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Mark Shepard

Mark Shepard

Author, farmer and consultant Mark Shepard is the CEO of Restoration Agriculture Development, Forest Agriculture Enterprises and runs New Forest Farms, a 110-acre perennial agricultural savanna, one of the first of its kind in the United States. He has been designing and installing farm and ranch-scale rainwater management systems since 1995. He is the author of Restoration Agriculture: Real-world Permaculture for Farmers and Water for Any Farm both published by Acres U.S.A., and has been speaking at the Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show for more than a decade.

Learn from Mark online and in person

Not only is Mark Shepard a consistent speaker at Acres U.S.A. events, he’s also on of our Eco-Ag U Online instructors. Check out this sneak peek of his Practical Permaculture course:

Find Mark's Books at the Acres U.S.A. Bookstore

Mark’s books consistently make the bestseller list at the Acres U.S.A. Bookstore.

Restoration Agriculture explains how we can have all of the benefits of natural, perennial ecosystems and create agricultural systems that imitate nature in form and function while still providing for our food, building, fuel and many other needs — in your own backyard, farm or ranch. This book, based on real-world practices, presents an alternative to the agriculture system of eradication and offers exciting hope for our future.

Water for Any Farm – written as a companion to Restoration Agriculture – will help farmers capture water in areas they want to, and avoid having water flow immediately to the low point. The result? Less water expense, healthier crops and livestock, and less erosion … just to name a few. 

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