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Forests are a "Key Feature" of Food Security

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy May 8. 1 Reply

In today's news...LONDON — Forests can play a vital role in supplementing global   food and nutrition security but this role is currently being overlooked, a   report suggests. The study says that…Continue

Tax Abatement Benefits For Land Under Silvopasture Management

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Jourdain Mar 24. 1 Reply

New York has gradually updated its property tax abatement program for agricultural land ("Ag Assessment") to include agroforestry practices like maple production - and more recently, silvopasturing. …Continue

Silvopasturing Beyond the Northeast

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word is spreading...…Continue

Allelopathy and Other Forms of Plant Supression Under Trees

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Every late summer and early fall as I walk along the edges of our pastures adjoining the woods I notice in the drier years a significant difference between forages growing inside and outside the…Continue

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Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Forests are a "Key Feature" of Food Security
"Another good article on this topic from the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture's newsletter: http://files.ctctcdn.com/476b376b201/78478f68-899f-45dd-a67e-62a6bf92c9df.pdf  I often feel like it's hard enough just…"
May 8
Brett Chedzoy posted a discussion

Forests are a "Key Feature" of Food Security

In today's news...LONDON — Forests can play a vital role in supplementing global   food and nutrition security but this role is currently being overlooked, a   report suggests. The study says that tree-based farming provides resilience   against extreme weather events, which can wipe out traditional food crops. It   warns that policies focusing on traditional agriculture often overlook the   role forest farming could play.…See More
May 8
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"Steve,  Do you have more information on the "Treeline 2" insulators in the photos?  Looks like they're held on with a bungee type strap?  Where do you get them, and what do they cost?  Are they…"
May 1
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"Great to see a bunch of new members! Would like to hear more about what you're doing on your farms."
May 1
Jeff Jourdain replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Tax Abatement Benefits For Land Under Silvopasture Management
"Brett- Here in Massachusetts, silvopastures can be classified as either forestland [under Chapter 61 or 61A] or pasture/agricultural land [under Chapter 61A].  I have clients who have done it both ways without any issues from the state or from…"
Mar 24
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Tax Abatement Benefits For Land Under Silvopasture Management

New York has gradually updated its property tax abatement program for agricultural land ("Ag Assessment") to include agroforestry practices like maple production - and more recently, silvopasturing.  More agroforestry practices anticipated to follow, like forest farming.  These changes are thanks in big part to NY Farm Bureau's grass-roots advocacy.  Link to a story below on the silvopasture revision in NY:…See More
Mar 23
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The First Ever 2015 Contract Grazing Summitt at Weaver Family Farm

March 28, 2015 from 9am to 5pm
Do you want to start a new grazing business, or grow and diversify an existing one?                                            Are you interested in adding value to grazing land without buying animals?                                                    Ever consider placing your dairy and beef animals with a grazing professional to increase profitability or to expand milk/meat sales? …See More
Mar 20
Brett Chedzoy left a comment for Eric Toensmeier
"Hi Eric If and when you need more pics, just ask.  I can also send you higher-res versions of the ones here on the forum.  -- Brett "
Mar 18
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Mar 18
Brett Chedzoy replied to Abby's discussion Black Locust Silvopasture in SEPA-
"Hi Abby, Just noticed that no one replied to this.  I think you can find some relevant info in related posts on black locust.  I feel that the number of trees per acre and design depends on several important factors: Estimated…"
Mar 6
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Creating Silvopastures with Black Locust
"Copied below is a recent exchange with Prof. John Fike at Virginia Tech.  It points out another important consideration when selecting tree and shrub species to plant in silvopastures: toxicity Brett,I'm seeing some interested in black…"
Mar 6
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Living Barns
"A good winter to have some "Living Barns" on the farm.  This article recently appeared in OnPasture magazine: http://onpasture.com/2015/03/02/living-barns/ ;"
Mar 3
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion GMO American Chestnuts - will the King of the Eastern Forests return?
"Can't disagree with the points made above.  Just sharing news on ESF's program to bring back the American Chestnut.  Personally, I don't lump this project and it's goal into the same basket as planting tens of millions…"
Mar 3
Brian Anthony replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion GMO American Chestnuts - will the King of the Eastern Forests return?
"Thanks Brett, The article states that horizontal gene transfer via virus/bacterial transmission is normal in nature. I did a quick search and found it does occur in single cell bacteria but did not find an instance of it occurring in more developed…"
Mar 2

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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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Forests are a "Key Feature" of Food Security

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy May 8. 1 Reply

In today's news...LONDON — Forests can play a vital role in supplementing global   food and nutrition security but this role is currently being overlooked, a   report suggests. The study says that…Continue

Brontosaurus -- Clearing strip for installation of fence

Started by Maryanne Reynolds May 3. 0 Replies

We are preparing to install agricultural fence.  We need to clear a fence line trough a rocky, overgrown (trees and brush) area.  I recall seeing a Fecon machine operate.  The equipment available is…Continue

Black Locust Silvopasture in SEPA-

Started by Abby. Last reply by Joanne Vaughn Apr 7. 2 Replies

I'm looking for specific recommendations on spacing and planting for the purpose of firewood production and eventually goat pasture (as part of a rotation, not full time and with only a handful of…Continue

Tax Abatement Benefits For Land Under Silvopasture Management

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Jeff Jourdain Mar 24. 1 Reply

New York has gradually updated its property tax abatement program for agricultural land ("Ag Assessment") to include agroforestry practices like maple production - and more recently, silvopasturing. …Continue

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