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9 Day Regenerative Farm Scale Design Course with Richard Perkins

June 18th - June 26th 2022

Join us for a 9 day regenerative farm scale design course with international renowned educator and author Richard Perkins, With the training set in the backdrop of one of Irelands leading small scale regenerative farms.

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We have adapted this world-renowned program to allow participants to only take 1 working week from their lives. Want to learn how to design, install and manage profitable farm scale permaculture systems?  Join us for this nine intensive days carefully crafted for those ready to learn with an internationally regarded expert and teacher in permaculture and regenerative agricultural design. This design course training is a no-nonsense approach to pragmatic and effective systems design. Richard farms and design properties for a living from one of the northern and most productive regenerative ag farms on the planet, so if you want to learn how to make it all work for yourself, you've come to the right place.

 

KEY THEMES IN OUR APPROACH

 

Managing Holistically Defining your Context is the very basis of Managing Holistically.  It is the very foundation in all our design work, as well as how we manage our farm and lives.  Farm Scale Permaculture offers principles and attitudes for designing success, but we always integrate Managing Holistically to deal with the complexity of making decisions regarding human relationships, ecology and economy.

Keyline Design The Scale of Permanence offers us an organisational framework for the design of larger landscapes, which we have used for many years in our work.  Our whole training program follows the same order of prioritisation with which we approach landscapes, to leave you with a coherent and intelligent approach to whole systems design. Topics include climate and biome considerations, landform and mapping, reading the landscape, understanding water in the landscape, water systems and management, trees and woody crops, access, infrastructure, integrated animal systems, soils and closed loop fertility management.

Tree and woody crops Agroforestry is a vital component in the future of broadacre 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 ag offers.  

Low Cost Infrastructure development With an ageing farmer/ landowner population, most farmers cannot afford to get out of farming as their capital is locked up in assets.  Consequently young people wanting access to land have a hard time getting in the game.  Due to the educational aspect of our work, we specialise in low cost, scalable and modular enterprises that could run on rented land and small properties alike.  We delve into the mobile and modular infrastructure, fencing and appropriate technologies, etc,  that help make small farms work.

Integrated Animal systems Pasture based production is so 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.  Diving deep into this fascinating subject, we will also gain insight into Holistic Planned Grazing and monitoring your grassland using different survey techniques.  We will also look at Pastured Egg Mobiles, Broilers and turkeys; 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.  Operating one of Europe’s lowest cost approved slaughter facilities from Ridgedale, you will also be involved with on- farm slaughter, processing and nutrient cycling.

A No-Dig approach to Market Gardening No-Dig represents the very best soil building approach to growing annual vegetables, and combined with BioIntensive spacings and good crop planning this makes for a fantastic small scale economically profitable enterprise.  We use innovative approaches to composting, growing microbiology as well as harvesting, storing and planning.  We will get into the back end of the planning and design considerations that reduce the workload of this intensive enterprise.  Besides a diverse variety of vegetables you'll also learn all about microgreens and intensive tunnel cultivation of tomato and cucumbers.

Closed-loop fertility  Soils are the basis of everything we are looking to create.  For us, the basic premise of regenerative agriculture is that it must be soil building.  There are many ways to capture carbon back into increasingly productive agricultures, which we cover as a theme in all the topics.  We will also explore approaches to closing fertility loops on the farm as far as possible, including topics like making your own composts, bio-fertilisers, compost teas, biochar, growing microbiology, etc.

Regenerative Enterprise Ultimately it is effective decision making, diligent planning and monitoring that make it all work.  In Farm Scale Permaculture we aim to observe and understand natural patterns to be able to design more effective and resilient systems.  Economic considerations are no different.  We can design enterprises that benefit all involved and marketing local food systems presents opportunities and leverage points that give us an upper edge.  Selling what you produce is half the work and so we explore CSA’s, buying clubs, farm currencies and other innovative ways to reduce the work and risk whilst building community.

 

Example structure and session breakdown.  Subject to flex according to weather/ group needs, etc

 

 

 

We offer a far-reaching and on-point learning schedule with Richard Perkins, Europe's foremost Regenerative Ag and Keyline Design Professional. Such trainings vary hugely, please do your research. We are offering an unparalleled opportunity to learn with a pioneering educator at what has quickly become a leading example of farm scale permaculture globally.  Our trainings are second to none, and we invest a huge amount of thought and energy into creating the optimal learning experiences to participants from every corner of the globe.  This design course is entirely focused on farm scale applications of regenerative design, giving you insight and hands-on learning into what it takes to build soil and make a farm thrive.  This is a unique training created to address the lack of such opportunities in Europe.

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Aim to be at the farm on Friday 17th of June between 2-6pm, please plan on leaving the farm on Monday 27th June after breakfast. Camping is available at the farm and there are also several B&B's in the area. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided for the duration of the training and all food will be from the farm or from organic certified sources.

If traveling from over seas we recommend flying into Dublin airport, then taking the number 30 expressway but from Dunlin Airport to Donegal Town (3.5 hours) and some one from the farm will collect you in Donegal Town, please advise us if you require collection in Donegal town.

Training Cost: €2,000     

Limited spaces available to book please contact cathal@heatherhillfarm.ie

to book your place please make bank transfer to

Account Name: Cathal Mooney

BIC: AIBKIE2D

IBAN: IE78AIBK93730431965060

Please reference your name in the transfer.

In addition please email cathal@heatherhillfarm.ie with your desire to join us on this training.

By booking your place on the training you are agreeing to out terms and conditions.