Regenerative Land Management Training Program
Create a meaningful livelihood restoring land and revitalizing community.
Our new long-term program 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.
We are beyond the tipping point for climate change, and to prevent global catastrophe we need to both stop emitting carbon and pull it out of the atmosphere. The best way to do that is by regenerating living systems, using trees and plants to change that carbon into wood and food and humus—soil organic carbon.
Farmers are the new earth healers!
Half the farmland in North America is due to change hands in the next two decades as farmers age out.
It’s vital that we get that land into the hands of those who know how manage it in ways that contribute to global healing.
We need trained people—and you need to be able to make a thriving living for yourselves and your families.
We’ve designed the program to be as accessible and affordable as possible, but it is a time commitment that will take approximately two years.
If you already have extensive experience, you can document it and the program can be done more quickly.
How it works
PDC Prerequisite**: The pre-requisite is a Permaculture Design Certificate. This is a 72 hour course offered by groups world-wide that introduces students to the full range of sustainability systems, and is the entry to the permaculture world. Earth Activist Training offers regular PDC courses, and we will also recognize certificates from other reputable teachers.
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6 Month RLM Online Live Course
You’ll do two 6 month online cohorts, one to kick off your first year and one the following year. 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.
A comprehensive curriculum
Earth Activist Training has prepared a curriculum designed to introduce you to the broad range of tools and techniques available for regenerating land an help you gain the experience that will help you realize your goals.
A Personal Mentor
You’ll have a personal mentor who will meet with you each month in person or by phone or online, and will be available in between by email. They’ll help you keep moving through the curriculum, set goals for yourself, plan your internships and document your learning.
A rotation of internships
Like medical school, where you rotate through the specialties, you’ll do at least three short internships in a variety of situations to gain a wild field of experience and sharpen your hands-on skills.
Year 2 Restoration Intensive
In year two, you’ll go deeper into the techniques of Regenerative Land Management and the practical skills of running a farm or business during your second 6 month intensive. As of now this training will be held online*.
A longer-term apprenticeship
In year two, you’ll be encouraged to do a longer apprenticeship in an area that fits with your long-term goals.
Short courses and online resources
Earth Activist Training will offer additional short courses and keep you informed of the many learning opportunities that exist in the world of regenerative agriculture.
At least a one-month internship
In a different country, language, or culture, ideally somewhere in the developing world, to help broaden your perspective, learn from the inspiring work being done all over the world, and build ongoing networks of friendship and collaboration.
Documenting your previous learning
Do you already know many of the skills in the curriculum? Do you already have experience farming, gardening, seed-saving, teaching—any or all of it? Your mentor will help you document what you have already done, and you can move through the program more quickly!
A network of placements
Are you interested in applying to be a Mentor for the RLMT program?
Who is this for?
This program is for you if:
- You have a great desire to live a meaningful life regenerating land and community.
- You want to gain the skills and experience to make a success of a farm, ranch, urban farm or retreat space.
- You like working outdoors, you like to ground ideas and philosophies in action, and you are a doer.
- You are a young person starting out and want a fulfilling life path.
- You are retiring or changing careers in mid-life and want a new direction.
- You are shifting careers and long for more immersion in nature.
- You want to work in urban communities providing good-quality food, nature connection and revitalization.
- You have land and want to manage it regeneratively.
- You want to extend and deepen your knowledge and skills at carbon farming.
- You want to make a positive impact on climate change.
Our Regenerative Land Management Program Course begins February 24th 2021!
We have moved our course online to adapt to the current health & safety situation.
register to join us in 2021!
Earth Activist Training is committed to making our programs accessible and affordable. We fundraise extensively to provide scholarships and work trade, and we can help you with ideas for crowd-funding and earning-as-you-go.
The cost for all of our combined Diploma elements, Year 1 cost in full is $2500-2700 investment. An annual payment plan is available. Each 6 month intensive is a stand alone cost of sliding scale $1150-$1350. There will be deposit and payment plan options available as well as Diversity Scholarships and limited work trade.
The cost for monthly mentoring is still being configured at this time now that we have moved online.
Internships and Apprenticeships
Costs will vary, site by site. You will make your own arrangements. Some will ask you to pay, others will be on a work-trade basis. We are working on the best ways to engage remotely or possibly safely in person. Flexibility is an asset. We are working on this aspect all things considered.
Year 1 Diploma includes all necessary costs for the components needed to graduate. However there may be features additional costs you may wish to plan for including participating in paid internships (there are free ones available) or travel to/ from a mentorship. Earth Activist Training is not responsible for these individual expenses.
We offer Diversity Scholarships
Earth Activist Training is actively seeking host sites for Internships and Apprenticeships for our students.
Are you interested in offering an Internship or Apprenticeship for the RLMT program?
The Two-Year Curriculum
Here’s the list of subjects you will learn or document over the two-year course, through intensives, courses, readings, internships, apprenticeships, and documenting prior learning:
Basic Eco literacy and Systems Thinking
- Theory: Understanding basic ecology, principles and concepts.
- Practice: Introduction to research techniques and protocols, measuring carbon, setting up trials and documentation.
Soil and Carbon
- Theory: Soil structure, chemistry, and soil biology, basic microbiology and mycology as they relate to soil.
