I recently purchased 500 acres in the southwest corner of North Carolina. The property contains around 30 acres of developed pastures. There are another 100 acres of forest that was selectively logged several years ago. The balance is mostly small Meadows set amid thick forest some photos may be seen at www.highgrove.com
I am interested in moving around 150 acres towards an agroforestry/Silvopasture setting for ruminants . I see many resources in the Northeast but I am hoping that you may know of some mature agroforestry/silvopasture operations in either north Georgia or Western North Carolina that I might be able to visit and learn from? Additionally, I will soon need to hire a full-time farm manager to get the operation going and overseeing everything. Do any of you have advice on where To start? I am not a farmer and there is so much I do not now. I would think I am looking for someone experienced in grazing, forestry, and general project management for their many construction projects needed around the property. Any advice is welcome!
You could fill out the Agroforestry Assistance Form on Appalachian Sustainable Development's webpage. That might help you get started?