Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between Permaculture and Syntropic Farming?
Although based on similar values of Earth care, people care and fair share, Permaculture and Syntropic Farming differ quite significantly on their methods of realization. While permaculture is based on generic principles of sustainable design, Syntropic Farming is a specific agricultural system.
Within permaculture, the term ‘food forest’ is perhaps the closest comparison to Syntropic Farming, in which similar principles of pruning, chop-and-drop and the creation of guilds are applied. These concepts are generally proposed within permaculture, whereas, within the context of Syntropic Farming they are applied in a very specific manner.
Syntropic Farming makes specific use of analogous local forest ecosystems in order to determine the successional composition of consortiums, in both time and space. It is also based on continual observation that informs selective pruning. Pruning is carried out not only to recycle biomass into the ground and feed the soil food web, but also as means to break the senescence of the system, encourage succession and consolidate the accumulation of energy (life). Another noticeable difference relates to the understory layer of these systems: permacultural food forests encourage living mulch, while Syntropic Farming makes use of productive crops, which translates into an agricultural system that is both regenerative and financially viable at all scales.
Given the perceived complexity of Syntropic Farming, how can it be taught in a four-day’s course?
Syntropic Farming can indeed be extremely complex if a textbook approach is taken, and that is perhaps one of the reasons why there isn’t any manual for Syntropic Farming. However, in practice, Syntropic Farming is based on four key concepts that are relatively simple to understand and apply:
- Understanding the local forestry system
- Understanding the soil food web
- Building consortiums that are analogues of the local forestry system
- Management, through observation and selectively pruning, with the aim to encourage succession.
The course is therefore built on these four key concepts. Through a bit of theory, a lot of practice and many opportunities for questions and discussions, students are able to understand the basic framework and are ready to apply it into their own environment. Therefore, the course does not provide a recipe, because such recipe does not exist; rather, it teaches students an essential set of skills and shows them what to observe in order to begin managing their own Syntropic Farm.
In addition, our instructors have many years of experience not only running their own successful and profitable Syntropic Farming ventures, but also have experience educating thousands of people in Brazil on their own farms and as part of Agenda Gotsch’s team of educators.
Our courses are designed to ensure that every student is capable and confident to start a Syntropic plot, be it small or large.
Do you offer a payment plan?
Yes, we are happy to offer the following payment plan:
40% - Deposit at time of booking
30% - 30 days prior to course start date
30% - 7 days prior to course start date
Please let us know if you are interested in a payment plan when contacting us