- Practical: Taking soil samples, reading and understanding soil test results, compost, compost teas, microscope practice, actively aerated compost tea, sheet mulch, mushroom cultivation, bioremediation and mycoremediation practice, cover crops, no-till, biochar.
Water Harvesting and Water Cycles
- Theory: Water and climate change, water harvesting strategies, key line systems, erosion control and waterway restoration.
- Practice: Building water-harvesting structures on the landscape, by hand and with heavy equipment, use of the keyline plow, stream and landscape restoration, building roof catchment systems.
Plants and Food-Growing
- Basic botany
- No-till systems and regenerative production of annuals
Forest Conservation and Management
- Theory: Basic forest ecology, theory of forest regeneration, best management practices, reading forest management plans, sustainable logging techniques, social forestry, measurement, forest extraction, roads, paths, etc. Working with public agencies. Community forests.
- Practice: Forest assessment, sustainable harvesting, chain saw training, tree felling, limbing and pruning, path building, value-added forest products.
Range Management and Grazing
- Theory: Grasslands management and holistic management grazing as climate change strategies, evolutionary biology of grasslands and grazers, animal care and management, planned grazing, animal health and well-being, pasture management.
- Practice: Pasture planning, shepherding and herding practice, fence-building.
Agroforestry and Perennial Systems
- Theory: Planning and designing food forests and perennial systems. Perennial plants and polycultures. Food forests and forest gardens—temperate and tropical. Herbs and medicinal plants, nursery methods.
- Practice: Propagating, pruning, grafting, tree planting, horticulture practice.
Farm and Ranch-Scale Energy Systems: Solar, wind, micro-hydro, methane digestors, and other forms of off-grid power.
- Planning and sequencing, tools, materials planning, managing workers and volunteers.
- Financial and Business Planning.
- Product planning, budgeting, bookkeeping, accounting, grants and subsidies, monetizing products, marketing, advertising, socially responsible business practices, savings and investment planning.
- Self-care and personal sustainability.
- Communication skills, conflict resolution skills and practice, structures and decision-making for healthy groups, facilitation skills and practice.
- Oppression and Transformation: Understanding the systemic oppressions of racism, sexism, class, gender, age, disability, etc. and how to design systems and best practices
- Trauma and Healing: Recognizing trauma and its affects and supporting the healing process.
How to adapt to diverse communities, how to spread skills and tools to the larger community.
Practical Homesteading Skills
Basic carpentry, plumbing and mechanics, and other building and maintenance skills. Fencing and use of electric fences. Care and maintenance of tools and machinery.
Earth Activists Online
We are excited to be moving our RLM Program ONLINE! This is a growing and expanding process but we are getting there. The course’s live sessions will be hosted on Zoom as meetings and the entire course will be held within our new online platform Earth Activsts Online. It will feature a community activity feed, chat options, messaging and many ways to connect privately with your fellow course participants.
Our teachers & staff, just as though we were on site, will be coming together virtually to create and cast a circle of safety and wellness as best as possible to thrive together. While we all wish we could be gathered together in person, remote learning provides greater access to a global alliance of students which is exciting to see! We appreciate your contribution to our expanding online community!
Traditionally our course hosts healthy, organic, delicious catering during our in-person intensive with variations to accommodate a range of dietary needs and sensitivities. With nurturing the health of our students in mind, we are looking into ways to bring this Culinary Magic in to enrich this missing aspect as we study digitally.
Curriculum for Intensive 1
(This is a SAMPLE of our *IN PERSON* scheduling.
We are still finalizing our online format and will update this space soon. Stay tuned!)
Each day will begin with an opening ceremony and time for personal regeneration. Morning sessions often focus on information sharing, lectures and interactive learning.
Afternoons generally involve hands-on practice related to the morning’s learning.
Evenings are for practicing social permaculture skills, communication, conflict resolution or for slide-shows, conversation and fun!
Arrive, introduction to the group and the course.
Overview of Regenerative Land Management. Gathering data and documenting change.
Personal intention and goals. Individual program design.
Soil ecology—deeper into compost, compost teas, microscope practice. Hands-on soil building. Introduction to social permaculture.
Water and carbon cycles. Erosion control hands-on project. Communication skills practice.
Forest ecology. Taking inventory and analysis. Hands-on forest management, thinning, pruning, shaded fuel breaks, and creating resilience in the face of wildfire. Community disaster response.
Planning perennial systems—food forests and grazing systems.
Hands-on—propagating and grafting, seed starting. Processes for community dialogue.
Managing waste for carbon sequestration. Biochar, compost, worm bins, etc. Conflict resolution and mediation practice.
Mapping and GPS systems—theory and practice. Site analysis. Community rituals and celebrations.
Designing your personal curriculum and plan. Meet your mentor. Self-assessment and community assessment tools. Celebration and talent show!
Sharing goals, resources, networking, and closing ceremony.
Projected Curriculum for Intensive 2
- Financial planning
- Business practices and tools
- Review of internships and reports
- Land management plans
- Holistic management goal setting
- Grants and funding
- Integrative systems—silva-pasture, no-till, farming techniques
- Engaging annual systems and perennial systems
- Case studies
ARE YOU READY TO JOIN US?
A $500.00 deposit is due with registration in order to secure your space. We accept payment by check, money order, or credit/debit/Paypal.
Checks and money orders should be made payable to Earth Activist Training. Please contact us for special intructions.
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