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Date(s) - 03/21/2020 - 03/22/2020
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Timshel Permaculture

An Integrated Approach to Partnering with Your Woodland for Optimal Ecologic and Economic Abundance

A two-day of intensive agroforestry course at Timshel Permaculture’s 300-acre farm in Nelson County, Virginia. The course is designed for those engaged in or enthusiastic about sustainably growing and managing a woodland or forest for improved ecology and economy.

Course Overview

The 2-day course will cover everything between the philosophy and principles of forest managment to the actual and practical steps Timshel Pemraculture is taking to holistically manage their forested ecosystems:

  • 172-acre clear cut to silvopasture regeneration project (intro video click here)
  • intensively managed forest-foraged pigs
  • Timber stand marking and improvement
  • Lumber production and milling using band sawmills and Alaskan Chainsaw mills
  • …and more!

Have you ever wondered how to sustainably manage your woodland to promote its natural ecosystem alongside your economy? Do you know how to mark trees, classify timber stands, or measure basal area? Do you know how to identify native trees within your local biome? Are you curious how to run pigs in the woods to optimize yield while minimizing input? Are you interested in milling your own lumber but don’t know where to start? Do you know the difference between a Mockernut and Pignut Hickory or why you probably won’t find any Sycamores on dry ridges?

If any of those questions interest you, than this class is for you!

The Course and Its Goals

Although often considered as an illimitable land of abundance, the temperate forests is bound by biomass benchmarks, site-specific resources, and distinctive microclimates.

In effect, the forest’s biotic cap is determined by place, kind and time: how much of what can live when. This means that a particular timber stand can only support a given number of trees of a given specific for a given period of time before mother nature steps in to reduce the pull of resources in the form of death or static diameter.

Such is the job of the Permaculture Forester. Girded with observation, creativity, and a paint can, he is to walk the complex and intricate line of stewardship to promote, foster, and nurture the optimal growth and abundance of the forest as a whole—its timber, nuts, fruits, wildlife, farmed-life, microscopic life, flora, fauna, and fungi. Fellow Agroforester John Munsell of Virginia Tech said it best, “It is here that forests offer their lesson, providing structural and functional signposts that inform thoughtful and productive use.”

The purpose of this course is to learn how to see, understand, and act on those very natural signposts to foster abundance under the wooded canopy.

The goal of this course is educate the small forest owners, farmers, environmentalists, and foresters on the dendrology (the study and identification of trees), the philosophy (the “why” forests matter), the practical management (the “how” we can partner with the forest), and the economy (impact within the human sector) of a properly managed forest system.
This course provides an intensive overview of tree species, forest management techniques, and value added processing options that help diversify and strengthen your local biome, ecosystem, farm, and overall community.

You will learn how to manage your forest to:

  • Promote and foster its natural abundance and fertility
  • Improve its amenity and pleasure
  • Promote and conserve farmed and wildlife species
  • Reduce its fire hazard
  • Differentiate forest communities and map them
  • Improve its future timber and environmental values
  • Better integrate and manage its timber trees within your farming landscape
  • Harvest its bioenergy, firewood, and lumber
  • Enjoy its supreme pleasure and reap its infinite rewards.
  • Practice additional agroforestry methods of swine, mushrooms, and more!

Practically, you will personally get to:

  • Mark and classify timber stands
  • Measure basal area ecologic health of certain stands
  • Mill lumber on both a band mill and Alaskan mill
  • Build a Hügelkultur mound with lumber wastes

If you have any qeustions, please email Daniel at: