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2021 Oxford Real Farming Conference - The Value of Trees in a Hotter Climate

Started Feb 23 0 Replies

recording from our session this past January at the ORFC.  We already know silvopastures are awesome, but some great food for thought from the other presenters:…Continue

Ecosystem Services from Silvopastures

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Nov 30, 2020. 1 Reply

One of the more interesting talks that I've heard over the years on grazing or silvopasturing was by Dr. Gene Garrett at the 2011 Northeast Silvopasture Conference titled: Silvopasture Ecosystem…Continue

Planted Silvopatures

Started Jul 19, 2019 0 Replies

Peter Smallidge shared this article with me on the potential carbon sequestration benefits of tree planting:  …Continue

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Brett Chedzoy commented on Brett Chedzoy's event Silvopasture Systems in New York and Their Contributions to Capturing Carbon
"Steve will fix that, but he may not be able to do so until next week"
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"the link to the you tube recoding says its a private video. How can you view it?"
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Matthew Dami commented on Brett Chedzoy's event Silvopasture Systems in New York and Their Contributions to Capturing Carbon
"Hey, am I still able to join in on this webinar?  Couldn’t find out how to log in. Thanks!"
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Brett Chedzoy commented on Brett Chedzoy's event Silvopasture Systems in New York and Their Contributions to Capturing Carbon
"tomorrow's webinar and the remaining webinars in the agroforestry series will be recorded and archived on the Cornell Small Farms website.  I'll provide the link to the recordings here afterwards. "
Jun 8
Diane Mayerfeld commented on Brett Chedzoy's event Silvopasture Systems in New York and Their Contributions to Capturing Carbon
"I have a conflict at 3pm tomorrow.  Will  there be a recording I can view?   And if so, where do I access that?   Thanks!"
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Silvopasture Systems in New York and Their Contributions to Capturing Carbon at webinar

June 9, 2021 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Wednesday, June 9, at 3 p.m.Silvopasture (integrating trees, livestock, and forage) is gaining traction across the Northeast as a synergistic production system that can benefit land, livestock and farmers. But what can be said about its role in capturing and storing carbon? Cornell experts will share three increasingly common examples of silvopasture in New York and discuss their contributions to reducing atmospheric carbon.With Brett Chedzoy, forester with Cornell Cooperative Extension of…See More
May 27
Bing Cheah commented on Brett Chedzoy's event Silvopasturing as a Strategy to Enhance Grazing Systems in New England
"Helpful webinar, thank you!"
Mar 9
Brett Chedzoy commented on Brett Chedzoy's event Silvopasturing as a Strategy to Enhance Grazing Systems in New England
"I'm the presenter.  Katelyn Parsons from MA Farm Bureau would be the person to contact: katelyn@mfbf.net I'll email her now and let her know you didn't get the link"
Mar 9
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"Hello, I paid for the conference but I never received a zoom link - how do I join?"
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Silvopasturing as a Strategy to Enhance Grazing Systems in New England at webinar

March 9, 2021 from 7pm to 8pm
Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF’s) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) committee is sponsoring a webinar on March 9 at 7 p.m. covering silvopasturing as a strategy to enhance grazing systems in New England. Speaker, Brett, Chedzoy, will share personal experiences on how silvopasturing has benefited family ranching operations in western New York and central Argentina to improve the land and welfare of their livestock, while also improving the bottom line. Brett Chedzoy is a…See More
Feb 24
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2021 Oxford Real Farming Conference - The Value of Trees in a Hotter Climate

recording from our session this past January at the ORFC.  We already know silvopastures are awesome, but some great food for thought from the other presenters:https://youtu.be/eFmK0DRLAacIf there was an upside to covid, it made a lot of otherwise faraway conference virtually available to the masses.  I hope to make it in person some day to the Oxford Real Farming Conference - over 500 presenters and 5,000 participants.  Check it out:  …See More
Feb 23
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"Welcome to the silvopasture forum, Clara. A big part of silvopasturing is sound rotational grazing skills.  I teach a 6-week on-line "Grazing Management" course for the Cornell Small Farms program starting at the end of this…"
Feb 13
Bing Cheah replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Growing Black Locust as a Timber Cash Crop in the Northeast
"Thanks for your response! Will keep digging through the forums for more info. Lots to learn here! Generally, I'm going to go with a pretty diverse planting. Both for my own learning and to give the animals options. Like you said, they have…"
Jan 31

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Schuyler
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extension educator and silvopastoralist

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Managing Livestock Density and Impact in Silvopastures

Posted on January 26, 2018 at 9:30pm 8 Comments

Even before commercially thinning ~80 acres of the woods on our farm, I had come to appreciate the challenges of controlling the vegetative response to letting in more sunlight. 

In open pastures, the grazier can readily mow, spray or even till and re-seed to deal with noxious weeds and invasive brush. But livestock impact is often the only practical tool for managing vegetation in tree-covered silvopastures.  Consequently, silvopasturing relies on intensive rotation of higher…

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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 11 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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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?

At 10:35am on November 21, 2019, Scott Johnson said…

Hi Brett,
Thanks! Unfortunately the town council said "no" to our proposal:

https://lowtechinstitute.org/2018/10/01/proposal-for-community-flock/

They cited worries about cars hitting the sheep if they got out, but I think it was political (the person with the mowing contract has connections to the council).

Scott

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Woods-pastured pigs and goats

Started by Yotum Almor on Saturday. 0 Replies

Hi folks, our farm is considering a pig, goat rotation (keeping species separate) through our 80 acres of woodlands to manage invasives. I was wondering if anyone has trialed/attempted that. I was…Continue

How to measure average amount of sun light hitting silvopasture floor?

Started by Joanne Vaughn. Last reply by Joanne Vaughn Jun 11. 3 Replies

What is a good simple way to estimate the average amount of sunlight hitting the pasture part of the silvopasture over an area of say 10 acres? The goal is to determine if further thinning may be…Continue

Tell NY State Legislature and U.S. Congress what you think about soil health practices and legislation

Started by Nancy Jacobson. Last reply by Wesley Jarrell Jun 11. 1 Reply

Hi All,I work with a nonpartisan organization to lobby for more support for silvopasture and other soil-health practices at both the state and national level. A number of bills and programs have been…Continue

Agroforestry and its Challenges Investigation

Started by Anna Thompson Mar 24. 0 Replies

Hi All,         I am a master’s student at the University of Copenhagen in Agricultural Development.  For my thesis, I am investigating challenges and barriers to the implementation of and transition…Continue

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