Coppice Agroforestry with Mark Krawczyk


January 16, 2023 - March 6, 2023
All Day

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Learn how to design, establish and maintain a coppice agroforestry system for your own landscape and explore how to turn products into diverse wood-based enterprises.

Why Coppice Agroforestry?

Coppicing is a "cut and come again" type of forestry. It’s a way of managing trees and shrubs by cutting them down, allowing them to regrow, and then harvesting the maturing sprouts for a diverse range of value added products. It’s a practice that’s deeply embedded in human history around the world, but it’s virtually unknown in temperate North America.

Leveraging the remarkable fact that most trees don't die when you cut them, they resprout, participants in this course have the opportunity to learn how to apply coppice agroforestry to their special area of interest. The “Polewood Economy” recognizes the value and utility of small diameter wood products, used in the round, for many applications including - fuelwood, craft and building materials, propagation stock, chop and drop farm fertility, livestock fodder, production opportunities on marginal land, and much more.

Uniquely tailored to temperate North America (but applicable to landscapes spanning the globe), we know of no other English-language course that covers the history, biology, ecology, economy, design and management of these sprout-based practices so extensively.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for homesteaders, foresters, homeowners, gardeners, farmers, land managers, land designers and property owners. As well as those that are:

- overwhelmed with information, know a bit about coppice agroforestry but aren't sure where to start;

- foresters who have a holistic view of their work and want to learn more about this management approach;
- agricultural/silvicultural consultants;
- horticulturalists and arborists;
- craftspeople, wood workers, metal workers;
- working with marginal land and seeking unique and diverse perennial production opportunities;
- folks looking to enrich and deepen their relationship with woody plants;
- managing livestock and are striving to improve animal performance and provide alternative fodder sources, and
- looking for opportunities to develop diversified cottage industries.
NOTE - No previous knowledge of coppice agroforestry is required to attend this workshop.


Mondays at 4pm PT, 5pm MT, 6pm CT, 7pm ET

60-90 Minutes of Presentation
30 Minutes of Q&A

Class 1 - January 16 - Overview & Cultural History
Class 2 - January 23 - Anatomy & Physiology of Woody Plants
Class 3 - January 30 - Re-sprout Silviculture Systems
Class 4 - February 6 - Products & the Polewood Economy
Class 5 - February 13 - System Design
Class 6 - February 20 - Establishment
Class 7 - February 27 - Maintenance
Class 8 - March 6 - Individual Design Presentations, Questions & Next Steps
To get on the pre-launch list and be notified when the course is open for registration (and a one time special price to access the course) click here.