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PERMACULTURE SKILLS CENTER PRESENTS:
Regenerative Agroforestry Online Course with Penny Livingston

WHY REGENERATIVE AGROFORESTRY?

In this era of unchecked global warming, deforestation, and industrial agriculture, we need to act quickly in order to regenerate ecosystem processes and feed a growing populace.

Regenerative Agroforestry is a holistic approach, which provides fully integrated solutions that restore our environment while simultaneously feeding people.

Regenerative Agroforestry deepens the alignment between people and nature, delivering a land restoration model to sequester carbon, catch and infiltrate water, revegetate landscapes, produce food, grow medicine, generate timber, and generate SURPLUS resources for people and ecologies.


We developed this program to make these solutions easily accessible to you.


Now is your chance to get the inspiration, knowledge, and mentor support to develop your own Regenerative Agroforestry systems adapted to your bio region. 

THE TEACHER

Penny Livingston-Stark is internationally recognized as a prominent permaculture teacher, designer, and speaker. She holds a MS in Eco-Social Regeneration, three diplomas in Permaculture Design and has sat on the board of the Permaculture Institute of North America. 

 

The Five Core Training Modules Include:

Module 1: Foundations of Regenerative Agroforestry

This is an overview of Agroforestry and how a deeper understanding of forest function, forest ecology can lead to better decisions for productive forest systems. This module covers why agroforestry systems are more productive and why they are important for the future of agriculture. We will share various techniques for fuel and hardwood products as well as shaping, pruning, and grafting fruit trees.

Module 2: Planning and Design

This module discusses agroforestry design within a permaculture context. We will discuss various methods of design, site assessment and design considerations for how to plan and create your agroforestry system. 

Module 3: Agroforestry Planting Systems

This is a deep dive into living plant systems. Examples of plant guides and templates for temperate, humid tropics and sub tropical drylands will be shared. Fire ecology, analog forestry, broad acre food forests and in-depth grafting and vegetative propagation techniques will be shared. 

Module 4: Harvesting and Processing

In this module we will cover harvesting methods as well as how to determine when the best time to harvest is. We will focus primarily on perennial, woody and self-sowing plants and we will profile the diversity and multiple uses of various plant species. 

Module 5: Implementation

This module will explore various techniques for implementing a project. It includes earthworks and grading considerations, soil preservation and enhancement, water management and infiltration. 

IMPACT

You will learn to read the land.

You will become a confident agroforestry designer as you learn to design and implement your own agroforestry project with the support of Penny and other expert teachers.

Students are encouraged to choose an agroforestry project to design and develop while taking this program. If you don’t have a project, do not worry, you can choose a conceptual project in your neighborhood or community.

Project sites could include a large property, an urban lot, a public park, a church, a school, or your own homestead or farm. 

In the private Facebook Mastermind Group, you can receive support and input from Penny in support of your projects.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Site Assessment
  • Site Selection
  • Design Methodology
  • Soil Fertility Strategies
  • Plant Propagation
  • Water Retention Systems
  • Companion/Guild Planting
  • Crop Planning
  • Wind Breaks
  • Forest Management Techniques
  • Grafting
  • Orchard Management Strategies
  • Temperate, Tropical, Arid Climate Applications
  • Harvesting Techniques
  • Growing and Making Medicine From the Land 
  • Forest Ecology
  • Installation and Implementation Techniques
  • Medicinal Plants
  • Landscaping for Wildlife
  • Adaptive Management Techniques
  • AND MUCH MORE!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is this course right for me?

Let’s figure that out together! This Regenerative Agroforestry course was carefully crafted to help you design and implement the site or project of your dreams.

  • Are you inspired and ready to learn?
  • Do you want guidance with agroforestry concepts and design plans?

If you said yes to these questions, this course will be a significant step in supporting your goals of designing and implementing regenerative agroforestry projects! Our curriculum is designed to provide you with a broad base of knowledge as well as guide you in the development of a specific project. The online format allows you to continue to work in your community while developing the skills necessary to be a change agent.

What exactly do I get with the Regenerative Agroforestry Course?

We couldn’t be more excited to offer you this innovative online curriculum, which includes:

  • 22 hours of video instruction from Penny Livingston
  • A downloadable Course Reader, Design Workbook, and extensive Plant List
  • 5 course modules that take you step-by step through foundational concepts and novel approaches to design practices, planting plans, implementation support, and more. Each module contains:
    • Video from Penny Livingston
    • Several Learning Objectives and Action Steps to keep you engage
  • You also receive stand-alone video instruction for the following topics:
    • Invasive Species in the Landscape
    • Homescale Temperate Agroforestry
    • All About Water
    • Medicinal Plants
    • Food as Medicine
  • Private Facebook Mastermind Group where you can collaborate with other students and get your questions answered directly by Penny!

In addition to the course content, we are offering add-on packages for personal mentorships coaching calls with Penny Livingston! (Email Wendy at outreach@permacultureskillscenter.org for more information.)

This is an online course…But I learn best by doing and I love working outdoors. How will I get what I need from this course?

We totally get it! We’re the same. Nothing beats an in person agroforestry course. Nothing. BUT this is an exceptional alternative when you can’t take time off work, be away from family or need to explore the curriculum at your own pace. We may not all have the same opportunity to invest multiple weeks away from home or in a large price tag. With the way the world has changed, online learning has become the norm, but THIS is the educational opportunity you’ve been waiting for: high-quality content, low-entry price point, and online access to an internationally renowned agroforestry expert.

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts as soon as you register and ends when you need it to! It is a completely self-paced online course—you decide when you start and when you finish.

This is a great opportunity for anyone working or taking other courses.

How long do I have access to the course?

You have access to the course for 1 year (12 months) from the date of purchase. After enrolling, you get instant access to the course across all devices (desktop or mobile/ipad via the Teachable app). To access to the course materials and Facebook Mastermind Group beyond the first year costs $97 per year.

Does the program include full professional designs that can be glanced through?

The course offers several design examples and in-depth discussions via past video consultation examples. The Facebook Mastermind Group is the place where you’ll be able to get feedback on your designs. (If you need additional assistance we offer coaching packages as well; email Wendy at outreach@permacultureskillscenter.org for more information.)

Do you offer payment plans?

We do! In addition to the pay-in-full option, we offer a 2-pay and a 3-pay option to help make paying for Penny’s course more manageable.

Do you offer refunds?

If, after 7 days, you decide the Regenerative Agroforestry Course is not for you, email us at outreach@permacultureskillscenter.org and we will provide a full refund. Note that any refund requests made after the 7-day window of registering will not be honored.

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