I'm planning on adopting some of Sepp's methods over the next few years. I would prefer to go into projects like this gradually- starting with a few hugle beds and ponds then expanding, but think I may lose some benefit by not implementing an entire system.
Have you seen good results from just using parts of Sepp's agroecology approach? And if so, what will give the most benefit over short time spans? Also what practices are key to laying groundwork for future conversion to agroecology?
I'm in the driftless region (west central) of Wisconsin if it affects your answer. Wish I could make the workshop in Duluth, but time and money are tight. Thanks and best of luck,
Start with the water. Restoring the water balance is the most important part of Sepp's methods. This will give you the foundation for expanding later and also provide the biggest benefit. The surface of the earth should be like a sponge; storing the vital, life giving, water that the sky drops. If you restore the water balance, and put yourself in the position of the plants and animals on your landscape you will be all set. Amazing things are accomplished through co-operation with nature.