Fall Workshop with Mark Shepard: Farm Design for Bio-Intensive Food Production

Aerial view of New Forest Farm

Aerial view of New Forest Farm

We are very excited to be bringing Mark Shepard from New Forest Farm (www.newforestfarm.net) and author of the must-read “Restoration Agriculture” for 2 day workshop on designing a new/transitioning farmstead for bio-intensive food production.


The workshop will be October 3-4, 2013, hosted at Ripley School Hall (across from current-site of Earth Works Farm) and our new farm site (5 minutes from current farm). Proper directions to the site will be sent out closer to the event. (We are located about 50 minutes east of Red Deer).

We plan to cover:

– keyline surveying and design for water flow and management on the farm
– poly-culture agroforestry for bio-intensive production
– transitioning from annual to perennial food systems
– integrating livestock into perennial systems
– fruit and nut tree propagation

Participant fee:


$300 – includes lunch on Thursday and Friday. We have also introduced a farm/business unit fee that is $500/2 people from the same farm/business unit to enable co-learning between couples/partners. We are asking for a non-refundable deposit of $100/person to hold your spot. (if you were unable to use your spot, the deposit made could be transferred to another but not refunded).

Breakfasts and Supper are your responsibility. Camping on site for free. The closest motel (10-15minutes away) is the Alix Motel.  They have only 4 double rooms available (as of 15 August) so please book quick if you want to secure this option.  They have a rate of $75+GST/night for a double.  http://alixmotel.com/   1-888-668-3510

The workshop participation is capped at 20 in order to allow for hands-on learning and respond to participant questions and needs. WE ARE NOW SOLD OUT FOR THIS EVENT

If the fee is restrictive for you – please get in touch with us and we can see what can be arranged.

Please RSVP by contacting us at vanceandbrenda@gmail.com or 403 742 9827 and we will send you details on paying registration/deposit.

If facebook is your preferred method of keeping up to date, there is an event page for this workshop here: https://www.facebook.com/events/322140901253215/

We’d like to thank the Center for Urban Agriculture in Alberta and the Agricultural Initiatives Program by the Alberta government in helping make this happen!

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