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Designing broadacre perennial agricultural savannah - insights from Mark Shepard

 
William Horvath
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Hey guys recently I had a pleasure to attend Mark's Shepard's Restoration Agriculture workshop. It was really an eye opener for so many things he discussed - setting goals, biome analysis, water management, agroforestry, farm economy...

Most importantly Mark had a message for all of us trying to make a living from farming and he said: “If you think you can move somewhere, buy land and make your living just from agriculture – you should think again”. Later I learned how he approached this problem and I made sure to write everything down.

Here are steps he took to get where he is today:

1. First start with your goals
2. Don’t quit your day job just yet!
3. Analyse your local biome and grow the trees that want to grow
4. Develop your property using keyline water management
5. Focus on planting woody perennials and use STUN to select the best-adapted ones
6. Use agroforestry practices to diversify and start generating some income
7. Now you start upgrading your infrastructure
8. Join a Co-op so you can easier compete with big Ag
9. Gradually increase profits from farming and other related activities
10. Quit your Job and enjoy the good life

And here is the whole post if you want to read more.

We can learn so much from his life experience!
 
Charlie Gato
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[quote]This is important, because you want context-specific solutions, not solutions that work for Joel Salatin, Paul Wheaton, Jack Spirko or Geoff Lawton … You want to have reality-based solutions, and that means your individual reality, not someone else’s.[/quote]

I love this. (please dont hurt me)
 
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