Syntropic Agroforestry Course

Please Note: This event has been postponed due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19. We will be announcing a new date for this event in due course. All registrations for the April 19th course date will be valid.

Introduction to Syntropic Agroforestry – Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd March 2020

  • Course led by Felipe Amato and Steven Werner (former students of Ernst Götsch)
  • 4 full days of morning theory and afternoon practice course at Hazel and Davi’s Wicklow Farm.
  • Cost: €340 for Irish residents. €450 for international participants (Deposit / Instalment scheme available)

The Course will be divided into theoretical morning classes and a practical afternoon of work. 4 days to cover the basics of Syntropic Agroforestry and to plant the placenta (embryo or beginning) of two different systems: A Fruit and Nut and a Market Garden:

Course Modules / Topics:

  • The history and principles of syntropic agroforestry;
  • How to implement and manage syntropic agroforestry systems;
  • How to harmonize these systems with nature’s patterns (sun, wind, topography, local flora, etc.);
  • How to choose appropriate plant consortium to each stage and soil condition of the system
  • How to choose and plan the production of value added produce.
  • Strata: How plants behave in their environment. Considering the quantity and quality of light that the plants need to be healthy.
  • Natural succession: How the system develops through succeeding plants
  • Mulching: The importance of keeping the soil covered with organic matter
  • Planting: practical implementation of planting planning on the field.

Course Schedule:

  • Day 1- Introduction to Syntropic farming & Soil production.- Farming as it was done by indigenous people in Brazil before the colonization, contact with the Europeans and transformation of the farming practice.- The farming techniques developed by Ernst Götsch- Entropic processes versus Syntropic processes- The organisation of those processes by the forest.- From rock to soil: how are soil and it’s horizons created, the role of organisms in this process.- The cycle of the nutrients.- The cycle of the organic matter in agriculture.- The importance of disturbance, in the forest and in agriculture.
  • Day 2 and 3 – Natural Succession and Stratification.- Colonization, accumulation and abundance systems- Quality and quantity of consolidated life.- Succession and Stratification of the species in the forest.- Application of natural succession and stratification in agriculture.
  • Day 4 – Ecological Interactions and Ecophysiological Functions- Pollination and seed dispersing- Co-evolution of species and ecosystem- Disturbance elements- Optimisation processes.
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