As a chef, I work a lot with Northern California Ranchers doing holistic grazing and other regenerative land practices when I buy my meat. My friend, Guido Frossinni, of True Grass Farms, is one of them, he runs a very impressive operation. Jeremy Watts, permaculture designer, and Guido are putting on a workshop on Silvopasture: the practice of combining forestry and livestock grazing in a mutually beneficial way, on The 12th & 13th of December
And you can camp onsight, and my favorite part, great meals, organic veggies and grass fed beef, will make this experience exceptional.
We will learn the history and ecological context of the site and the importance of observation. We will explore how to transition basic pastureland into a drought-tolerant, multi-storied silvopasture. We will site and plant 120+ cork oak (Quercus suber) trees, plan for multiple species of livestock grazing as well as complementary plantings, and we will be using aspects of the Keyline design system for soil-building and water retention.
This will be an example of permanent agriculture, producing long-term yields of soil carbon, tree crops, and diversified animal proteins. Participants will learn how to survey a landscape using a laser level and make topographic maps of project sites for optimized water use and erosion control. Other topics will include fostering ecological succession, protecting saplings from livestock, grazing strategies, and selecting adapted species.
Onsite camping is included in the ticket price, as are three meals (two lunches and a breakfast) featuring True Grass Farm’s own pasture-raised meats and various local ingredients.
Dec. 12th from 10 am to 4 pm and Dec. 13th from 8 am to 4 pm
We've got room for a few more permies! Come hang out with us, be part of this beginning phase of a massive (1000+ acre) agroforestry project, eat some of the best pastured meats around (vegan options), and learn and share your knowledge with us!
Hey Jeremy, looking forward to the class, thanks for giving such a good deal.
Would I be able to come Friday evening and set up my tent? I'd have to leave around 4am Saturday otherwise.
"Instead of Pay It Forward I prefer Plant It Forward" ~Howard Story / "God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools." ~John Muir