Restoration Agriculture Workshop

It’s planting time!

Join us Saturday, May 6 & Sunday, May 7, 2017 in Manchester, Michigan to learn applied Restoration Agriculture design and hands-on planting techniques from Mark Shepard, expert in Restoration Agriculture, Permaculture, and designing sustainable, perennial ecosystems.

In this 3rd workshop in the Sharon Short Hills, Mark will guide workshop participants through the fundamentals of installing core canopy trees along the 3 miles of swales installed during last year’s earthworks workshop. This is where the roots hit the dirt!


Workshop Schedule

SATURDAY: Intensive Planting Hands-on. Tips and tricks for mass tree installation from the master.
SUNDAY MORNING: Overview of Restoration Agriculture, Review of Property Design, Property Tour.



SATURDAY: Coffee & continental-style breakfast
As a special treat, we’ll have lunch and dinner from our farm fresh friends at Harwood Gold, including Chef Phill’s amazing Aussie meat (and veg) pies. Check out their website to learn about their Burning Bush Maple Syrup Sriracha, Maple Mustard, magic Maple Infusions, or pure Maple Syrup!
SUNDAY MORNING: Coffee & continental-style breakfast

Location & Accommodations

The workshop will be held on our farm: 6840 Hashley Rd, Manchester, MI 48158. View Google map >

If you are traveling to the area, there are hotels and B&B’s in nearby Chelsea. Local hotels >



Mark Shepard is founder of Forest Agriculture Enterprises and farmer of New Forest Farm, a planned conversion of a typical row-crops grain farm into a commercial-scale, perennial agricultural ecosystem using oak savanna, successional brushland and eastern woodlands as the ecological models.

Mark will guide workshop participants through the fundamentals of restoration agriculture, and applied design consultation. Topics include: Restoration Ag 101, Agroforestry, Multi-Species Grazing, Earthworks & Water Management, Permaculture Systems, Geology and Soils, Ecosystem Mimicry, & More!

Mark “wrote the book” on Restoration Agriculture. If you haven’t read it yet, click to check it out!


We thank our sponsors, Giraffe Design Build, sustainable design builders in Washtenaw County.

Mark Shepard

Mark Shepard, Restoration Agriculture author, CEO New Forest Farms

Cost & Payment options

In advance:
$100 Saturday planting intensive.
$75 Sunday overview and tour.
$150 Saturday and Sunday.
Day of:
$125 Saturday planting intensive.
$100 Sunday overview and tour.
$200 Saturday and Sunday.

Payment options:

  1. Use PayPal button below
  2. Email for a PayPal link or to make special arrangements
  3. Mail check to: April Sage, 6840 Hashley, Manchester, MI 48158

Workshop Options

Note: Attendees of the first two workshops may attend at 1/2 price if they bring a full-price guest.

About Us

Second Nature Forest is a new permaculture and restoration agriculture project to restore 80 acres in the Sharon Short Hills of Manchester, Michigan to its oak savanna heritage.


The ecosystem will include perennial nut trees, berries, vines, plants, fungi, horses, chickens, and other livestock to encourage high diversity, sustainability, and productivity.


We invite you to come learn with us. Contact for questions, ideas, and encouragement!