Immerse in Agroecology and learn how to design and manage a productive and regenerative subtropical food system. Applying the principles of permaculture and successional agroforestry; our system works with natural succession to sequester carbon, build soil, create closed-loop nutrient cycling and yield an abundance of food, fuel, and fiber.
Learn from a team of skilled primary producers in this twelve-week course and gain hands-on experience in our ‘living classroom’ at The Farm.
About the facilitators:
- Dr. Kevin Glencross is a research fellow who has been working in Asia/Pacific and subtropical and tropical Australia on applied research in agroforestry- integrating trees in agricultural systems. He has a particular focus on traditional agroecological systems and publications that address biodiversity conservation, soils and catchment protection, climate change resilience, food security, carbon sequestration, agroecology, and ecotourism.
- Bunya Halasz is inspired by cultures that evolve creative practices of sustaining their material needs in a manner of deep reverence for their natural environment and all of its life forms. Through the lenses of Permaculture, Regenerative Agroecology, and Successional Agroforestry, Bunya works as a designer, educator and gardening mentor. His work supports individuals and communities to grow food, fuel, and fibre within ecologically regenerative systems as well as facilitating pathways of knowledge and skill-sharing through courses and traineeships.
- Evan Anderson is on a lifelong journey of discovering what ecologically regenerative agriculture can look like at its greatest capacity and how it can regenerate both landscape and economy. Committed to practical learning, he has been earning his living operating market gardens of his own for the better part of a decade. His focal work revolves around refining complex intercropping systems to pair production efficiencies with ecological function. The teaching will also be supported by guest tutors with specialist knowledge on apiary, animal management, broadscale forest management.
- Ecological fundamentals (with special emphasis on our local region)
- Incorporating trees and perennial plants into the whole-farm design
- Wholistic site/site design
- Seasonal vegetable production
- Regenerative soil management
- Integration of animals with intensive horticultural production
- Cabinet timber production
- Plant propagation and seed saving
- Pruning and microclimate creation
- The local regenerative economy
This course is ideally suited to:
- New landholders in the Byron Shire seeking a greater understanding of soils, climate, crop suitability and seasonal planting in our region.
- Land managers
- Aspiring market gardeners and farmers
- Landscapers with an interest in edible foodscapes
- Students of permaculture/syntropic farming/agroecology that are seeking detailed guidance with techniques and plant patterning on subtropical systems.