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    Dear Friends of the Earth, Check out this amazing course series and instructor line-up happening at the Farm at the end of August and September. Carbon Farming
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      Dear Friends of the Earth,

      Check out this amazing course series and instructor line-up happening
      at the Farm at the end of August and September.

      Carbon Farming is a hot topic bringing together quite a team of all-
      star specialists. The technologies being presented in this course
      could truly transform agriculture, land management, food production,
      and economic hardship while addressing climate change issues with real
      solutions at the same time.

      Please help spread the word about this course.

      -Living Mandala

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      TENNESSEE CARBON FARMING COURSE SERIES:

      Broadacre Permaculture and Holistic Management for Carbon Negative
      Agriculture

      Exploring Soil, Water, Carbon, Energy & the Economy

      Hands-on Training for Ecological and Economic Resilience

      with Darren Doherty - Elaine Ingham - Eric Toensmeier - Brad Lancaster
      - Kirk Gadzia - Joel Salatin



      Hosted by the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm, Summertown, TN
      August 25 � September 16, 2009

      COURSE INFORMATION

      Visit http://LivingMandala.com/Living_Mandala/Carbon_Farming_09.html
      for more information

      TOPICS COVERED

      HOLISTIC DESIGN; PROJECT MANAGEMENT; WATER HARVESTING; IRRIGATION
      SYSTEMS; MYCOFILTRATION; MYCOREMEDIATION; ECOLOGICAL PEST MANAGEMENT;
      SOIL MICROBIAL ANALYSIS; DROUGHT-PROOFING; COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT;
      INTEGRATED LIVESTOCK SYSTEMS; SOIL REHABILITATION; EROSION CONTROL;
      PRODUCTIVE WINDBREAKS; FIRE CONTROL; ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT MODELS;
      GIS/CAD DESIGN; ADVANCED PERMACULTURE DESIGN; KEYLINE DESIGN &
      IMPLEMENTATION; FOOD FOREST GARDENING; ECONOMIC LOCALIZATION

      DESCRIPTION

      The Tennessee Carbon Farming Course Series will launch the nation�s
      first holistic curriculum for carbon negative agriculture, and will be
      the first event in a national campaign to spread this cutting edge
      curriculum throughout the United States. Taught by leading global
      experts in sustainable agriculture and carbon sequestration, this
      professional training course will encompass all of the design elements
      needed to create a carbon sequestering agricultural system�returning
      carbon to the soil while increasing food production.

      The audience for the upcoming Holistic Carbon Farming Course Series
      will include farmers, permaculturists, biologists, policy makers,
      grounds keepers, land-owners etc. interested in regenerating thriving
      local ecosystems throughout the world.

      These courses are in direct response to the current challenges
      experienced by producers & communities across the globe by a variety
      of climatic, agronomic & economic conditions. Studies have shown that
      permaculture-inspired soil building techniques lead to signficant
      carbon sequestration, while also increasing soil fertility and water
      retention. This course will provide participants with an opportunity
      to learn these techniques in order to create resilient, drought proof,
      soil-rich, carbon-negative agricultural systems that produce organic
      food as well as additional income through the international carbon
      market.

      The Ecovillage Training Center at the Farm offers an amazing
      opportunity to experience permaculture in action; the Farm's 1,700
      acres will undergo a massive keyline design and implementation during
      and after the course to help drought proof the community and prepare
      for future production.


      FORMAT

      This course will be offered through four interrelated modules
      constituting the nation�s first holistic curriculum for carbon
      negative agriculture. Participants can choose to attend the entire
      course, individual modules or combined selections. (Read more details
      online at http://LivingMandala.com/Living_Mandala/
      Carbon_Farming_09.html )
      Module 1: 8/25-30 Holistic Management� Training with Kirk Gadzia,
      Resource Management Services, LLC

      Holistic Management applies systems thinking approach to managing land
      resources that builds biodiversity, improves production, generates
      financial strength, and improves the quality of life for those who use
      it. The whole system design integrates financial planing and land use
      to create profitable and sustainable agricultural systems.

      Module 2: 9/1-6 Keyline Design with Darren Doherty, Permaculture.biz

      Keyline Design is a corner stone of landscape regeneration, soil
      building and water retention. It is applicable in all climates and
      provides an holistic framework for integrating soil building, animal
      management and watershed health and agroforestry.


      Module 3: 9 /8-12 Earthworks and Food Forestry with Brad Lancaster,
      Desert Harvesters and Eric Toensmeier, Co-Author of Edible Food Gardens

      This module focuses on landscape regeneration using permaculture
      design to hold water in the landscape, and create integrated
      ecosystems that provide food, fuel and fiber while increasing
      biodiversity and resilience. Together, Earthworks and Food forestry
      provide key building blocks for local food and water security as well
      as climate change mitigation and carbon sequestration.

      Module 4: 9/13-16 Soil Food Webs and Relocalization with Dr. Elaine
      Ingham, Soil Food Web Inc. and Joel Salatin, Polyface Inc.

      Improving soil health and community health go hand in hand to creating
      resilient local food systems that reinforce biodiversity.



      TUITION

      Tuition includes instruction, lodging, and 3 delicious meals per day.
      Participants can register for the entire intensive, individual, or
      combined sessions. The tuition costs for individual and combined
      modules are below.

      Holistic Carbon Farming - All modules: 8/25-9/16: $3,500

      Individual Modules

      Module 1: Holistic Management� 8/25-30 - $1,150
      Module 2: Keyline Design 9/1-6 - $1,150
      Module 3: Earthworks and Food Forestry 9 /8-11 - $800
      Module 4: Soil Food Webs and Relocalization 9/13-16 -$1,400

      Combined Selections

      Combination 1: Holistic Soil Management: Modules 1 & 2 - $2,000
      Combination 2: Broadacre Permaculture Design: Modules 2 & 3 - $1,700
      Combination 3: Regenerative Local Agriculture: Modules 3 & 4 - $2,000


      Becoming an Affiliate or Sponsor of the Carbon Farming Series

      Start supporting sustainable progress today! Help us spread the good
      word about this course and others and earn cash. Affiliate marketing
      is a de-centralized and synergistic model in which affiliates help to
      spread the word in exchange for a referral fee or course discount.
      Referrals for each registration range from $50-$150/referral .

      Contact: Outreach@... to find out more about being a
      pollinator/sponsor for this and other related courses.


      Mutual Benefits for Organizational Sponsors

      Sponsors can have their logo displayed on the Living Mandala website
      and other Carbon Farming partners as well as in promotional materials
      regarding the course. Being a sponsor can include promoting the course
      with a live link on your organization's website, sending promotional
      emails about the course to related networks, or by donating resources
      to support the course such as scholarship money, food, tools, office
      supplies, etc.

      For details about becoming an affiliate or sponsor e-mail: affiliates@...


      MORE INFO

      Visit http://LivingMandala.com/Living_Mandala/Carbon_Farming_09.html
      for more information
      Check out our new blog at: http://carbonfarmingcourse.blogspot.com/
      Join us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?
      sid=5ce2b36c9e05a9cd4b6df9b6ed4781a7&eid=84581496075&ref=search
      Join us on WiserEarth at: http://www.wiserearth.org/event/view/58fef6120823c3212465aa1d510be64d

      Phone: 707-634-1461
      Email: carbonfarming@...



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