Understanding and Working with Living Soils


November 17, 2020 - February 23, 2021
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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This handbook is designed to help you build a micro food forest tied to your community. It is the culmination of a program put together by the Cowichan Green Community to design a community food forest on a steep, underutilized space around their urban building.

This publication was produced by Cowichan Green Community.

50% of the proceeds from the sale of this publication goes directly back to Cowichan Green Community's efforts.

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November 17, 2020 - February 23, 2021
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Workshop introduction

This 12-week workshop series will provide you with the knowledge and practical skills to adapt and transition towards regenerative practices conducive to soil life.

Each week, you will cultivate a new understanding of how your land management practices impact your soil's production capacity.
Throughout the series, we will support you in developing a platform to help you make better decisions on restoring and nurturing the living soil community using ecological-based principles.
Workshop sessions will be held via video conference software on Tuesdays from 6:30 pm to 8 pm PST (UTC -8)  for lecture/presentation followed by 30 minutes (until 8:30 pm) for Q and A.  There will be a three-week break for the holidays.

Additional value available for 3 participants

We will be working with three participants during the course as examples of how to assess, diagnose and implement Regenerative Agriculture concepts and practices. These three participants will work with Jo and Javan to assess and use their site as an example during the course.

Interested participants will be contacted by Jo or Javan if they are eligible.

The participants who work with Jo and Javan will be provided with the following additional value:

One soil and one compost biological analysis, including report interpretation and recommendation from the landscape you are currently managing. **
Regenerative land-design Analysis and Simple Consultation.
** NOTE: At this point, soil and compost samples can only be accepted from within Canada.


Who this workshop is for

  • Commercial farmers (small-medium scale production);
  • Ranchers;
  • Park board commissioners (members of a municipality in charge of managing city parks);
  • Municipal Employees or Consultants in charge of land management (could include park board commissioners, road works, engineers, landscape architects, technicians and others);
  • Greenhouse operators;
  • Cannabis producers;
  • Backyard gardeners;
  • Individuals with a general interest in soil ecology, regenerative agriculture, permaculture and agroecology.


Workshop educators

Javan Kerby Bernakevitch, Regenerative Land Designer and Educator

All Points Land Design


Jo Tobias, Regenerative Soils Consultant and Soil FoodWeb Advisor

RootShoot Soils


Workshop curriculum

1.5 - 2hr Video Conference Session - Tuesdays Presentation - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  Q&A - 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm PST (UTC -8)

Week 1 - November 17th, 2020 - Introduction to Regenerative Agriculture
Week 2 - November 24th, 2020 - Making Holistic Decisions
Week 3 - December 1st, 2020 - Introducing Living Soils and the Rhizosphere
Discovering the Rhizosphere - an intimate relationship between roots and soil
Week 4 - December 8th, 2020 - The Rhizosphere Microbiome; Theory & Practical - Under the Microscope
Week 5 - January 5th, 2021 - Introduction to The Keyline Plan for Full Farm/Garden Design
Week 6 - January 12th, 2021 - Ecological Processes in the Soil - Decomposition & Nutrient Cycling
Week 7 - January 19th, 2021 - Practical Visual Soil Assay
Week 8 - January 26th, 2021 - Creating Viable Biological Amendments - Compost
Week 9 - February 2nd, 2021 - Creating Viable Biological Amendments - Compost Tea & Compost Extract
Week 10 - February 9th, 2021 - Application of Biological Amendments
Week 11 - February 16th, 2021 - Managing Soil Health
Week 12 - February 23rd, 2021 - Regenerative Agriculture and Living Soils Next Steps


Cancellation and Refund Policy

This is a non-refundable event.

If you cannot attend the workshop before it begins, you are permitted to find another participant to take your seat and manage the value exchange. Please send an email to jo@rootshootdesign.com to inform us of this exchange.

If you are dissatisfied with the workshop after attending all sessions and feel you didnt receive what was laid out in the workshop description please contact us.


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