Mark Shepard: Water Management on My Farm MP3
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Based on more than 20 years of real-world experience, Mark Shepard has modified the fundamental tenets of Yeoman’s Keyline design to work on North American farms and takes into account land ownership boundaries, crop water needs, and more. In this session, Mark will explain simple, inexpensive earth-shaping and cultivation techniques to optimize water distribution on the farm. These strategies will help encourage water penetration into the soil, increase soil organic matter, increase the depth of humic layers and can sequester atmospheric carbon more rapidly than any other known technique.
Mark Shepard is a Wisconsin-based permaculture designer, agroforester and ecological farming consultant. He and his family have transformed a typical 140-acre row-crop dairy farm into a permaculture-based perennial-agricultural ecosystem using oak savannah, successional brushland and Eastern woodlands as ecological models. He is the author of Restoration Agriculture and the subject of the video Restoration Agriculture in Practice. He is currently working on a new book for Acres U.S.A. on water management.
1 hour, 4 minutes (23.3 MB)
Recorded at the 2018 Acres U.S.A. Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, Dec. 4-7, 2018.
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