Gain insight into the basic skills to begin the transition from annuals to a permanent, perennial agriculture incorporating everything from nuts and berries, to livestock and fruits and vegetables. Shepard’s talk introduces the concept of ecosystem mimicry for crop selection. He also showcases specific tactics row-crop farmers can use to test the waters with a small plot of perennials on an affordable, manageable basis. Rather than an all-or-nothing premise, Shepard teaches evolving methods to start safely and slowly and build crop diversity over time.
Recorded at the 2016 Acres U.S.A. Conference, Omaha, Nebraska, Friday, December 2, 2016.