This workshop will explore strategies for building regenerative farming systems and working landscapes. You will leave this workshop with an understanding of regenerative principles, observational exercises and tools to implement regeneration at any scale. Ecological Design will share insights, lessons, and stories from their 20 years of transitioning urban and rural lands. This two part "Building Land Resilience" workshop for farm managers and land stewards is facilitated by Ecological Design, hosted by Main Street Project, and funded in part through a USDA - Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program grant. There is no cost to participate, use links below to register.
Part 1: Deepening Your Land Relationship
Oct. 25th 5:00-8:00pm Central Time
Part 2: Activation Strategies
Oct. 26th 5:00-8:00pm Central Time
Paula Westmoreland and Lindsay Rebhan are designers, educators, and owners of Ecological Design, a regenerative agriculture and landscape design company working throughout the Midwest. Over the past 20 years they have helped transition hundreds of sites including rural and urban farms, homesteads, public spaces, campuses, and backyards.
Paula Westmoreland is a permaculture designer, agroecologist, teacher and author who started Ecological Design in 2000. She is passionate about bringing the land back to life, laying the foundation for abundance, and finding pathways for people to reconnect to the land. Paula serves as Board vice-president of the Permaculture Institute of North America.
Lindsay Rebhan is co-owner of Ecological Design, an agrarian specialist in land planning, agroecology, farm design and land management. Lindsay works with farmers, land owners, food nonprofits, and organizations to increase the natural wealth of land over time. Lindsay co-teaches an annual Regenerative Farm Design Course at Mastodon Valley Farm and an undergraduate course on Environmental Sustainability with HECUA at Lily Springs Farm. She serves on the Advisory Council of the Savanna Institute.
Since 2016, Ecological Design has been a foundational partner in Main Street Project's effort to restore 100 acres of corn on corn farmland located in Northfield, MN into a healthy ecosystem by covering the soil, planting perennials, cleaning up waterways, and adding wetlands. The Main Street Project exists to innovate a path toward a more just, resilient, and healthy food system; welcome, support, and value the expertise of immigrant, low income, new and transitioning farmers in a shared economy; and demonstrate perennial agriculture's capacity to heal the land and care for community.