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Upcoming Conferences

Started Jan 2 0 Replies

The silvopasture conference on Jan 30th near Albany, NY is hopefully of interest to all members of this forum.  And if you are planning to attend, I would encourage you to stick around for the…Continue

Living Barns

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Mar 15. 2 Replies

Winter Storm "Hercules" is blowing its way through our region today with lots of snow and sub-zero wind chills.  This weather reminds me of an often-asked question about "living barns", or the use of…Continue

Interfering Vegetation Control in Thinned Woodlots and Silvopastures

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Dec 21, 2013. 5 Replies

Most of us know all too well how increased solar energy at the ground level following a thinning = increased understory growth - for better or for worse!  Whether the management objective is…Continue

Woodlot Thinning Intensive - Saturday, October 26th - Groton, NY

Started Oct 21, 2013 0 Replies

For those of you in the ~ Central NY area, we'll be hosting a woodlot thinning workshop this Saturday in Groton, NY.  A good overview of "crop tree release" and "basal area thinning" - both are…Continue

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Jono Neiger replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Creating Silvopastures with Black Locust
"I love BL for the reasons you've stated. A couple of questions. Will the livestock eat the young suckers? Do you manage the resprouts to be the next trees in the paddocks (after thinning)? Are you doing any selection for the black locust i.e.…"
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Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Creating Silvopastures with Black Locust
"Some photos below of different experiments around our farm on growing black locust.  The first is of a 4.5 acre mixed black locust/black walnut plantation that we established in 1988.  Not much site prep or care was done, plus there was a…"
Mar 28
Keith Ohlinger replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Creating Silvopastures with Black Locust
"Thanks for this guys!"
Mar 28
Buck Holsinger replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Creating Silvopastures with Black Locust
"Thanks for that insight.  Yes, I mis-typed the 900/acre.  I apologize. I am currently converting 18.8 acres of pasture into a "test bed" of Silvopasture for my farm.  While it is too late for this project, your ideas on the…"
Mar 27
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Creating Silvopastures with Black Locust
"My original post suggests about 700 trees per acre.  This would be approximately 8x8 spacing, though I think that other spacings, trees per acre and configurations (e.g. narrow and wide rows, clumps, etc.) could work.  Goal would be to…"
Mar 27
Buck Holsinger replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Creating Silvopastures with Black Locust
"You suggest 900 trees per acre for an initial planting.  How long would you guess you would need to wait (in years) before you could allow beef cattle to graze the pasture you planted these trees in? What are your thoughts on 50/50 Black…"
Mar 27
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March 26, 2014 from 1pm to 2:15pm
You are invited to attend our latest Live Webinar sponsored by: SREF.Title: Silvopasturing: A Solution to Some 21st Century Challenges on Rural LandscapesWhat will you learn? Silvopasturing has vast potential throughout the country to increase the profitability of rural land ownership…See More
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Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Living Barns
"March seems to be the most challenging month of the year in upstate NY for keeping animals out on pasture due to the extreme weather swings (cold, to mud, and back to cold again) and rapidly changing ground conditions.  Take this week for…"
Mar 15
Brett Chedzoy commented on Keith Ohlinger's blog post Food safety modernization act, gap, & silvopasture
"from LA Times...   Food safety rules rile organic farmers FDA's proposed rules would curtail many Organic farming techniques Jim Crawford, left, of New Morning Farm, says new food safety regulations would be an added expense that would…"
Feb 25
Brett Chedzoy commented on Keith Ohlinger's blog post Food safety modernization act, gap, & silvopasture
"You sound surprised, Keith, that Mr. Taylor isn't more familiar with the farm-side of agriculture.  The FDA, like many other government agencies, is responsible for their own particular mission (food safety, in this case).   20…"
Feb 10

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NY
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Schuyler
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extension educator and silvopastoralist

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Silvopasturing at the Stone Barns Center

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 12:00pm 1 Comment

Peter and I recently had the opportunity to present a day-long workshop on silvopasturing at the Stone Barns Center in the lower Hudson Valley.  The Stone Barns Center (www.stonebarnscenter.org) is located on the former Rockefeller dairy farm, and today serves as a showcase of "sustainable food systems". …

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Workshop Materials from the Silvopasture Field Day - McVeytown, PA - June 7th 2013

Posted on June 14, 2013 at 12:11pm 0 Comments

Thank you to the 40+ who were able to attend the workshop last Friday in McVeytown.   The handouts used for the workshop are attached below as .pdf files.  -- Brett

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Reducing forest density for acceptable forage growth

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

During the "silvopasture day course" trainings last August, we expressed the need to reduce forest stand stocking levels to about 60 sq. ft./acre of basal area (approximately 50% relative density, depending on the stand type) in order to achieve "good" forage productivity of the more shade tolerant cool season grasses.  For more information on this, refer to the .pdf file attachment titled "Creating Quality Silvopastures" from the August blog post on the day courses - or read the section on…

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Agroforestry Field Day at the Big Flats Plant Materials Center

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 10:30am 0 Comments

60 people attended "Working Trees in Agricultural Landscapes: An Introduction to Agroforestry" on November 16th at the USDA NRCS Plant Materials Center in Big Flats, NY (and 120 people attended the 3rd annual Cover Crops Field Day at the PMC on the prior day!)  This inaugural agroforestry event at the PMC featured NRCS soil health advocate Ray Archuleta.  Some of Ray's key messages throughout the two days were: "Farm in the image of Nature"; "Feed the soil"; and "Nature hates monocultures". …

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At 10:12pm on February 29, 2012, Darren Bender-Beauregard said…

Brett, I just found this site from your producer profile in the latest SGF.  I am very interested in any details you'd care to share of your silvopasture use in a beef operation.  I am just starting a grassfed beef operation on 250 acres and just got my started herd.  They are linebred, old-type black angus, largely Octoraro and Wye, but some others in the background too.  Got them from a guy named Larry Sansom in KY.  I'm also curious how you like your Octoraro and Wye angus stock--seemed like a good way to go but it's always good to hear someone else's experiences!

Any info would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

-Darren

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Will NRCS adopt a Silvopasture Standard in Massachusetts?

Started by Maryanne Reynolds. Last reply by Joan Walker 21 hours ago. 5 Replies

At the suggestion of a speaker at the Watkins Glen conference (Nov. 2011), I attended my state's NRCS State Technical Committee meeting on May 23, 2012, at the Doyle Conservation Center in…Continue

Creating Silvopastures with Black Locust

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Jono Neiger on Wednesday. 7 Replies

A forum member recently asked about creating silvopastures for their goats with black locust.  In my opinion, black locust is just about the perfect tree for converting open pasture areas into…Continue

Central New York

Started by Terry Howell. Last reply by Erin L. Hull Mar 26. 3 Replies

HI,I recently joined the silvopasture forum and I am writing to central/upstate NY people.  I purchased a house with about 10 acres in Fabius NY  a little over a year ago.  One of my goals is to…Continue

Living Barns

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Mar 15. 2 Replies

Winter Storm "Hercules" is blowing its way through our region today with lots of snow and sub-zero wind chills.  This weather reminds me of an often-asked question about "living barns", or the use of…Continue

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