Groundwork

Exploring a Regenerative and Relational Agriculture

June 14-25, 2021

Monday-Fridays, 10:30am - 12:00pm PT / 1:30 - 3:00pm ET

A guided virtual learning journey into a resilient food system through the study of regenerative and relational farming and ranching.

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Calling all curious seekers and adventurous spirits to join us for a special collaborative two-week intensive course, Groundwork: Exploring a Regenerative and Relational Agriculture. Bring your questions and open minds as we present and discuss principles, practices, and possibilities on regenerating our lands, communities, and food system.

Intended for anyone curious about regenerative agriculture and looking for knowledge, experience, and community within the field, Groundwork illustrates the power of regenerative and relational agriculture to grow a thriving food system resilient to climate change – and the power of people to extend its practice and impact. Participants will join us on a virtual field day rooted in soil to explore the magical microbial world that lies beneath our feet.

Come to learn and share, come to ask questions about regenerative and relational agriculture (with and without answers), come to connect, explore, and laugh with others in a focused and small group format.

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— What is Groundwork? —

Groundwork is a online, two-week intensive course featuring educational presentations and interactive discussions on the fundamentals of regenerative and relational agriculture. The agenda will cover a range of ecologically, economically, and socially based topics including principles, practices, monitoring, research, economics, integrated capital, policy, nutrition, health, and social, personal and community dynamics. We will interact with a multitude of presenters sharing their inspiring work and perspective on what it means to have a regenerative and relational agriculture. Participants will also venture outdoors for a virtual field tour of principles in practice in cropping systems and rangeland, and will conclude by mapping out ‘next steps’ on our journey.

— Lineup of Educators —

A-dae Romero-Briones

First Nations Development Institute

Didi Pershouse

Land & Leadership Initiative

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Esther Park

Cienega Capital , #NoRegrets Initiative

Kelly Mulville

PAICINES RANCH

Kristyn Leach

NAMU FARM

Sean McNamara

SIERRA ORCHARDS

Tiffani Patton

REAL FOOD MEDIA

Vera Allen

MIDWEST FARMERS OF COLOR COLLECTIVE

With facilitation by...

Darel Scott

EARTH IN COLOR

— In the Words of Participants —

“Groundwork reconnected me with the reasons I originally became involved with the food system, and helped me to see pursuing regenerative agriculture as a career as far more possible and approachable than I really have before.”

“The closest thing to magic that I’ve experienced on Zoom to date.”

“The two weeks were filled with impactful learning and information that I hope to use to create change and improve our health. And, that will start with the soil.”

“I learned so much. The lovely thing about mother earth is the many chances she gives us to renew ourselves, we just need to collectively take her up on that offer before it’s too late, and programs like yours are the answer to catalyze emergence.”

“So heartfelt and sincere... a crucial element of the remarkable cohesion and openness you have inspired in this group.”

“The biggest take away is that every living being and organism is connected. Humans are nature.”

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— Participation —

Participants will be asked to actively engage for 90 minutes daily during the two weeks of June 14-25 (Mondays-Fridays, 10:30am – 12:00pm PT), as well engage in additional study prior to each day’s topic. Participation in all sessions is highly encouraged to get the full experience, however recordings of each session will be emailed out afterwards.

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— Registration —

Groundwork is offered at no cost to participants thanks to support from the #NoRegrets Initiative and Globetrotter Foundation. Please use the below link to sign up for the course!

— Organizers —

The collaborative team is comprised of educators, researchers, ranchers and farmers from the Paicines Ranch Learning Center and #NoRegrets Initiative, along with inspiration from course co-founders at TomKat Ranch and Armonia. The course is co-facilitated by Darel Scott, Earth in Color.

— Questions? —

For questions, please contact Megan at [email protected]