Mark Shepard on Restoration Agriculture
Many of the topics we cover on this program either deal with the complex and difficult situation humanity has awoken to find itself in, or the growing pool of solutions being proposed. Few authors are able to span both areas as deftly as our guest today. We’re taking a journey into the deep wells of knowledge of restoration agriculture pioneer Mark Shepard, who has created a forest where there once was just degraded Wisconsin farmland, not just any forest, but a mega-permaculture, a 106-acre food production environment. He has just written a phenomenal book entitled Restoration Agriculture: Real-World Permaculture for Farmers, which is a handbook on large scale perennial polyculture, padded with generous servings of philosophy and big-picture analysis on how to move forward through the impasse humanity faces and confront it square-on.