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Scott Gallant
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November 5 through November 9, 2012

This is part of our Applied Permaculture Series with Chris Shanks

Join the people of Rancho Mastatal and Christopher Shanks for a 4-day course on establishing plantings in the tropics. This course will be almost 100 percent hands on work and will cover a number of skills and techniques including:

Ecological land clearing (turn former pasture and/or secondary growth into food forests).
Orchard planning: species, plant spacings, layout, establishment guilds for the tropics. Climax guilds.
Erosion control in orchard establishment. Tools and Techniques.
Contour design for orchard lay out from the establishment stage to climax stage(s)
Orchard and zone 3-4 guild designs.
Felling trees by axe and chainsaw. Traditional approaches and modern technologies.  Tool maintenance and selection.
Tree crops planning: choosing the right trees for your climate or microclimate. Sourcing of material will also be covered.
Incorporating myco-forestry.
Coppice and Pollard management of trees for biomass production/soil generation.

Applied Permaculture:
Applied permaculture is an evolving series of short courses hosted at top quality learning institutions like Rancho Mastatal. Enrollment is open to all, though PDC graduates may get the most out of it. The concept is to stimulate and develop climate and system specific skills sets for individuals and groups. Learn by doing and share your new skills with your local community.

About the Instructor:
Chris Shanks has been a permaculture practioner for over 14 years. He is the co-director of project Bona Fide and has developed their 43 acres of food systems and orchards in the last decade. He has experience in the dry tropics of the Caribbean, Nicaragua, Costa Rica in orchard development. He is a food systems consultant and has developed all zones of food production for private clients, reserves, schools and edible landscapes for hotels throughout Central America. For the last 2.5 years he has been part of the core team developing the food forests and orchards of Rancho Mastatal.

Other Information:
Arrival
Students should plan on arriving to Rancho Mastatal no later than 8 a.m. on the first day of the course and are encouraged to arrive on the evening before (prices include lodging the night before the course begins).

Cost
Central Americans, US$250; residents and ex-pats, US$300; foreigners, $350. Cost includes five nights lodging starting on November 4, all meals, course instruction and full access to Rancho Mastatal and its private wildlife refuge. 

Enrollment
For more information and/or to enroll in this course please contact Tim O’Hara at info@ranchomastatal.com, call the Ranch at 2200-0920, or visit our website at http://www.ranchomastatal.com. We have a maximum of 15 openings for this workshop and a minimum of 3 students to run the course.


 
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