Water and Agriculture: Critical Consciousness for Healing the Planet

  • March 8, 2019
    9:30 am - 4:30 pm

ANNOUNCEMENT: We have just received word that John Todd will not be attending in person due to family illness. We have arranged for him to be available virtually during the presentation, both to share knowledge and to interact with the attendees during Q&A. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes, however we have encouraged John’s decision to be home where he is needed. Thank you for your understanding, and we are certain you will experience a high quality event!

Please note: As part of our ongoing collaboration with the Organic Growers School Spring Conference, regular registration for this event will be housed at organicgrowersschool.org, and will open on December 15th.

The availability, quality, and integration of water in food production is an overlooked yet central feature of food systems. Leaders in the work of water interfaces are John Todd and his son Jonathan, who combine cutting edge research with dynamic design to restore waterways all over the world as functional, living components of natural and built environments. In this full day, immersive class, witness them at work as they consider a farm pond as a case study. In the morning portion of the workshop, participants will learn the personality of water features, from chemistry to plant and animal life, and the meaning of their interactions. In the afternoon, the Todds will take years of experience and deep scientific knowledge to develop a design plan that takes advantage of the farm’s pond, while also caring for its well being. Participants will learn the application of methods the Todd’s have used worldwide – from rehabilitating city sewage treatment to creating resiliency on entire islands – living machines, polycultures, restorative riparian and aquatic native plants, beneficial fungi, and animal life. This full day workshop offers a unique opportunity to sit with both the hope and the complexity of the future facing our planet, and walk away with tangible examples for healing ecosystems, either at the farm scale, or much larger.

Sign up here only if you require a scholarship application. Otherwise, please visit organicgrowersschool.org to sign up for this event. Thank you!