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Coppice Agroforestry - Tending Trees for Product, Profit & Woodland Ecology Self Paced

Learn how to design, establish and maintain a coppice agroforestry system for your own landscape and explore how to turn products into diverse wood-based enterprises.
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Why Coppice Agroforestry?

Coppicing is a "cut and come again" type of forestry. It’s a way of managing trees and shrubs by cutting them down, allowing them to regrow, and then harvesting the maturing sprouts for a diverse range of value added products. It’s a practice that’s deeply embedded in human history around the world, but it’s virtually unknown in temperate North America. 

Leveraging the remarkable fact that most trees don't die when you cut them, they resprout, participants in this course have the opportunity to learn how to apply coppice agroforestry to their special area of interest. The “Polewood Economy” recognizes the value and utility of small diameter wood products, used in the round, for many applications including - fuelwood, craft and building materials, propagation stock, chop and drop farm fertility, livestock fodder, production opportunities on marginal land, and much more.

Uniquely tailored to temperate North America (but applicable to landscapes spanning the globe), we know of no other English-language course that covers the history, biology, ecology, economy, design and management of these sprout-based practices so extensively.
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Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for homesteaders, foresters, homeowners, gardeners, farmers, land managers, land designers and property owners. As well as those that are:

- overwhelmed with information, know a bit about coppice agroforestry but aren't sure where to start;
- foresters who have a holistic view of their work and want to learn more about this management approach;
- agricultural/silvicultural consultants
- horticulturalists and arborists;
- craftspeople, wood workers, metal workers;
- working with marginal land and seeking unique and diverse perennial production opportunities; 
- folks looking to enrich and deepen their relationship with woody plants
- managing livestock and are striving to improve animal performance and provide alternative fodder sources, and
- looking for opportunities to develop diversified cottage industries;
- students who learn best through instructor presentations along with asking questions as opposed to just reading a book.
NOTE - No previous knowledge of coppice agroforestry is required to attend this workshop.

Coppice Agroforestry

This one-of-a-kind course comes on the heels of the 2022 release of Coppice Agroforestry - Tending Trees for Product, Profit and Woodland Ecology. Perhaps once of the most complete and extensive modern books on the subject of coppicing, pollarding, and other forms of resprout silviculture, this book will serve as an essential companion to the course with each chapter providing the guiding structure for our course sessions. The product of more than 10 years of writing, research, field study both domestic and international, Coppice Agroforestry aims to help push the state of this ancient art towards a renewed relevance and appreciation in the modern era. 

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Course Sessions and Content

Course Logistics


Any time that works for you! Digest the course content at your own pace, knowing that you have lifetime access to the material. This course becomes another valuable resource in your land management toolbox.


A series of video presentations, worksheets, assignments, plant lists and other resources to equip you to make best use of these pivotal landscape design elements. 


A community of peers who are on the same journey as you, to interact with and learn from.


Online and accessible from anywhere in the world, with lifetime access to the course materials and recordings.

Tools and Resources

Tools and resources that will help you determine the right steps to take.



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Timing doesn't work for you? Don't worry, each session is recorded and you have lifetime access!

Our students love us

Mark teaches from a deep well of both knowledge and experience. While others in this space offer only theory, Mark has years of putting these elements into practice. His teaching style is approachable for the layperson, but he's ready and able to dive deep into the technical details with students who wish to take their learning to the next level.
Mark's deep knowledge from years of hands-on experience shows in his joyous way of teaching which makes his knowledge accessible to all who are willing to listen. From coppicing to natural building, his plant identification skills, and his keen eye for design - it is a privilege to have such wisdom shared with oneself.
Anna Vellante
I feel extraordinarily blessed to have learned from Mark during my permaculture and ecological design journey. I knew immediately that he was the teacher my heart and soul had been waiting for. His life beautifully weaves together the forest, his family, and his dedication to helping his students understand and succeed. If you have the opportunity to learn with Mark, I recommend taking him up on the gift that it is to learn with him.

Who is the course a good fit for?

This course may be of use to you if you are:
  • a Whole system and critical thinker;
  • interested in learning how to read landscapes better; 
  • ready to learn;
  • excited to dive into the world of coppice agroforestry;
  • realistic in your expectations, or willing to have your expectations of what's possible challenged.

Who is this course NOT a good fit for?

  • You have no time, you're enrolled in 50 online courses this year and this will be but another course that you don't attend.
  • Those who think coppice agroforestry is a cool idea, but have no desire to build your skill or capacity to design and implement these essential landscape elements.
  • Anyone who thinks coppice agroforestry is the be-all and end-all of an ecologically functioning landscape. Coppice agroforestry is a part of a functioning ecology.
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Our students love us

During a tree identification lesson taught by Mark, he said to step back and look at the shape and outline of a tree from a distance. I had been so focused on leaf and bark pattern, that it never occurred to me to look at the form. I realized later that this was a perfect example of how to change your viewpoint, and take it all in. This became a key lesson to me for design and observation in general. Thanks Mark, for helping me to see the bigger picture.
Joel Schwartz
Mark is, perhaps the most effective Master of Schedule and Time as an instructor I have met. He has an unfathomable amount of humility considering the depth and breadth of knowledge he possesses. It became evident almost immediately how valuable a source of knowledge he is, his advice and consideration delivered with genuine respect and refreshing humour. Endlessly grateful for having met him, for having learned from him, however briefly.
Marina Vernovsky
Mark’s instruction has been priceless to me. His breadth of knowledge and sincerity make him an excellent teacher. I highly recommend his classes to fellow newcomers. 
Meet the Teacher

Mark Krawczyk

Mark Krawczyk has been fascinated with the art of coppicing and other forms of “resprout silviculture” for the past 20 years, ever since apprenticing with British coppice worker Ben Law in his West Sussex stand of Sweet chestnut. He’s spent more than 15 years lecturing, teaching, and working with landholders on agroforestry, permaculture, and small-scale forestry projects across the US, Canada and beyond, and traveling in North America and Europe to understand the ways people harness trees’ remarkable sprouting capabilities in a wide range of contexts.

