[permaculture] Regenerative Farm Enterprise Planning - Oct 18-23 VA

rafter sass ferguson liberationecology at gmail.com
Sat Aug 23 14:05:25 EDT 2014

Very excited to be part of this course!

*Regenerative Farm Enterprise Planning*

*With Eric Toensmeier, Rafter Sass Ferguson, and Elizabeth Ü*

*October 18-23, 2014 at Shannon Farm Community In Afton, VA*

*Cost: Sliding Scale $595-$895*

*to register or for more information visitwww.blueridgepermaculture.net

*or contact tygerlilley at gmail.com <tygerlilley at gmail.com>*

Scaling up ecological agriculture is one of the critical challenges we face
in addressing climate change and the global food crisis. Integrated
perennial farm businesses are a key part of the solution when planned and
managed effectively; join us to learn and practice how!

 This 6-day course integrates time-tested farm business planning tools with
the holistic landscape planning of permaculture and cutting-edge creative
financing strategies. Experienced leaders will guide participants through
an intensive planning/design process, from initial visioning, through
successional enterprise budgeting, to design of the farm landscape. In this
dynamic course, participants will design in teams working on a shared
project, with structured time for participants to integrate what they are
learning with their own goals and projects. Special sessions will bring in
the insight of experienced permaculture farmers.

 *TOPICS *include:

• identifying and prioritizing values and goals

• land location and capability and land use planning

• enterprise selection strategies with a focus on...

• regenerative farming practices and production systems: perennial and tree
crops, managed grazing and livestock integration, and other practices

• financial modeling, record keeping, and optimising financial

• financing regenerative enterprises through community supported models,
crowdfunding, and other creative methods

• start-up and long-term development strategies on US permaculture farms

• budgeting for integrated perennial and livestock systems

• market research and strategies

Participants will come away with the skills necessary to build their own
regenerative enterprise scenario, and a roadmap for fleshing it out into a
full farm and business plan.

Rafter Sass Ferguson, MS
PhD Candidate | Crop Sciences Department
University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign
518 567 7407

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