Home » Introducing Online Learning with Eco-Ag U Online! Introducing Online Learning with Eco-Ag U Online! June 3, 2020 Introducing Online Learning with Eco-Ag U Online! New from Acres U.S.A., the leaders in Eco-Agriculture education: Eco-Ag U Online, and its pilot course, Practical Permaculture and Agroforestry for Farmers by Mark Shepard. In an effort to make high-quality education available and easily accessible to farmers everywhere, Acres U.S.A. has worked to develop Eco-Ag U Online. The lessons from eco-ag experts will live here to serve and educate farmers and growers year-round.To create these courses, authors with years of experience teaching in classrooms converted their lessons to online format. Acres U.S.A. editors then spent a year investing in in-depth research, learning best practices and organizing class materials.The lessons are comprised of video, audio, photos, graphics, and text components to illustrate key points. Discussion boards are attached to each lesson to allow you to connect and learn from future students.And more is on the way! Classes in biological farming, hemp growing, farm business and more are still under construction, so stay tuned for future announcements. Mark Shepard’s Course – Now Available Our first Eco-Ag U Online course is Practical Permaculture and Agroforestry for Farmers: Foundation Knowledge in Restoration Agriculture, taught by Mark Shepard. About the Course Real-world permaculture is an approach to designing perennial agricultural systems that mimic the complex interrelationships found in nature. Many of the concepts were practiced by native people and early civilizations before agriculture discovered and became addicted to cheap fossil fuels. In this detailed, instructional online workshop, you will learn from Wisconsin farmer and best-selling author Mark Shepard how to build proven permaculture systems that improve soil health, crop yield, field biodiversity and natural pest and weed suppression. View the course. About Mark Shepard Wisconsin farmer Mark Shepard is a certified permaculture designer, agroforester and ecological farming consultant. He has demonstrated on his own 100-acre family farm that the principles of permaculture — long embraced by eco-minded urban gardeners — are needed in farming more now than ever. What You’ll Learn Specific tools and techniques which will be discussed include: Windbreaks Alley cropping Silvopasture Polyculture and permaculture Multi-story forest cropping Erosion best management practices Integrated specialty crops View the course. Don’t Miss an Update! Sign up for the Acres U.S.A. News & Announcements email newsletter and stay in the know about online learning, new classes, discounts, book sales, event updates and more! Keep Learning with Acres U.S.A. The learning doesn’t stop at the end of your course! Check out our other educational offers and opportunities. You can: Attend an Acres U.S.A. event Upcoming Events: Healthy Soil Summit – Aug. 25-26 Organic No-Till Intensive – Sept. 21-22 Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show – Dec. 1-4 See all upcoming events. Subscribe to Acres U.S.A. Magazine Acres U.S.A. strives to be a farmer’s best resource for growing crops, raising livestock and running their operation economically and ecologically. Sign up before the end of June to take advantage of our Spring Subscription Sale! You can save 25%, plus offers on digital and multi-year subscriptions. Learn More. Sign up to get our monthly magazine! Browse the Acres U.S.A. Bookstore Acres U.S.A. is the premier North American publisher on production-scale organic and sustainable farming. For over four decades we have helped farmers, ranchers and market gardeners grow food organically, sustainably, and without harmful, toxic chemistry.Discover your next read here!