Working in partnership with farmers, institutions, and investors, Restoration Agriculture Development (RAD) creates real rural economic and community development to improve livelihoods, restore ecosystem services, and produce an abundance of food for humankind.
RAD is a full-service environmental consulting, research, and development firm committed to developing agricultural ecosystems that provide nutritious food for humankind while enhancing the life-supporting ecosystem services of planet Earth. Our founders, Mark Shepard and Dr. Wayne Dorband, have over 30 years of experience in environmental consulting, production agriculture, and real estate development. Together, RAD has worked on 100+ projects in multiple climates across 4 continents. Through active ecosystem management, RAD combines ecological restoration with agricultural development to improve your landscape.
Healthy Landscapes, Healthy People
Our purpose is to be a catalyst in restoring the world’s degraded landscapes into healthy, functional agricultural ecosystems as the context for the health and well-being of the populace, economically viable farm operations and empowered livelihoods.
It is our responsibility to create the rich, lush, living planet that our children and grandchildren will inhabit.
Rather than perpetuating the separation of nature and humans, RAD is breaking down the dichotomy of ecological restoration and production agriculture as we support farmers to become ecosystem managers; the ecological and agricultural backbone of the dawning restoration economy.
Restore and Thrive
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Restoration Agriculture imitates the structure and function of the specific ecosystem’s natural plant communities while utilizing the appropriate agroforestry and water management techniques to produce an agricultural yield and restore ecosystem services.
Perennial crops, livestock, fungus, and pollinators are integrated to produce abundant food, fiber, and fuel and simultaneously restore critical ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, water purification and infiltration, nutrient cycling, and biodiversity.
“Agroforestry is a unique land management approach that intentionally blends agriculture and forestry to enhance productivity, profitability and environmental stewardship. Agroforestry can be a key tool for farmers, ranchers, woodland owners, communities and others who want to use sustainable strategies that enhance agricultural practices and protect natural resources” – USDA Agroforestry Strategic Framework
Site Assessment & Planning
Comprehensive Water Management
Appropriate Agroforestry Techniques
Construction & Installation
"Restoration Agriculture: Real-World Permaculture for Farmers"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. Get your copy now!
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The RAD team is leveraged by a global ecosystem of professional consultants, researchers, and advisors.
Design & Development
Business Development & Design
Operations & Strategy
Advisor, Executive Director, Stewardship Network
Advisor, Senior Fellow, World Agroforestry Center
Advisor, Senior Science Policy Advisor, World Agroforestry Center
Building the future of farming
Introduction and advanced training opportunities in Restoration Agriculture design. Courses available on one of our network farms or yours. We are growing the next generation of RAD pioneers.
Cornwall, Ontario, Canada: February 25 & 26, 2017
Keynote & Water Management Workshop
Water Management Installation
Stephentown, New York: April 28-30, 2017
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White Oak Pastures Workshop
Bluffton, Georgia: May 19-21, 2017
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Ecolonomic Action Team (EAT)
EAT is a new paradigm in coaching, mentoring, teaching and networking that is designed to provide you with an opportunity to learn from practicing professionals and to create meaningful relationships that assist your abilities to apply what you’re learning. There is no pitching or selling. Just teaching and coaching with the opportunity to ask questions, to engage, and to interact with both the teachers and the members.
By becoming a member of EAT, you gain access to join the live teaching sessions, watch the recorded webinars, attend the EAT events for free, connect with other members for personal or working relationships, and more. There are two memberships: (1) Free Members and (2) Elite Members. The Free group is…free, and with the Elite Membership you gain access to more content and opportunities.
If you have a topic that you you’d like to teach about, you can become a coach yourself!
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