Catalog 2013-2014

Introduction to Restoration Agriculture

  • Semester: Fall
  • Course Number: AS271B
  • Instructors: Brandon Angrisani
  • Credit: 2

Course Description

Restoration Agriculture integrates ecological restoration into perennial-based agroecosystems.  The result is full-diet food production that intentionally and simultaneously restores land health.  In this course, lectures and readings provide context for restoration agriculture by weaving together natural history, ethnoecology, social impacts, economic realities, and applied ecology.  Classroom discussions examine and demystify contemporary agroecological research.  Laboratories focus on site establishment and management of restoration agriculture systems and practices including: keyline design, agroforestry, multi-species grazing, and successional crop rotations.  Field trips offer working examples of production-level agroecological systems.  This course is designed for student exploration of the emerging field of the farmer-researcher and the principles and tools for restoration agriculture management.