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 young, 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 young adults 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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— Agenda —

Groundwork will feature educational presentations and interactive discussions on the fundamentals of regenerative 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.

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— 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.”

— Participation —

GROUNDWORK is designed as a small group discussion-oriented format for participants to take a dive into the potential of regenerative agriculture to grow a thriving, resilient food system and the power of committed people to extend its practice and impact. One of the most renewable resources on the planet is collaboration!

Participants will be asked to actively engage for 90 minutes daily during the two weeks of July 20-31 (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

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— Registration —

Registration coming soon! Please fill out the below form to join the invite list for our next Groundwork course, June 14-25, 2021.

— What is Groundwork?—

Designed as a small group discussion-oriented format for young adults, students and curious thought leaders, this online gathering digs into the potential of regenerative agriculture to grow a thriving, resilient food system and the power of people like you to extend its practice and impact. This collaborative two-week intensive course offers participants the opportunity to explore the principles, practices, and possibilities of regenerating our lands, communities, and food system. Groundwork features educational presentations and interactive discussions on the fundamentals of regenerative and relational agriculture.

— Organizers —

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

— Questions? —

For questions, please contact Megan at [email protected]
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