Post NAPC Permaculture Tour of the Driftless Region

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Join us after the North American Permaculture Convergence (NAPC) for a tour of some of the best of what the upper Midwest has to offer!

Our tour will take us to 3 states as we visit Badgersett Research Farm, Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture, New Forest Farm, and Seed Saver’s Exchange.

The bus will leave the site of the NAPC at 8 am on September 1st and return at 8 pm on September 2nd.

Our first stop is Badgersett Research Farm, in Canton, MN, where Phil Rutter has been growing and improving hybrid hazelnuts, chestnuts for more than twenty years, bringing Woody Agriculture into the mainstream. We will have a boxed lunch at this site. Plants will be for sale.

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Hybrid chestnut tubelings at Badgersett Research Farm.

Next, we drive on to Kinstone Acadamy of Applied Permaculture, in Fountain City, WI. Natural building, permaculture master plan, stone megaliths, and dinner courtesy of our host.

kinstone_aerialAfter visiting Kinstone, we will travel on to Viroqua, WI, where we will stay overnight in a hotel. Viroqua is an oasis in the Midwest, center of Vernon County, with one of the highest concentrations of organic farms in the country.

The morning of September 2nd, we head to New Forest Farm, Mark Shepard’s broad acre permaculture farm modeled on the native oak savannah ecosystem. Stroll through 106 acres of chestnuts, hazelnuts, apples, pears, cherries, and much more.

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Mark Shepard’s New Forest Farm.

Then it’s back on the bus and back to Viroqua for lunch.

After lunch, we will dip down into Iowa to visit the Seed Saver’s Exchange in Decorah. Highlights include the preservation gardens, heritage orchard, and a herd of Ancient White Park Cattle. You’ll find over 600 seed varieties for sale in the gift shop.

Display gardens at Seed Savers Exchange.

Display gardens at Seed Savers Exchange.

We will return to Harmony Park on Tuesday evening, September 2, where you will then be shuttled to the cities to catch your plane.

Space is very limited. This tour will include a lot of walking. Participants must wear sturdy shoes, long pants, and bring your own water.

Cost: $160, includes all tours, bus, hotel (double occupancy), boxed lunch at Badgersett and dinner at Kinstone. Breakfast will be at the hotel, lunch will be on your own in Viroqua.

For more info or to register write: NAPCtour@centerfordeepecology.org