Brett Chedzoy
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Role of Silvopasturing in "Saving the Planet"

Started May 15 0 Replies

Thanks to Erica Campbell from Senator Sander's office for sharing with our "Northeast Silvopasture Initiative" group...Silvopasture is listed as a TOP TEN solution to climate change, according Paul…Continue

When Shade is Part of the Plan

Started Apr 19 0 Replies

One of the top "frequently asked questions" is what forages might grow well in silvopastures.  Much has already been posted on this forum (dig around a bit) on this topic.  The short answer is: "it…Continue

Silvopasturing story in Farming Magazine

Started Mar 30 0 Replies

Those of you who read Farming magazine have already seen this, but for those of you who haven't...The author, Katie Navarra, did a very nice job of accurately putting the information together:…Continue

The importance of rotation, rest and recovery when grazing silvopastures

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ricardo Zachrisson C. Dec 2, 2016. 1 Reply

An often overlooked or misunderstood concept in silvopasture management is the importance of rotating livestock to allow for adequate rest and recovery of the forage plants, and to minimize impacts…Continue

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Woodland Restoration Using Livestock and Silvopasture Principals at webinar

June 2, 2017 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Studies by The Nature Conservancy, Cornell University and the NY State College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) show deteriorating conditions in the majority of NY’s nearly 19 million acres of forest – a situation that is not unique to New York and the Northeast.  Silvopasturing and intensively-managed livestock impacts are an innovative approach to address many of the modern challenges facing woodland owners and managers.  This presentation will cover specific examples of how…See More
May 30
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion GMO American Chestnuts - will the King of the Eastern Forests return?
"some good new (maybe?) for those of you holding a special spot in your silvopastures for American Chestnuts American chestnut rescue will succeed PHILADELPHIA — The nearly century-old effort to employ selective breeding to rescue the…"
May 18
Brett Chedzoy posted a discussion

Role of Silvopasturing in "Saving the Planet"

Thanks to Erica Campbell from Senator Sander's office for sharing with our "Northeast Silvopasture Initiative" group...Silvopasture is listed as a TOP TEN solution to climate change, according Paul Hawken’s new book Drilldown. It beats rooftop solar, off-shore wind, mass transit and 91 other solutions!http://www.drawdown.org/solutions-summary-by-rank(Brett's comment: I'm just impressed that a book author even knows what…See More
May 15
Brett Chedzoy posted a discussion

When Shade is Part of the Plan

One of the top "frequently asked questions" is what forages might grow well in silvopastures.  Much has already been posted on this forum (dig around a bit) on this topic.  The short answer is: "it depends", and "more research is needed".  But fortunately, many cool-season forages - particularly grasses, can do quite well in lightly-shaded silvopasture conditions.  But there are many variables that will ultimately influence forage production in silvopastures.  Soil health, site quality, tree…See More
Apr 19
Brett Chedzoy posted a discussion

Silvopasturing story in Farming Magazine

Those of you who read Farming magazine have already seen this, but for those of you who haven't...The author, Katie Navarra, did a very nice job of accurately putting the information together:http://www.farmingmagazine.com/bits-and-pieces/farm-management/angus-glen-farm-silvopasturesSee More
Mar 30
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Mar 17
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Creating Silvopastures with Black Locust
"Save the date everyone for "Growing Black Locust as a Timber Cash Crop in the Northeast" - A special one day conference to explore the methods and potential for cultivating Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) profitably and…"
Mar 2
Harry Greene replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Creating Silvopastures with Black Locust
"Hi all!I recently wrote an article about Angus Glen Farm, Brett's silvopasture operation. The text focuses on the potential of black locust and its financial viability. Linked…"
Mar 2
Angus Johnson liked Brett Chedzoy's discussion The importance of rotation, rest and recovery when grazing silvopastures
Feb 7
Brett Chedzoy replied to Edmund Brown's discussion Bamboo as winter stockpile?
"Ed, I took the picture below during a recent trip to Argentina.  The cattle apparently like it because they don't even let it get started on the grazed side of the fence.  You can see that the canes on the near edge on the ungrazed…"
Jan 17
Adam MacLean liked Brett Chedzoy's discussion Trees into Pastures
Oct 25, 2016
Adam MacLean replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Creating Silvopastures with Black Locust
"G'day Brett (and others):Thank you for hosting this excellent discussion!  Can you recommend where I might source superior planting materials for establishing a silvopasture?  Do you know of any seed sources from improved cultivars,…"
Oct 25, 2016
Adam MacLean liked Brett Chedzoy's discussion Creating Silvopastures with Black Locust
Oct 25, 2016
Brett Chedzoy replied to Ben Dube's discussion Public Ecological Benefits of Silvopasture
"A good overview of ecological benefits from incorporating trees in pasture systems by Rutgers U Extension Specialist Joseph Heckman"
Oct 13, 2016
Brett Chedzoy posted a discussion

