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Regenerative Agriculture and Soil Health - Intensive Workshop 2019


  • Brooksdale Environmental Centre - A Rocha 1620 192 Street Surrey, BC, V3Z 9V2 Canada (map)
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The maintenance of the fertility of the soil is the first condition of any permanent system of agriculture.
— Sir Albert Howard, Founder of the organic farming movement

Workshop registration

This workshop has a limited capacity of 30 participants.

Click here to reserve your spot.


What this workshop offers

This 2-day intensive workshop will provide participants with insight into the potential of regenerative agriculture and soil health for the growth of their farms and businesses.

We will be providing a platform for making better decisions that mutually benefit both the producer and the landscape.

With the workshop's heavy focus on regenerative agriculture and soil health, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of how to appropriately engage with their water management systems while promoting plant fertility governed mainly by soil biology.

Other topics we will be covering

  • Farm planning and management

  • Streamlining farming operations with regenerative design

  • Water management and farm hydrology

  • Fundamentals of soil ecology and microbiology’s role in plant production

  • Integrated pest management and promotion of biodiversity

  • Regenerative agriculture for business growth and how to effectively market your business


General Workshop Outline


Who this workshop is for

  • Small to medium scale farmers

  • Greenhouse operators 

  • Small-scale ranchers

  • Backyard gardeners

  • Cannabis producers

  • Individuals with general interest in regenerative agriculture, permaculture, soil ecology, or agroecology


Why sign-up

Because we will provide a platform for making better decisions that will mutually benefit both yourself and the landscape using the foundations of regenerative agriculture and soil ecology.

The goals of this workshop are to provide the participants with methods and techniques on how they can:

  • Improve yields

  • Produce higher quality crops

  • Reduce costs

  • Reduce maintenance and management workload

  • Be better environmental stewards

Workshop Fee

This workshop has a limited capacity of 30 participants.

Click here to reserve your spot.

$350/person

This fee includes:

  • Delicious lunch, coffee, tea and snacks on both days

  • 1-hr post-workshop consultation with Ryan Hill of Permanent Consulting

  • 1 basic soil food web analysis from Jo Tobias of RootShoot Soils

$275/person

This fee includes:

  • Delicious lunch, coffee, tea and snacks on both days

We can provide a nut, gluten and/or dairy free option, however, we cannot guarantee cross contamination. People with severe allergies are kindly asked to provide their own food. Thank you for your understanding.


Out-of-town participants

A Rocha will also be offering accommodation for participants travelling from out of town. There are 5 guestrooms available - $60/night for single or $80/night for double occupancy. Breakfast is included.

Please contact Ute Lindenlauf at 778.291.2500 or ute.lindenlauf@arocha.ca for bookings.


Educators

Ryan Hill

 
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Ryan Hill is an international Regenerative Agriculture and Land Management professional, and founder of Permanent Consulting – where he designs and executes innovative agricultural solutions.

His focus is eliminating reliance on the destructive, extractive practices of conventional agriculture, by building modern farming systems with cutting-edge strategies that repair and regenerate the environment.

Ryan studied Permaculture under the mentorship of Geoff Lawton, of The Permaculture Research Institute, Soil Ecology with Dr. Elaine Ingham of Soil Food-Web Inc., Holistic Management with Alan Savoury, of the Savoury Institute, and many other regenerative land care experts.

Most recently, Ryan consulted for Billions In Change, and their internal group of organizations for 3 years. BIC is a social welfare funding agency, focused on helping the most impoverished through education and application of technology to provide the basic necessities of life. There he worked specifically to establish demonstration sites, training centres, and the accompanying training programs for Regenerative Agriculture. During this time, approximately 150,000 women were trained to completely remove chemical inputs from their farming practices. The training centre and education programs are ongoing.


Jo Tobias

 
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Jo Tobias is a regenerative soils consultant, soil food web advisor and founder of RootShoot Soils, a soil health consulting service and the only formally recognized soil food web lab in Western Canada.  She has been helping farmers, landscape designers, cannabis producers, permaculture practitioners, and homeowners throughout BC and Alberta with services in:

  • Soil health education and consultation

  • Biological soil testing

  • Soil biology treatments

Over the last three years, Jo has been under the direct guidance and mentorship of Dr Elaine Ingham, founder of Soil Food Web Inc., studying soil ecology and practical ways in which our soils can be restored to support plant health. As a soil food web advisor, regenerating the natural balance and symbiotic relationship between plants and soil is Jo’s main priority.

Recently, Jo became a sustainability instructor through the City of Richmond's Environmental Programs Department. This new position will allow her to expand her reach and teach more communities about the importance of regenerating our soils.

Jo has also studied Permaculture under Geoff Lawton of the Permaculture Institute of Australia and she is also a graduate of Gaia College Organic Land Care program.

As a former software developer for almost 15 years, Jo worked for various industries that allowed her to gain a diverse set of transferable skills in leadership, communication, project management, analytics and research and development.

You can also follow Jo’s Facebook page to find out more about the latest research on soil ecology as well as Jo’s microbial pursuits.


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