August 2014 Special GreenFriends Events - San Ramon, CA / Chicago, IL / Ann Arbor, MI
Darren Doherty is internationally recognized as a leader and pioneer in permaculture and regenerative agriculture!
The format in San Ramon is a three-day course which combines Darren's teaching on each specific topic, with a live walk-through of how to run an effective consultation with real clients.
August 9: Drought-Proofing Land and Farms in California
Darren will use the 350 acres of the MA Center land to show how to determine the most economically viable drought-proofing 'next-steps' that the center can be taken. Often permaculture designers fixate on the big pond or the installations of swales when the best immediate choices for water catchment can be something less dramatic and more effective. We will explore how to choose and present both big picture and immediate strategies to clients to drought-proof their land.
August 10: Reforestation for Profit
Planting trees is often looked at as a charitable act for future generations. For many land owners and farmers it is very difficult to budget tree establishment and care with just a vague promise of a healthier ecosystem. Darren will advise on specific strategies to plant trees that are also short and long-term enterprises designed to serve ecological function while bringing in capital through lumber, fence posts, animal feed, and other yields.
August 11: From Orchard to Stacked Enterprise
GreenFriends Farm has been exploring the edge between market orchard and food forest for many years. The food forest is often created as a forage based system, which can make it very difficult to manage in a market orchard situation. Darren will bring decades of experience in stacked enterprise perennial agriculture to help make design choices that will keep fruit yields high, create easier management, integrate animals for fertility and weed management and diversify the products and yields.
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