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Cal Poly to host presentation on restoration agriculture

Cal Poly’s Center for Sustainability will host a Nov. 2 presentation on restoration agriculture that will focus on topics such as agroforestry and water management for resilience in times of flood and drought.

Mark Shepard, owner of New Forest Farm in Wisconsin, will speak from 7 to 9 p.m. at the San Luis Obispo Grange at 2880 Broad St.

His New Forest Farm was converted from a row crops and grain farm into a 106-acre, commercial-scale, perennial agriculture ecosystem, which involves plants that live more than two years.

Shepard also will discuss permaculture (using features of natural ecosystems) and keyline design (technique for maximizing water resources).

The lecture is open to the public; a $5 donation is requested. Before the talk, a three-day workshop will be led by Shepard at Orella Ranch in Santa Barbara County from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1. For information, email info@orellaranch.com.

For information on the Nov. 2 lecture, go to www.cfs.calpoly.edu/sustainable_ag_lecture_series.html.

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