FARMER TRAINING AND EDUCATION

Farmers and Ranchers are stepping into the field of regenerative agriculture from their own unique context, and we are committed to finding the appropriate program that best suites each individual. We have partnered with leading educators to offer a diverse selection of online and in-person training programs that support the education of farmers and ranchers in soil building practices. Kiss the Ground has always worked in collaboration with many different groups and thought leaders, and we are always looking to partner with new and existing leaders in the movement.

Join some of the world’s preeminent experts, pioneers, and advocates in today’s regenerative agricultural movement. Through Regen Ag 101, the Soil Health Academy’s world-renowned teaching cadre will show you how to practically and successfully apply soil health-improving principles on your land. SHA teaches ecological principles and biomimicry to help farmers understand and successfully apply nature’s time-proven, regenerative agriculture design today in order to grow healthier soil, food, farms and communities for tomorrow.

Through hands-on training from the world’s leading experts, Soil Health Academy participants learn how to increase profitability, build resiliency into the land, decrease input costs and improve nutrient density of food and agricultural products. No matter where you farm or what you grow, Soil Health Academy will teach you how to improve soil health through practical regenerative agricultural principles.

Take an in person training with a Savory Accredited Hub that meets the training requirements for becoming a Savory Institute Accredited Professional. These trainings, ranging from 8-10 days, are an immersive experience designed for someone who wants to learn the whole of Holistic Management in one session. This unique framework builds your understanding of the whole you are working within and guides you in developing a context appropriate pathway to management for ecological, economic, and community health. There will be a mixture of inside course and individual work time, as well as outdoor, hands-on experience.

Savory’s technology platform has been developed to provide online support and training for farmers and land managers. This platform provides specific tools that enhance your understanding of Holistic Management as well as assisting in the implementation. Savory believes the solution to climate change, drought resilience, food security, and financial viability lies in our approach to management. Holistic Management uses decision-making and planning processes that give people the insights and management tools needed to work with the web of complexity that exists in nature; resulting in better, more informed decisions that balance social, environmental, and financial considerations.

The Regrarians Platform® was created to determine the priority of different elements of agricultural landscape development, their respective permanence and the order in which we design and plan production landscapes and their associated enterprises. The acclaimed REX program follows this 10 layer platform and covers the broad topics that Regrarians® addresses as part of its global strategy through extension, facilitation and advocacy.

The Savanna Institute works with farmers and scientists to lay the groundwork for widespread agroforestry adoption in the Midwest. Inspired by the native savanna ecosystems that once covered much of this region, the Savanna Institute conducts research, education, and outreach to support the growth of diverse, perennial agroecosystems. Their online courses focus on key tree crops and practices, marketing, land access and finances, agroecology and climate change to expand your knowledge of agroforestry.

Regenerative Land Management is a two-year program that will give a Permaculture Diploma recognized by the Permaculture Institute of North America. It consists of both online and in-person learning, plus documented internships or paid work to learn practical skills.  This course is designed to give you the skills, experience and confidence to run a farm, ranch, retreat center or urban farm in ways that heal damaged ecosystems and sequester carbon. Students will participate in online courses, internships and apprenticeships, and, when it’s safe, in-person training. These will deepen your understanding of regenerative systems for food production, forestry, grazing, soil improvement and urban farming. As well, you’ll gain skills in business planning, communication skills, conflict resolution, and community organizing.

The Land and Leadership Initiative provides strategic support and educational opportunities for current and emerging leaders, helping them to see and act on the potential to address society’s major challenges—food, water, climate, conflict, health—by collaborating with nature and each other. Choose from a selection of FREE and paid courses taught by Didi Pershouse and other leading professionals.

This on-demand, online course was designed to help farmers understand the USDA National Organic Standards and use them as a framework for their successful transition to certified organic production of vegetables, grains, livestock, and more.
This course will guide you through the basics of transitioning to certified organic alongside the global leader in organic farming. You’ll benefit from decades of research and experience from Rodale Institute staff, in addition to special guests, partners, and farmers.
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