Do you want to plan, install, and operate large-scale permaculture systems for maximum resiliency and economic stability? Ready to learn from international experts in tree crops, keyline design, and multi-species grazing?
We’re all in a unique place in history. Our motivations are clear: live an enjoyable life, earn a living from a sustainable and regenerative source, and build security while facing an uncertain future. The only reliable way to fulfill these goals, for ourselves and the greater world, is to scale-up permaculture. Farmscale Permaculture is the process of rolling out scalable systems that feed lots of people and rebuild ecosystems – changing how Earth looks from space.
This course is hosted at Versaland, an emerging 145-acre agroforestry savanna in Iowa City, Iowa. Versaland is actively transforming a degraded monocultural landscape into an abundant ecosystem. Remarkable to see it happening with your own eyes.
It’s possible, it’s being done, and it’s easier than you think.
This course presents advanced material outside of a typical Permaculture Design Course (PDC), and is focused for those who will create abundant farm ecosystems.
The Farmscale Permaculture course teaches a broad scope of skills and concepts you MUST HAVE.
Grant is the Founder of VersaLand and known in some circles as the “Mad Scientist of Permaculture”. As a farmer-hacker-artist, Grant develops new tools and techniques for creating and managing agroecosystems, including GPS Keyline technology, custom tree planters, and electric tractors. Leveraging a background in agricultural and commercial land management and brokerage, Grant will share innovative ways to gain land access, design a diverse farm, and create a broadacre permaculture farm that yields abundant rewards.
Co-owner of Ecological Design and based in Minneapolis, Lindsay designs permaculture systems from tiny urban lots to broad-acre farms. Designing, implementing, and managing integrated edible working landscapes full-time since 2005, her current work involves consulting on issues of land use, creating perennial crop systems, and establishing whole farm management plans.
A graduate of the University of St. Thomas in environmental studies and justice and peace studies, Lindsay has studied culture and food systems in the US, Bangladesh, and Cuba. After a year of working on permaculture farms in Guatemala including I’jatz Cooperative and Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura (IMAP), Lindsay became Program Director at Permaculture Research Institute Cold Climate. For more than ten years, she has worked with farmers, local foods nonprofits and chefs in Minnesota to organize and strengthen cold climate permaculture networks. You can find Lindsay teaching her children how to grow food in their own gardens as well as on Twitter and Instagram.
Peter is an ecologist-turned-farmer and applies his background in complexity science and ecology towards the design, restoration, and management of diverse and agriculturally productive savanna ecosystems. He and his wife Maureen founded Mastodon Valley Farm, a 100-acre permaculture farm in Southwestern Wisconsin where they are homesteading, planting lots of trees, and grazing lots of animals.
Jean is a master of homestead skills. An expert of fermented foods, Jean will share how to preserve the harvest without refrigeration, brew kombucha, create probiotic kimchis and krautchis for optimum health, in addition to sharing all of her animal husbandry and CSA operational skills. Raised on a diversified Midwestern farm, Jean will share her insights to live a healthy and optimal interdependent lifestyle.
Trevor is the co-owner of Roots To Fruits Ecological Design— an edible landscaping and permaculture design firm based in lower Michigan. He has worked on the design and implementation of countless orchards, homesteads, and small farms. Trevor is the president of the Michigan Nut Growers Association and runs a website called The Fruit Nut where he explores pomology and uncommon fruits. For the past several years he’s been actively researching and working to develop uncommon fruit crops for cold climates; he is also an enthusiast of the emerging cider industry and has been working on a grant-funded project to restore neglected orchards with the aim of producing cider apples. Trevor is an all around plant geek, avid horticulturalist, and a passionate student of the natural world.
Neal Spackman has transformed the 80 acres of desert known as Al Baydha in Saudi Arabia with transformational terraforming. Using water from flash floods, he has pioneered a silvopasture system that regenerates groundwater, builds soil, and creates new economies in a climate averaging fewer than 3 inches of rain per year and summer temperatures reaching over 120ºF.