The importance of rotation, rest and recovery when grazing silvopastures

An often overlooked or misunderstood concept in silvopasture management is the importance of rotating livestock to allow for adequate rest and recovery of the forage plants, and to minimize impacts to soil, trees and other resources.  If a livestock producer isn't already exhibiting skilled rotational grazing across their pasture system - then they are probably not ready to incorporate silvopasturing into the mix.If trying to become more proficient at rotational grazing, look for "pasture walk"…See More
Sep 20, 2016
Lisa Fernandes liked Brett Chedzoy's discussion Maine Grass-fed Network Grazing Conference
Aug 27, 2016

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NY
County where you live or work?
Schuyler
What is your occupation relative to silvopasture? (for example, owner/producer, extension specialist, agency specialist, etc.)
extension educator and silvopastoralist

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What We Can Learn From Silvopasturing in Other Corners of the World

Posted on August 19, 2015 at 2:40pm 3 Comments

This forum unintentionally drew an initial concentration of members from the northeastern US, though many folks have since joined from other parts of the country and globe (welcome!).  Silvopasturing practices certainly need to be customized to the local area and situation, but the principals remain largely the same no matter where working trees and livestock are raised together in a sustainable manner. 

In hopes of broadening discussions, participation and what we can learn from…

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Silvopasture Development Progress at Angus Glen Farms

Posted on August 19, 2015 at 1:00pm 7 Comments

I've had the best of intentions to be more active on this forum this summer to share my thoughts and experiences with a recent "low grade" timber harvest at our farm to promote silvopasture development.  The harvest wrapped-up a few weeks ago, and I just returned from quick trip to Argentina.  With that behind me, it's time to get some pictures and storied up about the project.  But first, as a bit of background, I've pasted below an article that I was asked to write for the current edition…

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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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Comment Wall (3 comments)

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

At 4:42pm on November 30, 2015, Ricardo Zachrisson C. said…

Hello Brett, you  indicated about an international silvopasture program, could you please advise.

Rgs,

Ricardo

At 11:44am on December 1, 2015, Brett Chedzoy said…

Hi Ricardo

I think you're referring to the blog that I started a couple months back asking for more "stories" from other members on their silvopasture experiences and projects in other parts of the US and world?

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Getting started with silvopasture

Started by Kellan Cook. Last reply by Edmund Brown on Saturday. 3 Replies

Hello all!Just a quick background:  my family and I are on 12.5 acres in south central PA.  We have already established our version of a few rows of silvopasture.  My wife and I tried our hand at…Continue

GMO American Chestnuts - will the King of the Eastern Forests return?

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy May 18. 6 Replies

Since I first became obsessed with trees and forests and set out on a path to become a forester ~ 30 years ago, I have dreamed of someday seeing the return of the American Chestnut.  Every rare…Continue

Role of Silvopasturing in "Saving the Planet"

Started by Brett Chedzoy May 15. 0 Replies

Thanks to Erica Campbell from Senator Sander's office for sharing with our "Northeast Silvopasture Initiative" group...Silvopasture is listed as a TOP TEN solution to climate change, according Paul…Continue

Open Position: Research Scientist in Silvopasture - UMCA

Started by Michael A Gold May 1. 0 Replies

The MU Agroforestry Center has an open position "Research Scientist - Silvopasture".   Seeking a Ph.D. w/a strong background in pasture-based grazing systems (livestock, esp. cattle) and forages.  If…Continue

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