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Date(s) - Oct/Thu/2014 - Oct/Mon/2014


Spiral Ridge Permaculture


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Agro-Ecosystems: A Permaculture Practicum

Agro-Ecosystems: A Permaculture Practicum

Earthworks – Soil Fertility – Agroforestry – Animals – Small Scale Nursery Production

October 9-13, 2014

Join us this fall for our Permaculture Practitioner Training Series.  Permaculture Practitioner Training is a conscious effort to provide on-the-ground training in regenerative land management and cultural repair.

The first training in this series is, Agro-Ecosystems: Hands-on work in: Earthworks, On Farm Soil Fertility, Agroforestry, Animals and Small Scale Permaculture Plant Nurseries.

In this training, you will develop your skills and gain hands-on experience as you build a small scale regenerative farming system.  You will help to establish a coppice agroforestry system that is passively irrigated by rain water, fertilized by animal grazing and planted with tree crops.  This system is designed to supply the homestead with fuelwood, animal fodder, food, craft material, and more.  You will be directly involved in the hands-on implementation of this system.

Workshop begins Thursday, October 9, 2014, in the afternoon and ends early evening, Monday, October 13.

Includes a live webinar session with Dave Jacke, author of the two volume set, Edible Forest Gardens and the soon-to-be-released Coppice Agroforestry.  


Skills:  Design, Surveying, Planning, Construction, Maintenance, Planting

Elements: Swales, Ponds, Equipment

Earthworks at Spiral Ridge Permaculture

Soil Fertility

Skills: Hands on Soil Fertility, Compost Building, Remineralization, Testing

Elements: Soil Food Web, Remineralization, Bio-fertilizers, Plant Fertilizers

Building Soil at Spiral Ridge Permaculture


Skills: Design, Coppice, Food Forestry, Silvopasture, Alley Cropping, Hedgerows/Shelter

Elements: Trees, Shrubs, Animals

Agroforestry at Spiral Ridge

Small Scale Permaculture Nursery

Skills: Design, Sourcing, Species Selection, Propagation

Elements: Pots, Bare Root, Cold Frames, Greenhouse, Potting Mixes, Fertilizers

Starting a nursery at Spiral Ridge Permaculture


Skills: Species, Breeds, Management, Care

Elements: Pigs, Chickens, Goats, Wildlife, Worms, Rabbits

Permaculture animals at Spiral Ridge Permaculture


IMG_2941This course is taught by Cliff Davis & Jennifer Albanese, owners of Spiral Ridge Permaculture & New Agrarian Design, with guest instructors, including a live webinar with Dave Jacke, author of the epic two-volume set, Edible Forest Gardensand the soon to be released, Coppice Agroforestry.

Cliff Davis co-created Spiral Ridge Permaculture, LLC out of his passion to address cultural and ecological issues that demand real and lasting solutions.  His experience in the fields of permaculture, food forestry, organics, appropriate technology, natural building, and regenerative agriculture allow him to offer an integrative approach to land and culture repair.  Cliff has practiced and taught in temperate, tropical, sub-tropical, and dry land climates.  He empowers others to take a hands-on approach to design in his regular and advanced course offerings. His humor, straight-forward style and determination to make positive change, make him an engaging instructor, consultant and designer.  He  homesteads in middle TN with his family, researching applications that really work. For a detailed look at his work, training, and teaching experience, check out his resume.   Dave Jacke at Spiral Ridge Permaculture

Jennifer Albanese – Jennifer has been an organic gardening student and practitioner for over 14 years.  She has a special interest in soil regeneration and re-mineralization to create ecosystem health and nutrient dense food.  She has a passion for local in-season and nose-to-tail cooking, ferments and traditional foods.  She is the co-owner of Spiral Ridge Permaculture business and homestead.  She home schools her three children in addition to working as a permaculture teacher and grant writer for The Farm School in Tennessee.

Logistics for Course

This course venue is Spiral Ridge Permaculture Homestead in Summertown, TN.  Free camping on site is included in the price of the course.  Rustic facilities for bathroom/shower, as well as a fire pit, are also available.

If camping is not suitable, we have an arrangement with our neighbors, just 10-minutes by bicycle, at The Farm EcoHostel.  They provide a full range of accommodations including dormitories, private rooms with shared bath, and private cabins.    They have free, fast unlimited broadband and plenty of solar electricity for charging your devices.  They even have bikes available to rent.  Spiral Ridge course participants get a 15% discount! For reservations, please contact them directly: inn at thefarm dot org or 931-964-4474. Credit, debit and Paypal accepted.  Their website is

If neither of these options work for you, please contact us for more information.

Food – We believe you should be well nourished during your stay so that you may fully participate.  For that reason, when you sign up for our course, we will provide three nutrient-dense and delicious, omnivorous meals a day, for free.  As much as possible, the food is sourced locally and is organic.  We include meats and vegetables from our (Spiral Ridge) homestead, probiotic rich fermented foods and we only use butter, olive oil, coconut oil or animal fats in our food.  No over processed, GMO laden junk.  We aim to embody the principles we teach about on every level.  Vegetarian?  Gluten Free?  No problem!  Let us know ahead of time and we will do our best to accommodate you.  If you have a very restrictive diet, you may need to bring some of your own food.

Tennessee in the fall is cool-cold and can be rainy.  Please consider housing if you are uncomfortable camping in this environment.  Please come prepared for rain (rain boots, raincoat).   There is a store on The Farm that carries many snacks and natural foods.   You must bring your own towels and soaps (biodegradable, if camping).  It is advisable to also bring a flashlight.  Wifi will sometimes be available at our homestead, but is limited.  If you need to get online, The Farm Store has wifi.  Cell phone reception is good.  We are, however, living off-grid, with a small solar system.  If the days are cloudy, there will be limited access to electricity for charging phones/computers, etc.

Tuition – $497 **ask about group discounts for 4 or more people**.

Refund/Cancellation Policy

Please click the link to read about our cancellation policy.


*Register early, space is limited.*  

Check or Money Order

1. Send us the following information via email or include with your payment;  Name, address, phone number, email and how you found out about the course.

2. Send full course amount to:  Spiral Ridge Permaculture  444 Walker Road, Summertown, Tennessee 38483.

3. Wait for confirmation of payment.  If you do not receive confirmation, please notify us to make sure we received payment.


1. Fill out online registration form

2. Pay in full via Paypal.

3. Wait for confirmation.




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