Whether you are already practicing restorative agriculture or you have a desire for constant learning, we hope that this blog ignites your curiosity to create a deeper relationship within the complex network that we humans call nature. Of course, you decide how deep you’d like to go. We think the more that you begin to discover and observe, the more you’ll want to interact within nature and connect with people in your community who are doing so too.

Here are some helpful tips for you as you begin this new way of seeing the landscape.


  • Keep a notepad and pen on hand to write down your daily observations.
  • Tune into all your senses while out and about.
  • Begin to note what you see, smell, hear, touch and taste.
  • Remember to note the date as the senses will change with the change in seasons.
  • Begin to make connections between your biophysical observations and place in time.
  • Have fun with this process!


Perhaps the best place to begin is right outside your home. With a pen and paper in hand, write what plant species are right around you and note any animals that you see too. The animals you see are in that area for a reason and by looking closer at the vegetation, you may begin to understand why. If you do not know what plants you are observing, learn to identify them! Learn their preferred habitats, soil preferences, growth characteristics and reproductive strategies!

Let us know in the comments section what you are observing in the place you call home and where that place is.

By the way, Mark Shepard is 20+ webinars into teaching a session on how to understand and apply forest ecology to your farm or observational experiences. If you are interested to connect deeper with a community of people who are learning and applying the knowledge gained, then  join us at the Ecolonomic Action Team (EAT) Project. EAT is a platform for teaching, coaching, mentoring, and networking where people like yourself can learn from experts in restorative agriculture and health with people who are applying what they are teaching. By joining EAT, you gain access to live, interactive webinars with each presenter as well as the opportunity to join a network of over 3,000 people looking to “make some money while making the planet better.”