He is an applied ecologist, educator, and grower incorporating permaculture design, agroforestry, natural building, traditional woodworking, and small-scale forestry. He owns and operates Keyline Vermont LLC, providing farmers, homeowners, and homesteaders with education, design, and consulting services. He and his wife also manage Valley Clayplain Forest Farm, 52 acres of field and forest in New Haven, Vermont.
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Patrick Jones - Course author
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Meet the Host

Javan K. Bernakevitch

Javan K. Bernakevitch is passionate about helping people create more abundant, diverse and profitable landscapes and lives that get better year after year. An educator and designer for clients, community events, non-profit groups, university students and businesses, Javan inspires and empowers audiences with a passion for change.

Integrating Keyline Design, Holistic Management, Permaculture, the Soil Food Web, Myco-Integration, Project Management and Business implementation, he understands and emphasizes the importance of balancing biological systems - soil, water-harvesting, landscape rehydration, composting, growing food and biological waste-water treatment - with financial viability. A career focus on regenerative retrofits of broad acre and small scale landscapes to re-establish working watersheds, ecosystems, productive landscapes and enterprises has taken him across North and Central America, Europe and Africa.

The originator of All Points Life Design, he has pioneered new ways for clients to identify their values and bring regenerative enterprises and productive landscapes to their lives.

He operates Permaculture BC, an education and community hub for permaculture in British Columbia, and All Points Land Design, focusing on land design and installation. He has worked with the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Vancouver Island University and Simon Fraser University. Recent partnerships include working with the Cowichan Green Community, Seven Ravens Permaculture Academy, Galliano Conversation Association and Healthy Homes.

Our students love us

Mark's passion and understanding of his craft really shines through in his teaching. The depth of knowledge imparted was invaluable and easy to digest. I was able to apply what I had learned in the ‘real world’ from the get-go and that continues to be the case now. If you have the opportunity to learn from him, grasp the chance with both hands!
Michael Fisher
I have benefitted from Mark’s teaching and expertise over an extensive number of hours. He is as equally proficient conducting live hands-on demonstration classes as he is doing a slide sharing presentation.
When I asked a question during a group presentation, he instantly and smoothly pivoted from one presentation to another to show an illustration relating to my question. He was very generous sharing his resources, which I was recently looking through, admiring the photos of examples from his travels to other continents.
In addition to his deep experience and broad command of his content, Mark is a lovely person to be around. I genuinely recommend the opportunity to learn from him.
Mary Schnek
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Both Mark's depth of knowledge and the care with which he shared it with our class was abundantly clear--I could tell how passionate he is about what he does and felt like he was willing to go above and beyond in helping us students in our own journeys. Having had no prior exposure to coppicing or related practices, I've been thoroughly inspired and am eager to keep learning about it!
Mark is the real deal. I had the honor of taking a permaculture design certificate course with Mark, as well as a coppicing workshop. He is a true educator—teaching with humility and a palpable reverence for the natural world. Visiting his homestead makes it clear that he doesn't just teach about land stewardship, but lives and breathes it. My own land is more ecologically vibrant, productive, and resilient because of Mark's fervent generosity with his knowledge and experience (and black currant and willow cuttings!)
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Mark is an expert and a great teacher. His Intro to coppice workshop was a blast. Getting first hand demonstrations, and examples of how to use coppice and pollarding was game changing in respect to how I approached and managed where I farm. If you like trees, animals or crafts this class is for you.
Joshua Ellison
Mark possesses a deep knowledge of the land and its rhythms derived from observation and contact, a curiosity about ways of working with the natural world both old and new, and a sensitivity to the human elements in any ecological system. He is constantly realizing his interest in permaculture strategies through experimentation and collaborative projects. Seeing and hearing about his roadside tree-buffer, locust-grove, and shiitake operation have been highlights of my permaculture education. I greatly admire his work as a permaculturist and I have been equally impressed by his people skills. Mark is a great instructor and is definitely a leader in the revival of coppice agroforestry techniques in North America.
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Frequently asked questions

Do I need any experience to take this course?

Absolutely not! No previous experience is necessary!

Can I message you with questions?

This is a self paced course. There is no direct access to the instructor HOWEVER there is the possibility of attending a LIVE version of the course after you've enrolled in the self paced course for a small fee.

Will have lifetime access to the course material?

YES! You'll have lifetime access to the course. 

Is the course refundable?

The course is non-refundable.

How much time per week do I need to budget for the homework assignments?

The homework assignments are COMPLETELY optional. Mark estimates you need roughly 1-3 hours to complete the assignments per week.

How much time per week do I need to budget for the required reading?

Mark estimates you need roughly 1-3 hours to complete the reading per session depending on your reading speed. The suggested resources, including articles, books, and videos, could take a lifetime to review.
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