Restoration Agriculture with Mark Shepard


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Using nature as a model, Restoration Agriculture is the intentional restoration of healthy, functional ecosystems as the context for economically-viable farm operations. Perennial crops, livestock, fungus, and pollinators are integrated to produce abundant food, fiber, and fuel and simultaneously restore critical ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, water purification and infiltration, nutrient cycling, and biodiversity.

In this introductory course, learn the vocabulary and tools available to redesign your farm into a diversified, resilient perennial polyculture with tree crops, livestock, fruits and vegetables, and more. We’ll discuss techniques such as Farm-scale Permaculture design, keyline design for water management, staple food crops, alleycropping, silvopasturing, multi-story cropping, and how to put it all together into a sustainable and profitable farming system.

Instructed by Mark Shepard 

Mark Shepard Headshot

Mark Shepard and his family have managed New Forest Farms LLC in Viola, Wis., since 1995. The farm is a fossil fuel-free, perennial agriculture ecosystem, with chestnuts, hazelnuts, apples, asparagus, and grass-fed, nut-finished cattle, chickens and pigs. He is the author of Restoration Agriculture – Real World Permaculture for Farmers. He is a certified permaculture designer, the founder and president of Restoration Agriculture Institute, a farmer-member of the Organic Valley cooperative, and the founder of Shepard’s Hard Cyder winery.


Mark Shepard’s New Forest Farm


The course tuition fee is $325. Space in this course is limited.
Bring a Buddy Rate: Sign up with a buddy and you each save $25.

Tuition Includes:

  • The 3 Day – Restoration Agriculture  Course with Mark Shepard.
  • Meals: 6 meals + snacks. Our chefs will do their best to accommodate your dietary needs.
  • Lodging:  Tent or RV camping. There are hot showers available. Electricity and water are situated at various locations on site. We ask that campfires are restricted to the community fire.

Participants are welcome to stay in local lodging. Harmony Park is just 10 miles north of Albert Lea, MN.



Harmony Park (click for large image)

The course will be held at Harmony Park in Freeborn County, MN. (Just days before the North American Permaculture Convergence, which will also be there.)

The site is located about 90 miles south of Minneapolis.

The address is:
Harmony Park Music Garden
79503 298th Street
Clarks Grove, MN 56016

Harmony Park is a 45 acre campground and special event venue. The main camping area is 20 shady acres of bur oaks sitting on the shore of Lake Geneva.

Harmony Park is the site of many Permaculture projects.

  • Wild Again Permaculture Gardens, a five year old food forest, includes: demonstrations of raised beds, hugelkultur, keyhole beds, plant guilds, sheet mulching, chickens, ducks, bees and more.
  • The Hosta Forest gardens are a study in full shade food production.
  • Edible Woody Plant Guild Islands are being developed throughout the campgrounds.

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Watch Mark’s Intro to New Forest Farm Video:






Local Lodging:

Hilltop Inn and Suites
700 U.S. 69
Albert Lea
(507) 377-1394

Countryside Inn Motel
2102 E. Main St., Albert Lea

Motel 65
1611 S.E. Broadway Avenue, Albert Lea

Magnuson Hotel
2019 East Main Street, Albert Lea

Comfort Inn
810 Happy Trails Ln
Albert Lea
(507) 377-1100

811 E Plaza St
Albert Lea
(507) 373-4324

Country Inn & Suites
2214 E Main St
Albert Lea
(507) 373-5513

Americas Best Value Inn
2306 E Main St
Albert Lea
(507) 373-6471

Best Western Plus
821 E Plaza St
Albert Lea
(507) 373-4000