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Are you are interested in incorporating Permaculture/Agroforestry
into your vegetable, fruit, or livestock operation? Join the
Jagerstatter Catholic Worker Farm (an interfaith community farm
located in Lake City, Minnesota) for an incredible opportunity to
learn - both theoretically and practically - the importance of
permaculture on an agricultural scale. Mark Shepard, a leading expert
on Agroforestry and ecologically designed farming, will be speaking
about his farm and work (located in Viola WI) on Friday night and
facilitating an on-farm workshop at our farm on Saturday. Come learn
practical instruction on making your farm or garden more ecologically
and economically sustainable!.
Mark is the CEO of Forest Agriculture Enterprises
http://www.forestag.com/ and runs New Forest Farm, the 106 acre
perennial agricultural forest considered by many to be one of the most
ambitious sustainable agriculture projects in the United States. Mark
challenges us to see beyond corn and soybean based agriculture to a
more sustainable agricultural future. Best of all, he has been putting
his ideas into action on his farm for many years. There are two events
Friday Night Presentation 7:00 - 9:30 - Free and Open to the Public
(Please bring a chair)
A presentation introducing agroforestry, ecologically designed farming
and permaculture - including a brief history of agriculture - followed
by a brief introduction to ecosystem mimicry and how to apply
permaculture design principles on an agricultural scale.
Saturday Workshop 9:00 - 5:00 - Registration required, sliding scale
fee $50-$90, pay what you are able.
Space is limited to 40 participants so attendees can have time to
participate fully in the day and ask questions pertinent to their
fruit, vegetable, livestock, and permaculture interests.
This will consist of an all day hands-on session with Mark where he
will discuss earth shaping and water management, site analysis and
basic mapping, perennial polycultures and succession appropriate for
our/your location, integration of animals into nut/fruit plantings,
practical advice for a newbie getting their first farm animals,
alcohol as a fuel, and more. This day will also include a lunch and a
brief tour of the farm, including a straw bale house we built, a 9.5
acre native prairie restoration, pastured pigs and poultry, and our
small market garden.
Camping space is available for Friday evening.
If you have questions or would like to register for the Saturday
workshop please call the
Jagerstatter Catholic Worker Farm
33292 County 5 Blvd, Lake City, MN 55041
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