4-Day Seminar with Richard Perkins, 05th-08th April 2019

Basic Practices of Regenerative Agriculture (at Gut Hohenberg, Germany)

Date: 05th-08th April 2019
Expert: Richard Perkins
Location: Gut Hohenberg, Krämerstraße 31, 76855 Queichhambach
Course Fees:  650€ normal fee, 590€ early booking price, 520€ as discount price

Course language: English

Background of the seminar

You want to learn the basic practices of Regenerative Agriculture? You are a farmer or you will be a farmer and you want to implement regenerative practices? You want to learn how the transformation of a farm to a more regenerative one could be managed? Then join the 4-Day Seminar with Richard Perkins at Gut Hohenberg.

Richard Perkins is one of the foremost farmer and teacher of Regenerative Agriculture. He established the Ridgedale Farm, the northern most permaculture farm (at 59° in Sweden www.ridgedalepermaculture.com) as a high quality local food producer and pioneering educational site. He has also worked on varied farm and project design and implementation projects from CSA production to whole-farm planning.

The farm Gut Hohenberg is the educational farm of the Foundation Stiftung Ökologie & Landbau (SÖL) situated in Queichhambach, in the south-west of Germany. The farm lies in the valley of the Pfalz and cultivates the traditional landscapes of the region. As regenerating is the future to protect these aesthetic landscapes, the farmers decided to transition towards Regenerative Agriculture.


Key Themes of the seminar

Holistic Management

Holistic Management clarifies the context as the very foundation in all our decisions. It deals with the complexity of making decisions regarding our farm and the interdependence of ecology, economy and human relationships. In the seminar we focus on the basics of Holistic Management and the application on grazing & grasslands.

Agroforestry

Agroforestry is a vital component in the future of broad acre land regeneration. By understanding the functions of woody systems in different parts of our landscapes we can clarify the agroforestry assemblies suited to our land base. Virtually every farm on the planet could benefit from more woody crops, and so we look at design considerations, planting and management strategies and all the additional yields woody agriculture offers.

Integrated Animal systems

Pasture based production is vital to farms of the future, as there are no shorter chains of production than converting sunlight to flesh via grasses. Yet so little emphasis and understanding has been placed on grass physiology and ecology. Pastured Egg Mobiles, Broilers and turkeys are fantastic profitable small farm enterprises that play a very important role in rekindling tired pastures and that can easily be scaled up and down accordingly.

Market Garden

The Market Garden approach, is good way of producing high quality vegetables on a small piece of land and regenerating soil fertility and local biodiversity at the same time. Including No-Dig and Biointensive spacing, this concept fits well into a small scale economically profitable enterprise.


Schedule and Content

Time 04th April 05th April 06th April 07th April 08th April 09th April
    Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
09:00 - 10:30   Intro, Site Tour Forest Ecology & Patterns Integrated Animal Systems Market Gardening Departure
11:00 - 12:30   Overview Ridgedale & Seminar The Function of Trees in Landscape Pastured Layers Tool Infrastructure & Approach  
    Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch  
14:00 - 15:30   Holistic Management Context & Decisions Agroforestry Design Pastured Meat Birds Planning a Market Garden  
16:00 - 17:30 Arrival Holistic Management, Grazing & Grasslands Agroforestry Design Other Livestock Post-Harvest and Sales  
18:00 Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner  
19:30 - 21:00 Get Together TBD TBD TBD Feedback & Celebration  

Language

The seminar language is English!

Arrival/Departure

Please arrive on Thursday 04th April at the farm, because we will start early at 9am the 05th April. So there is enough time to arrive and having a dinner together. If you plan your depart after 9am on Thursday 09th April, we can organize a shuttle to the next train station.

Driving

The farm Gut Hohenberg is located at:

Krämerstraße 31
76855 Queichhambach

The farm is about 45 min from Karlsruhe, 50 min from Mannheim, 1h from Saarbrücken, 1h45min from Frankfurt, 1h30 from Straßburg.

Train

The nearest train station is Annweiler (am Trifels). It takes 35 min by walk to the farm. Or we pick up at Landau Main Station by car. Possible the 04th April after 4pm every full hour until 8pm.

Food

We serve a balanced vegetarian diet. We supply farm grown products and 100% organic food that we buy in. The course is fully catered, with dinner the evening of arrival and breakfast before you leave.
Please indicate if you are vegan.

Accommodation

We have multi-bedrooms on the farm. We do not have sufficient bed sheets for all the participants. So please bring your own bed sheets with you. Caravan on site is possible.

Course Fees and Registration

The course could only be attended in whole. All fees included 100% organic food, fully catered and accommodation on the farm.

The course fees are:

  • 650€ normal fee
  • 590€ early booking price (for the first 10 bookings)
  • 520€ as discount price for students, apprentices, etc.

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