SW Wisconsin where he has been using his forest agriculture successfully for 18 years. I particularly like Mark Shepard as an example of industrial and sustainable farming coming together seamlessly. He is a practical and down to earth farmer making a good living with permaculture forest agriculture. His personal website is here and he is a founder of the Restoration Agriculture Institute. I highly recommend this youtube video (However you only need to listen as its more of a slideshow video) as a great introduction to his farm. The basic premis is to use forest systems to maximize land use. He usees trees, bushes, vines, alley crops and livestock to output 7 times the harvest from 1 acre of land.
Steckle Heritage Farm, Wiffletree Farm, KW Habilitation, Two Crows Growery, Our Farm, and VELD architect are sponsoring a 2-day workshop – Transitioning to Farming Perennials
Farmer, engineer, ecologist and author Mark Shepard will be providing a 2 day, in the field open consultation in Waterloo in October 2014. Mark will explain how to transition from a purely annual production to a perennial system that integrates nut and fruit trees, fruiting bushes and vines, alley crops and pastured livestock.
Some key innovations that you will learn about are:
- forest agriculture
- permaculture agriculture
- STUN- sheer total utter neglect farming
- industrial scale, economically viable sustainable farming
- keyline plowing and design (with in field demonstration)
- fruit and nut tree basics
The Event consists of two parts:
- A two-day workshop held at Waterloo North Mennonite Church on October 3rd & 4th. $195
- A public seminar at Steckle Heritage farm on October 2nd in the evening. $10
For more information or to register please visit: www.shepardworkshop.eventbrite.com
VELD architect is proud to be a supporter of Our Farm for a number of years. They are hosting at their farm site in Waterloo. VELD architect specializes in agritourism and sustainable farm design.