Advanced Permaculture Farming and Design Course
Atitlan organics, caoba farms, finca el por venir & abundant edge
antigua guatemala and alta verapaz, Guatemala
November 10-19, 2018
Are you ready to take your permaculture design skills to the next level? Looking to start a farm or regenerative enterprise? Want to take your farm or social enterprise a new place?
In this unique course, brought to you by four of the best Permaculture enterprises in Central America, we will be sharing the secrets of how to apply the permaculture principles to bring about real transformation in your life and business.
This advanced course is intended for people who already have experience and training in permaculture, but who want to develop truly regenerative farms, design firms and social projects.
This unique collaboration between Atitlan Organics, Caoba Farms, Finca El Por Venir, and Abundant Edge is truly one-of-a-kind! As some of the most cutting edge regenerative farming enterprises in Central America, the combined knowledge and experience of these four farms will take your Permaculture game to the next level. Course leaders include Alex Kronick, founder of Caoba Farms and one of leading bio-intensive market gardeners in Central America; Laurent Maniet, founder of Finca El Por Venir and one of the Americas' leading tropical agroforestry practitioners; and Neal Hegarty, Oliver Goshey, and Jeremy Fellows, all certified Atitlan Organics facilitators and founders of Abundant Edge, a cutting-edge regenerative design homestead and enterprise which focuses on the Permaculture design principles and natural building.
Topics to be covered include:
The Keys to Profitable Market Gardening:
· Fertility and pest management
· Integration of animals, crops and forest gardens
· Seed saving and storing
· Marketing and business strategies for a successful small farm business
The Secrets to Profitable Off-Grid Agroforestry:
· Use of successional models to create a harmonic productive system
· Key management techniques in agroforestry
· Keys to energy management in an off-grid operation
· Food production and value adding steps for your farm
Professional Permaculture Design and Consulting:
· Advanced design methodologies for producing high quality holistic designs
· Keys steps to building a brand and attracting clients
· The scale of permanence and its use in holistic design
· Diverse strategies for building resilience in your community and social Enterprises
This course is designed for Permaculture practitioners who have completed their Permaculture Design Certification and have at least 1 year experience. If you do not meet these recommendations but would nonetheless like to apply to the course, please make a note of that in your application, as well as why you are interested in the Advanced Permaculture Course.
This course brings together some of the best-of-the-best when it comes to Permaculture and sustainable, regenerative agrisystems. Not only are the facilitators leaders in their fields, they all have ample experience in designing and executing Permaculture-based regenerative enterprises. If you're wondering how you can take Permaculture from being a neat hobby to being a way to make a living, or if you'd like to enhance your current Permaculture-based project or enterprise, look no further!
Laurent is the founder of Finca El Por Venir and Dalileo Chocolates. He has designed the cacao forest agroforestry systems in place there, and has years of experience in productive sylvopasture and agroforestry. With his background in business and finance, and recent experiences in large-scale tropical organic farming, he likes to share real world techniques and concepts that are fundamental in bringing a permaculture dream/project to a profitable reality
Alex is the founder of Caoba Farms in Antigua, Guatemala. He was born in Guatemala but lived for many years in Colorado and California, and has managed sustainable farms for over 14 years. With an entrepreneurial background, he demonstrates how farming is connected to community and education by creating diverse systems which generate income for many people. Caoba Farms focuses on two main areas: bio-intensive methods to maximize yields in small spaces while maintaining healthy soil growth; and the importance of saving and reproducing seeds in a ever-changing world economy, for the benefit of the community and future generations.
Neal is from an Irish family with a background in dairy farming. He has worked in agricultural projects all over the world, including Australia and Colombia. He came to Guatemala four years ago and has been here ever since. Neal now works as a facilitator for Atitlan Organics and as a designer and consultant for Abundant Edge. He specializes in combining the teaching of permaculture with a focus on wider socio-political issues, and on encouraging students to develop new ways of thinking about old problems
Jeremy has focused ten years of study, mentorship and implementation on permaculture design systems and teaching modalities. With many years of experience in Botany, Horticulture and Soil science he is fascinated by the world of plants. After working many years in Guatemala Jeremy has dedicated his focus to land and water management systems that lend to ecological acceleration and social integration through food production.
Oliver is an accomplished natural builder and founder of Abundant Edge, a regenerative design and natural building company based in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Oliver is passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles that repair and advance ecosystems through symbiotic design and compassionate construction. Oliver is also the host of "The Abundant Edge" Podcast where he interviews leaders and change-makers in the worlds of permaculture, natural building, and regenerative living.