Peter Allen is working closely with Mark Shepard, author of Restoration Agriculture, to manage a Permaculture Savanna using livestock.
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About Peter, Savanna Gardens, Mastodon Valley Farm and Multi-Species Grazing in a Permaculture System:
About Savanna Gardens:
Savannas are grasslands with scattered trees and shrubs that often support herds of grazing animals. They are they most diverse and productive ecosystems on the planet, and where we humans are most at home.
Gardens are places where humans interact with plants, insects, animals, fungus, soil, sunshine, and water to bring about a flowering of life in a place.
Savanna Gardens LLC provides education and consulting services to help people design, establish, and manage perennial savanna agro-ecosystems throughout the Midwestern Savanna Bioregion.
Savanna Gardens LLC is a collaborative farming enterprise started by Peter Allen and Maureen Carlson. We work primarily at New Forest Farm, a 100-acre, certified organic, perennial farm modeled on the Midwestern oak savanna in Southwestern Wisconsin’s Driftless region. This farm was started by Mark Shepard and his family in 1995 and has since developed into a mature food-producing ecosystem full of chestnuts, walnuts, hickory, hazelnuts, apples, pears, cherries, raspberries, currants, grapes, gooseberries, elderberries, and other vegetables, fruits, and nuts.
We manage herds of pastured cattle, pigs, sheep, chickens, and turkeys in integrated rotations through the orchards of fruit and nut trees around the farm. Our livestock are our friends and allies in the restoration of the farm ecosystem. Appropriately managed, they help build soil, sequester carbon, and enhance wildlife habitat and plant diversity. We love our animals. We spend time with them and get to know their personalities. They provide us nourishing and sustaining food. It’s what we eat. We think it’s the best meat on the planet, and we like to share. We also grow vegetables, tend fruit and nut trees, teach courses and workshops on restoration agriculture and ecological design, and provide consulting, design, and implementation services. If you’d like to follow and support our efforts, sign up for our email list below, and consider joining our club.