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Mark shepard restoration agriculture


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Keynote speech by Mark Shepard on november 24, 2015 in Wageningen University, The Netherlands and on the Van Akker naar Bos (from Field to Forest) conference on november 28 2015

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Mark shepard restoration agriculture

  1. 1. Restoration Agriculture:… the time is NOW!
  2. 2. PERMA (permanent) (agri) CULTURE • “Permaculture is an ecological design methodology where we create relationships between materials, plants, animals and humans in order to optimize function and yield. The aim is to create systems that are ecologically sound and economically profitable, which provide for their own needs, do not exploit or pollute and are therefore sustainable in the long term. Much of the design is taken from nature. It can be as simple or as sophisticated as you like.” (Bill Mollison) • (Permanent- Latin: per- throughout + manere- to remain; Culture- Middle English: cultivation, tillage; from Old French; from Latin: cultura, from cultus- cultivation, from Germanic: skel- to cut)
  3. 3. Why Restoration Agriculture?
  4. 4. Identify your biome and keystone plant communities Establish edible woody polycultures Build fences & roads, utilities, pipelines Transition using Agroforestry practices Manage for eternity! Earthworks/ water management The Restoration Agriculture process:
  5. 5. Fagacea: Oak,Chestnut, Beech Apples Hazelnut Prunus: plum, cherry, peach Raspberry, grape, currant Forage, animals, fungi
  6. 6. Oak, Chestnut Apples Hazelnut Prunus: Almonds, Cherries Plums, apricots, peaches Alpricots etc Raspberries, grapes, Currants, gooseberries Fungi, Forage, ANIMALS!
  7. 7. Juglundacae Prunus: Cherry, plum, peach almond, apricot, nectarine… Raspberries, blackberries Elderberries Currants, gooseberries Grapes Fungi, Forage, Livestock
  8. 8. Pecan Prunus (cherry,plum, peach etc) Persimmon, Paw Paw Raspberry, Blackberry, elderberry Currant, gooseberry Grape, passionfruit Fungi, Forage, Animals
  9. 9. Pinus: Pine nuts Beech Prunus: Cherries, Plums etc Serviceberry Hazelnut Siberian Peashrub Blueberry Raspberry Lingonberry Grape Wintergreen Fungi, forage, livestock…
  10. 10. Water movement before Keyline Patterning & Terraces
  11. 11. Water movement After Keyline patterning Terraces & ponds
  12. 12. The POWER of grass!
  13. 13. Alleycropping: Rows of trees, cash crop in the alleys….
  14. 14. Acorn Squash alleys between Hazelnut rows
  15. 15. Asparagus between rows of chestnut
  16. 16. Silvopasture
  17. 17. Dog Cowies Silvopasture: managed integration of livestock and woody crops…
  18. 18. WOOF!
  20. 20. Photo: Chad Adams 5 Years Later
  21. 21. The POWER of collaboration…
  22. 22. Facebook: Restoration Agriculture Development Facebook: Restoration Agriculture International, Inc.
  23. 23. Thank you for Farming (and EATING!) in Nature’s Image! On facebook: Mark Shepard Restoration Agriculture Development