Trainers: The Consulting Team of the Soil Health Academy
Concentrated knowledge for the future of agriculture
These four experts are highly committed to regeneration and associated growth in agriculture. Their motto:
"If you own soil, regenerative agriculture is feasible for you. We'll show you how."
The Soil Sage
Soil heavyweight: Gabe Brown is a champion and pioneer of the soil health movement, which focuses on regenerating our resources. He runs a multi-thousand-acre farm with his wife and son, where he grows crops and raises livestock using nature as a model. As co-owner of a state-controlled slaughterhouse, he is able to market products directly. His Brown's Ranch is visited by more than 2,000 people annually. His book "Dirt to Soil - One Family’s Journey Into Regenerative Agriculture" which was recently published in German, is a great success.
The Messenger of Nature
A passionate soil expert, soil and agricultural scientist Ray Archuleta founded two organizations in 2017 after more than 30 years at NRCS (an Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture): Understanding Ag (www.understandingag.com) and the Soil Health Academy (www.soilhealthacademy.org). With the goal of teaching and disseminating strategies of bio-mimicry and principles of agroecology to improve soil function. His seminars are highly sought after and fully booked. He himself owns a 150-acre farm that he operates with his family.
Dr Allen Williams
The Expert in Pasture
Allen Williams, who holds a PhD in farm animal genetics, is a 6th generation farmer and also a sought-after speaker at international conferences and symposia. Soil health, crop-livestock integration, adaptive forage and pasture management, and high quality meat production are among his areas of focus. With colleagues, he has focused on whole farm and ranch planning based on regenerative agriculture. This approach creates significant "added" value and prepares landowners for multiple revenue streams.
The Grounded One
For 20 years, he worked as a contractor and turfgrass producer before focusing full-time on regenerative agriculture and becoming a partner with UnderstandingAg. The methods to promote soil health were on his mind long before that: No-till, cover cropping, pasture rotation or adaptive grazing. He now farms New Family Farms in Holton, Kansas, with his family using these principles. Shane is an advocate for regenerative agriculture practices because he is convinced of their positive impact on human health.
Diversity is key to resilience
Participants in the Soil Health Academy learn about the importance of diversity. Diversity in crops and livestock species yields additional benefits on farms. The Soil Health Academy understands weeds as part of the solution rather than a problem. Increasing the nutritional density in the food produced by using regenerative methods will also be a topic. Overall, the course has a very high practical value. In very concrete terms, participants will learn what steps need to be taken to properly implement regenerative practices and methods in agriculture. After all, one of the most frequently asked questions is: Where and how to start with a project that will have such far-reaching consequences for the future of the farm? Our four farmers have the right answers.
Meet four top experts in person ...
... and benefit from this great opportunity! Because the Soil Health Academy - on the left in the picture the team together with President David Brandt - holds so many inquiries that not all of them can be fulfilled. One of the Soil Health Academy's special concerns, in fact, is to make farms so attractive that the next generation can also be inspired to take over and continue the farm. On the courses, all aspects of regenerative agriculture are explained in direct contact and in exchange with other farmers: How the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides can be effectively reduced. How to achieve greater crop diversity and better biomass production. How to improve soil health parameters, achieve better soil biology, increase soil organic matter and thus minimize erosion.
Details of the Soil Health Academy
with Gabe Brown, Ray Archuleta, Shane New und Allen Williams
Cost Contribution 1,249.- Euro (incl. catering)
The cost contribution is used solely to cover the expenses of the four-person Soil Health Academy team (travel from the U.S., accommodations, seminar fee) as well as the catering and organization of the seminar.
Location Brennerei, Gut & Bösel, Schlossstr. 32, 15518 Briesen (Mark) OT Alt Madlitz, Brandenburg, Germany.
Time Tuesday, 12th to Thursday, 14th October 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day
Language English with simultaneous translation into German via headphones
Program Balanced mix of both theory and field: Reasons for Regenerative Agriculture; Soil Testing, Soil Health; Principles of a Healthy Ecosystem; The Four Ecosystem Processes; How Biology Drives Farm Work; Farm Input Problems; Adaptive Soil Management; Adaptive Grazing System; Regenerative Agriculture in Practice.
The seminar will be held in all weather conditions and temporarily outside in the field. Please bring appropriate clothing / footwear.
Catering Lunch, snacks in the morning and afternoon, drinks.
Accomodation Gut Klostermühle (Contingent, can be booked online with code „Soil Health“);
Seeding the Future
The Soil Health Academy seminars - for better soils, high-yielding farmland, strong strategy in the barn, more quality for crops and meat
Don't miss a moment - Ray Archuleta during his presentation, seen through the cell phone camera
Counting worms - great fun not only for little boys. For adult farmers, it's proof of healthy soil life
Plants - roots - soil - humus. During the field inspection, soil expert Ray Archuleta goes into detail
Ernst ist ein Visionär und genialer Praktiker mit Ideen, die weit über die Waldwirtschaft hinausgehen
Selten so viel positive Energie mit so vielen Unbekannten erlebt. Ganz großes Lob. Ich komme gerne wieder zu weiteren Workshops!
Ein wirklich lehrreicher, inspirierender Tag mit Euch und Ernst Götsch - ich kann es kaum erwarten, die Prinzipien hier in Deutschland anzuwenden
Aline von Wedel
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