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10/1/2012 3:46:00 PM
Permaculture/Agroforestry Events

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 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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