Ecological farming and agroforestry course
ABUNDANT EDGE, CAOBA FARMS, and FINCA PORVENIR
ANTIGUA AND ALTA VERAPAZ, GUATEMALA
Are you ready to take your farm or other land based enterprise to the next level through permaculture methods and agroforestry models? Would you like to learn how to apply permaculture design principles to your business and consultancy? You've come to the right place!
In this unique course, brought to you by three of the best permaculture and ecological enterprises in Central America, we will be sharing the secrets of how to apply the permaculture principles to bring about real transformation in your life and business.
This advanced course is intended for people who already have experience and training in farming, permaculture, or ecological consultancy but who want to take the next step forward to develop truly regenerative farms, design firms and social projects.
Topics to be covered in this course include:
The Keys to Profitable Market Gardening:
· Fertility and pest management
· Integration of animals, crops and forest gardens
· Seed saving and storing
· Marketing and business strategies for a successful small farm business
The Secrets to Profitable Off-Grid Agroforestry:
· Use of successional models to create a harmonic productive system
· Key management techniques in agroforestry
· Keys to energy management in an off-grid operation
· Food production and value adding steps for your farm
Professional Permaculture Design and Consulting:
· Advanced design methodologies for producing high quality holistic systems
· Diverse strategies for building resilience in your community and social enterprises
Laurent is the founder of Finca El Por Venir and Dalileo Chocolates. He has designed the cacao forest agroforestry systems in place there over more than a decade and is passionate about preserving the heritage breeds of cacao that are native to Guatemala and Central America. Lorenzo also draws from his years of experience in productive sylvopasture and agroforestry.
Alex founded Caoba Farms in 2004 and has grown the small 3 acre farm to produce more than 100 varieties of organic produce commercially. He was born in Guatemala but lived many years in Colorado and California and has managed sustainable farms for more than 14 years. With an entrepreneurial background he demonstrated how farming is connected to community and education by creating diverse systems which create income for many people. Caoba farms focuses on two main areas: bio-intensive methods to maximize yields in small spaces while maintaining healthy soil fertility, and the importance of storing and saving seeds in an ever changing world economy for the benefit of the community and future generations. His new endeavors on his farm in Paramos are looking to expand on the successes of Caoba in a more rural environment by implementing extensive agroforestry systems as well as annual crop production.
Oliver is an accomplished natural builder and founder of Abundant Edge, a regenerative design and natural building company based in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Oliver is passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles that repair and advance ecosystems through symbiotic design and compassionate construction. Oliver is also the host of "The Abundant Edge" Podcast where he interviews leaders and change-makers in the worlds of permaculture, natural building, and regenerative living.