Visit Two Farms with One...

Restoration Agriculture Workshop

with Mark Shepard 

October 6-8, 2017 Hotchkiss, Colorado  

Come learn from these one of a kind sites about ways you can drought-proof your land, grow food and be prosperous!

About The Hosts 

Deer Tree Farm & Agroforest is proud to host Mark Shepard for a two-and-a-half day Restoration Agriculture Workshop October 6th-8th, 2017.  

Deer Tree Farm is a new farming project started by AJ and Nicole Carrillo, set on 18 acres in Hotchkiss, Colorado, and is set to transition into a perennial agricultural ecosystem that will benefit the land as well as the local economy and community. Whether you are interested in growing tree crops, annual produce, pasture, livestock, specialty crops or even gourmet mushrooms, Mark Shepard has cutting edge techniques and methods that will benefit your farm as well as your bottom line.  

Come learn from this world-renowned expert about watershed management, perennial polycultures, agroforestry, nursery production and farm business management. Get hands on experience designing a water management system by learning how to use a laser level to mark the master or “key” line from which to install a vital agroforestry system. Whether you dream of farming, or are looking for a way to improve your farm, Mark Shepard and Restoration Agriculture have context-based solutions that can help you and your operation be more successful now and into the future.  

All inspired home-cooked meals are included and will be provided by the talented farm-to-table chef Nicole Carrillo. Attendees are welcome to camp on the land with advance notice. The workshop starts Saturday October 7th and will end October 8th, though those traveling from far away are welcome to come Friday night and stay until Monday morning. Price is $500. Early bird special of $400 if you buy tickets before September 1st. Special discount for members of the Valley Organic Growers Association and the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. Please contact us for more information.  

Also join Jake Takiff of Cedar Springs Farm for a special afternoon tour of his 40 acre Restoration Agriculture system, just five minutes up the road from Deer Tree Farm. Complete with herds of cattle, yaks, pigs and flocks of chickens, come see what this newly installed polyculture system looks like as Mark Shepard bestows valuable advice and wisdom on the next steps and future improvements for this exciting project. Delicious farm fresh BBQ and fun to follow! Price $40.  

With the help of Restoration Agriculture Development and Mr. Mark Shepard, Deer Tree Farm and Cedar Springs Farm look forward to serving our community and region to develop an agriculture that is both ecologically sound and economically profitable. We look forward to working with you all!  

Sincerely, AJ & Nicole Carrillo Deer Tree Farm & Agroforest Hotchkiss, CO

 Why a Restoration Agiculture Workshop?

Agriculture is only sustainable if it is economically viable and can nourish us. By mimicking nature, we can produce a system that creates no pollution, generates a profit, and provides nutrition more akin to what our hunter-gatherer ancestors enjoyed with respect to their biome. 

 Mark Shepard, author of Restoration Agriculture, has been walking this walk for more than 20 years. We are excited to have him teach here at Deer Tree Farm!

Enjoy over two full days of hands-on learning at these exceptional farms!

Special Bonus


What You Will Learn

This Restoration Agriculture Workshop is designed to give the perfect blend of education and experience:

Restoration Ecology 

Principles gleaned from interacting with natural systems and inspiration on how to design a system for you and your land. 

Topics include

  • Local ecological overview
  • Selection of Perennial Woody Crops
  • Ecology in Business development
  • Transitioning from monoculture to polyculture 

Read the Landcape

Identify and practice those principles with observaion and with measuring equipment.

Topics include

  • Locating the Master line  
  • Using a site level
  • Crop spacing and placement
  • Multi-species grazing & Paddock layout 


Tools and strategies for implemting Restoration Agriculture designs including equipment demos and surveying tools.

Topics include

  • Equipment options and operation
  • Witnessing the construction of earthworks such as swales, pocket ponds and drives-throughs that are compatible with USDA guidelines


Here is a video of highights of Mark Shepard at Mountain Sky Ranch, owned and operated by Dr. Wayne Dorband and his wife, Deb. This is merely a glimpse of what you will get at the Workshop at Deer Tree Farm.

 Workshop Schedule

Below is the tentative outline for the workshop. Activities are ultimately weather-dependent and are subject to adjustment. Please come prepared for ample learning and for hands-on activites in the field! 

Supplies to consider bringing along includes but is not limited to notebooks, writing utensils, cameras, sun protection, wind protection, rain gear, long pants, and comfortable close-toed shoes. It is also wise to carry your own supply of fresh water and a snack to keep you nourished during any prolonged periods of field activities.


Continental Breakfast (provided)

Morning: Classroom

Lunch (provided)

Afternoon: Outdoor learning

Farm to Table Dinner (provided)


Continental Breakfast (provided)

Morning: Classroom

Lunch (provided)

Afternoon: Outdoor learning

Directions to Deer Tree Farm 

From the map provide, you can generate your directions to get to us. 

See you here soon!

About the Instructor

Mark Shepard

Mark Shepard is the CEO of Forest Agriculture Enterprises LLC and founder of Restoration Agriculture Development Inc. He runs New Forest Farm, the 106-acre perennial agricultural savanna considered by many to be one of the most ambitious sustainable agriculture projects in the United States.

New Forest Farm is a planned conversion of a typical row-crops grain farm into a commercial-scale, perennial agricultural ecosystem using oak savanna, successional brushland and eastern woodlands as the ecological models.

Trees, shrubs, vines, canes, perennial plants and fungi are planted in association with one another to produce food (for humans and animals), fuel, medicines, and beauty. Hazelnuts, chestnuts, walnuts and various fruits are the primary woody crops. The farm is entirely solar and wind powered. 

Trained in both mechanical engineering and ecology, Mark has developed and patented equipment and processes for the cultivation, harvesting and processing of forest derived agricultural products for human foods and bio fuels production. Mark was certified as a Permaculture designer in 1993 and received his Diploma of Permaculture Design from Bill Mollison, the founder of the international Permaculture movement.

Friday Farm Tour & Dinner Reservation

Enjoy a tour of the neighbors at Cedar Springs Farm who recently installed their own system inspired by RAD. Then wind-down with a local farm-to-table dinner with Mark Shepard, fellow attendees and the host famlies: $40 per person 

RAD Workshop Price

Early Bird (before 9/1): $400


Great information,

thank you Mark for the extra insights in soil building. The initial water management information was exactly what I needed to see for my land. 

- Bryant Redhawk

A powerful lesson... reading the landscape. People usually say observe the site for a full year, Mark on the other side can teach us how to observe 300 years of history in one minute. 

- William Horvath

Very informative...

...and eye opening about the way to properly plan for rainfall distribution. Very timely for our farm as we are in the planning stages for establishing a woody polyculture agroforestry system. Thanks.

- Benjamin Michael

Come Join Us

Deer Tree Farm & Cedar Springs Farm 

October 6-8, 2017 in Hotchkiss, Colorado

Restoration Agriculture Workshop

with Mark Shepard