The concept of Syntropic Agriculture was devised by the Swiss/Brazilian researcher and botanist Ernst Gotsch from what is broadly known in Brazil as successional agroforestry. Syntropic Agriculture aims to produce food, timber and fibre through a process based agriculture with minimal external inputs and without chemical fertilisers and pesticides. The aim is to build resources such as water, topsoil and biodiversity as we produce our food. Syntropic Agriculture has been proving to be financially viable and effective in many climates and biomes.
Participants will learn:
The history and principles of successional agroforestry,
How to implement and manage those systems,
How to choose where to implement these systems in their properties,
How to harmonise these systems with nature's patterns (sun, winds, topography, local flora, etc.),
How to choose appropriate plant consortiums to each stage and soil condition of the system,
How to choose and plan the production of value adding produce.
Facilitators: Gabriel Menezes is an agroecological farmer in Campo Largo, South of Brazil. Gabriel has successfully integrated Permaculture Design principles and techniques as well as agroecological ones to his agroforestry-based farm. Since 2007 Gabriel has been working as a consultant in the planning and implementation of successional agroforestry systems (aka Syntropic Agriculture). As one of the co-founders of Simbiose Agroflorestal (https://simbiose.agr.br/somos-nos/).
Eurico Vianna, PhD, is an author, social activist, environmentalist and martial-artist driven to create a better world through everything he does.www.holosdesign.com.au