This Short Course is Ideal

if you are a farmer, rancher, landowner or grower who are actively trying to solve these types of problems:

  • You are a grower searching for a nontoxic system

  • Water is running off your property and not into your own storage areas

  • Monocrop or traditional rotation systems are producing an annual decrease in yields

  • Land and soil health are dilapidated

  • A system is needed to integrate livestock, trees and crops

  • A campus or business property needing nontoxic, alternative ideas

  • and more!

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome, and an Introduction

  • 2

    Key Concepts

    • Understanding Succession . . . Nature's Way

    • Perennialism

    • It's All About Resource Capture . . . Light, Rain, More

    • The Savanna — Successional Brushland

  • 3

    Real-World Application

    • Step 1: Identify your Biome

    • Step 2: Find the "Key" Economic Species

    • Step 3: Imitate the System

    • Oak Savanna Biome

    • Considering Biomes Other than the Oak Savanna

  • 4

    Next Steps on the Farm

    • Integrating Animals into a Restoration Agriculture System

    • Considering Water

    • An Introduction to Keylines and Masterlines

    • The Concepts of Water Management On-Farm

    • Meet "Agroforestry"

    • Agroforestry Techniques: Alley Cropping

    • Agroforestry Techniques: Silvopasture

  • 5

    And When It All Works Together . . .

    • Introduction: A Healthy Ecosystem

    • A Call for New Pioneers

    • SURVEY: One Last Request . . .

    • What to Do Next . . .?

  • 6

    Bonus Material

  • 7

    FAQs/Troubleshooting

    • Technical Troubleshooting

Quality Course Instruction

You will not be able to find this same collection of information presented in this way anywhere! Exclusive to Eco-Ag U Online.


Learn real-world tips from Mark Shepard, who will teach through text, images and from video on his permaculture farm in Wisconsin. Here is a sample video from his full course where he will teach you about the principles of contour farming.

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