Aloha Syntropica™—Regeneration Agroforestry Workshops

August 20–25, 2017—Part 1, August 27–31, 2017—Part 2

Hawi, North Kohala, Hawaii

These workshops will show you how to grow diverse and rich food forests by working with nature’s own strategies for abundance. By combining training in natural succession, species selection, design, implementation, and management together with hands-on experience on an active farm, you will gain new skills and knowledge that will transform the way you understand and practice agriculture. The workshops integrate multiple approaches to make regeneration of lands feasible both ecologically and economically. What you will learn can be applied at any scale, from home landscapes to any size farm, forest, or conservation project.

Workshop highlights

  • Extensive curriculum that can save you years of self-study and trial and error.
  • Learn practical design techniques that you can apply.
  • Optimize beneficial natural processes in agriculture.
  • Gain perspective on a wide range of agroforestry approaches.
  • Evaluate benefits both environmentally and economically.
  • Experience techniques in hands-on field exercises.
  • Apply to production agroforestry, forestry, and conservation.
  • Share time and exchange ideas with like-minded people.
  • Participate in a regeneration revolution.

Recommended for

Those who wish to transform their ability to integrate plants in space and time in agroforestry to regenerate land in productive and profitable ways, including farmers, gardeners, ranchers, land managers, home owners, systems thinkers, conservationists, educators, environmental planners, and policy makers.

2015 agroforestry workshop at Mohala Lehua Farm.

Topics covered

  • Principles of agroforestry
  • Syntropy—nature's regenerative collaboration
  • Planting and management strategies
  • Site analysis and design
  • Crop selection
  • Plant biology and soils
  • Economic analysis

Takeaways

  • Hands-on experience with regenerative agriculture systems: establishment and maintenance
  • Ability to design and develop agroforestry systems with short-, medium- and long- term crops
  • How, when, and why of management interventions
  • Strategies for early cost recovery and long-term profitability
The workshops will be intensive, covering both theory and practice of regeneration agroforestry

Workshops include

  • An immersive experience, life changing for many participants
  • Personalized training in both theory and practice
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Residential camping with rustic comfort facilities (or you can book your own accommodation in a nearby recommended hotel)
  • Very full days of learning and interacting with like-minded people.

Cost

August 20–25, 2017—Part 1: $1195

August 27–31, 2017—Part 2*: $1195

Parts 1 & 2: $1995

* Part 2 requires Part 1 attendance or permission from the trainers

Only a few participant spaces remain.

Aloha Syntropica™ fosters regeneration agroforestry based on syntropy through research, education, demonstration, and community engagement. Syntropy is the ability of life to generate complex order, accumulate energy, and create more life through nature's interconnected dynamics of collaboration. Aloha Syntropica™ is a collaborative project of FARM Center and Agroforestry Net with partners Hawaii Homegrown Food Network and Agenda Götsch.

Presenters

Workshop presenters (clockwise from upper left): Craig Elevitch, Neil Logan, Sophia Bowart, and Special Guest Presenters.

Craig Elevitch is a preeminent teacher of sustainable human agroecosystems in the Pacific. For more than two decades, Craig has been living, teaching and writing about agroforestry. He directs Agroforestry Net, a nonprofit educational organization, dedicated to empowering people in agroforestry and ecological resource management. The organization’s internationally recognized publications and workshops have guided thousands in becoming proficient in ecological food production, agroforestry, and reforestation. Craig has facilitated over 120 workshops in the Pacific, with over 6,000 producers and resource professionals participating since 1993. His agroforestry publications have garnered millions of downloads since 2000. These include Agroforestry Guides for Pacific Islands (2000), Traditional Trees of Pacific Islands: Their Culture, Environment, and Use (2006), Specialty Crops for Pacific Islands (2011), and Agroforestry Landscapes for Pacific Islands: Creating abundant and resilient food systems (2015), all of which promote diverse agricultural systems that are environmentally and economically sustainable.

Neil Logan is an agricultural innovator, drawing inspiration from agro-successional restoration, ethnobotany, mycology, permaculture, and numerous other fields. For the past 16 years, Neil has developed practical strategies, inspired by the work of Ernst Götsch, whom he first studied with in 2001. Together with his wife Sophia Bowart, he has been refining practical strategies for diverse agricultural production systems that can recover the costs of establishment within a few years. Neil has worked on projects in many different ecosystems around the globe, including in Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, New Zealand, and Canada. He is currently co-managing Mohala Lehua Farm and FARM Center and authoring several publications about agroforestry and Kiawe (Prosopis limensis) in Hawaii. Neil is a dynamic orator, teaching agroforestry, mycology, permaculture, horticulture, and herbalism for over 16 years. His capacity to impart big picture as well as practical perspectives to diverse audiences is one of his greatest strengths.

Sophia Bowart had a dream of transforming an open pasture into a food-producing regenerative ecosystem. She leveraged her background in non-profit development and sustainable business management to pioneer Mohala Lehua Farm in Hawi, Hawaii in 2006. Today, Mohala Lehua is still a rare example of regeneration of degraded pasture lands in Hawaii. Together with her husband Neil Logan, she has authored and presented on sustainable sandalwood agroforestry systems demonstrated at their farm. Sophia has worked to promote the Buy Local/Eat Local Campaign and the Hawaii Alliance for a Local Living Economy (HALE). Her passions for the economics of sustainable agriculture have inspired her to co-found FARM Center, which is dedicated to the recovery and vitalization of our planet's varied forest ecosystems, by protecting healthy watersheds and cultivating biological and cultural diversity. She has a knack for processing raw products from the farm into delicious and nutritious fare. In 2016, FARM Center in coordination with Agroforestry Net, brought Ernst Götsch to Hawaii in order to bring Syntropic Agriculture—Regeneration Agroforestry to the Pacific.

Special guest presenters

Additional teachers will complete the training team, giving participants a full, well rounded experience.

Let's get to work regenerating agroforestry landscapes.

Only a few participant spaces remain.

Contact email: coordinator@alohasyntropica.org

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