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!
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.
MEALS & SNACKS
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 >
ABOUT MARK SHEPARD
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.