New dates for the Regenerative Farm Design Workshop!

Regenerative Farm Design Workshop, what is it?

Terracrua Design presents a new formation workshop for 2021, a 5-day intensive course where participants will learn how to use all available tools to plan, implement and maintain their farm idea or project. This of course, in a regenerative approach, within the frameworks of regenerative agriculture, permaculture, keyline design and holistic management.

After years of developing projects for public and private clients, we can say that our field of expertise is the development of mainframe designs for farms of any size and rural projects. Hereby we have a focus on the creation of a web of different elements, designed to fulfill several regenerative and human objectives. More on our services here.

This grid or mainframe design would structure your land, and optimize all the investments you need to do. Whether it is in a short, medium and long term perspective:

What does the Terracrua Design Mainframe entail:

  • A structural vegetation grid that recreates the glade phenomenon, to protect human structures and activities, while creating shelter for biodiversity, on the top of the hills, on the bottom of the valleys, on the perimeter, on access hedges, and on green corridors. This network of vegetation will also become a network of spontaneous flora and fauna. This vegetation mainframe will also maximize the rain and fog capture, and restore the water cycle, recharge aquifers and restoring the water sources.

  • A water network of dams, ponds, swales and forests that allow rain water to infiltrate on the landscape, following the S.S.S. principles, namely slow, spread and sink. Plantation patterns that host productive or forestry species, on a water efficient mainframe, maximize the success of the plantations and hold the rainwater runoffs.

  • A smart network of accesses, both roads and pedestrian tracks, that serve also as a water catchment tool, driving the surface rainwater runoff towards dams and ponds, avoiding the negative effects of erosion and soil loss, thus accumulating water for different purposes.

  • A infrastructure web that defines where from and where to water and energy have to go, protecting the water reserves and the energy supply, and decentralizing water areas for efficiency.

  • A structured grazing system, developed to allow extensive landscape grazing, creating the structural conditions for the fast recovery of pastures.This system is based on the fast but controlled passage of the herds in small parcels, so their impact is better on grasses and soils, fixing more carbon and producing more quality pasture.

  • A "light" intervention plan to structure the open landscape, where a grid embraces the shape of the earth, and gives it cohesion, and glade characteristics. These contour lines serve several functions such as: paddocking facilities, infrastructures, water retention, green corridors for vegetation, as well as access for maintenance.

  • Diversity in productive areas, polyculture and multilayered plantations. All productive zones would be diverse in species and layers, but focused in simple patterns that allow full mechanization for installation, management and cropping routines.

To Whom:

This workshop is intended for property owners in the Alentejo, who are truly interested in investing differently in their farms. Regarding both profit and ecologic restoration, regenerative agriculture aims to increase yields, while giving more space to ecosystems to restore their functions, in quality and quantity.

More info here in the courses page:

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