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Methods For Growing Lots Of Trees In A Small Footprint For Cost-Effective Silvopasture Establishment

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott O'Bar Sep 7, 2023. 17 Replies

I thought I'd share my current methods using air pruning beds to grow various livestock fodder trees for silvopasture establishment in hopes that some other folks in this network are doing the…Continue

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Scott O'Bar replied to Casey Pfeifer's discussion Methods For Growing Lots Of Trees In A Small Footprint For Cost-Effective Silvopasture Establishment
"At first I was thinking about ordering 50-60 of the 3gal. ones. But then I realized costs add up. The total would be quite a bit. Then of course all those pots need to be filled with soil, and it's a hassle to try and scrape topsoil out of the…"
Sep 7, 2023
Casey Pfeifer replied to Casey Pfeifer's discussion Methods For Growing Lots Of Trees In A Small Footprint For Cost-Effective Silvopasture Establishment
"I'd agree, the Smart Pot seems best - I could see the bottom of the other pots being a little less than ideal given the fewer number of holes on the bottom. Still all in all pretty decent though. The other thing I like about the Smart Pots is…"
Sep 7, 2023
Casey Pfeifer replied to Casey Pfeifer's discussion Methods For Growing Lots Of Trees In A Small Footprint For Cost-Effective Silvopasture Establishment
"I think up to and beyond 5 months would be just fine based on the various root dissections I've seen in various air pruning trials. In a pot like that with air pruning around the circumference and bottom, the roots will just keep branching…"
Sep 7, 2023
Casey Pfeifer replied to Casey Pfeifer's discussion Methods For Growing Lots Of Trees In A Small Footprint For Cost-Effective Silvopasture Establishment
"Agreed, the black poly deer fence would be ineffectual against squirrels. When I was growing chestnuts out west I used a hard-framed cage 2' high over the entire APB with 1/2" hardware cloth to keep them out, anything less and they'd…"
Sep 7, 2023
Scott O'Bar replied to Casey Pfeifer's discussion Methods For Growing Lots Of Trees In A Small Footprint For Cost-Effective Silvopasture Establishment
"I also found a source here for 1 gallon pots. They look like the same exact product to me.  https://www.marleysplanet.com/es/rootbuilder-1-gallon My question to you and anyone else who's reading, do you think it would be OK to grow a tree…"
Sep 7, 2023
Scott O'Bar replied to Casey Pfeifer's discussion Methods For Growing Lots Of Trees In A Small Footprint For Cost-Effective Silvopasture Establishment
"These are the only options for air-pruning pots I've found in Peru: https://perugrow.com/tienda/macetas-smart-pot/ https://agriplant.com.pe/product/maceta-ercole/ https://agriplant.com.pe/product/maceta-rete/ Of which, I think probably the…"
Sep 7, 2023
Scott O'Bar replied to Casey Pfeifer's discussion Methods For Growing Lots Of Trees In A Small Footprint For Cost-Effective Silvopasture Establishment
"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zhTsYgfuyQ That's the video I was talking about. I preferred just reading the transcript. How much land are you planting in Tennessee? You don't want to transplant to the field in late autumn? I have family…"
Aug 28, 2023
Casey Pfeifer replied to Casey Pfeifer's discussion Methods For Growing Lots Of Trees In A Small Footprint For Cost-Effective Silvopasture Establishment
"I haven't heard of him, no - but that sounds like an amazing story, and if you have that transcript or any other resources I would love to read about his example. Ultimately, I'd love to do it that way too - just put seeds in the ground…"
Aug 27, 2023
Casey Pfeifer replied to Casey Pfeifer's discussion Methods For Growing Lots Of Trees In A Small Footprint For Cost-Effective Silvopasture Establishment
"Hi Scott, That's amazing - where have you landed in TN and what brought you here, if you don't mind sharing? I have used several of the different pot varieties he recommends as well as some other air pot designs. We grew a lot of cork oaks…"
Aug 27, 2023
Scott O'Bar replied to Casey Pfeifer's discussion Methods For Growing Lots Of Trees In A Small Footprint For Cost-Effective Silvopasture Establishment
"Have you heard of the work of Ernst Gotsch? I was amazed to learn about his work in tropical Brazil where he started with a heavily degraded landscape with pH of 3.7- 4.5. and he reforested the entire area. The property and surrounding landscapes…"
Aug 27, 2023
Scott O'Bar replied to Casey Pfeifer's discussion Methods For Growing Lots Of Trees In A Small Footprint For Cost-Effective Silvopasture Establishment
"Thanks for the kind words about my book. It's kind of ironic as I'm also a resident of Tennessee now. I had so many epiphanies watching those videos that you linked to. I wish someone would've taught me that 15 years ago.…"
Aug 27, 2023
Casey Pfeifer replied to Casey Pfeifer's discussion Methods For Growing Lots Of Trees In A Small Footprint For Cost-Effective Silvopasture Establishment
"Yes, direct sowing would be my ideal as well - air pruning feels like a next best option, and miles better than mainstream nursery practices. You did an amazing job with that book - thank you again for creating it! I'm a CA native by birth,…"
Aug 17, 2023
Scott O'Bar replied to Casey Pfeifer's discussion Methods For Growing Lots Of Trees In A Small Footprint For Cost-Effective Silvopasture Establishment
"I didn't know the mechanism of action for those air-prune pots. Thanks for sharing. I will watch those videos too. Nowadays, I'm more interested in direct-sowing seeds as I believe that they are better off by being able to develop their…"
Aug 15, 2023
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Keyline Agroforestry Planning Map Development Workflow Using QGIS

I put this video together yesterday of my current workflow using QGIS for planning out keyline based agroforestry systems with consistent between-row spacing - a relatively quick way to get a handle on the precise quantity of trees and plants, length of planting lines and all of the other logistical pieces that go with implementing systems like these.I wanted to throw it up here in a blog post in case it might be helpful to those of you designing systems for yourself or others. If you have any…See More
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Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Grundy, Cumberland - Cities of Chattanooga, Knoxville, out to Nashville and in between...all of eatsern TN and into neighboring states.
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We design and install agroforestry systems for most of our clients, and whenever it fits their vision and goals we design silvopastures. I am very interested in managing my own grazing operation one day in a silvopastoral setting, and I love sharing the amazing potential of silvopasture systems to rehabilitate broken ecosystems and create production systems that can thrive in an era of energy descent. I also grow livestock fodder trees for sale at Honey Badger Nursery in Pikeville, TN.

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Keyline Agroforestry Planning Map Development Workflow Using QGIS

Posted on August 1, 2023 at 11:53am 0 Comments

I put this video together yesterday of my current workflow using QGIS for planning out keyline based agroforestry systems with consistent between-row spacing - a relatively quick way to get a handle on the precise quantity of trees and plants, length of planting lines and all of the other logistical pieces that go with implementing systems like these.

I wanted to throw it up here in a blog post in case it might be helpful to those of you designing systems for yourself or others. If…

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Busy fall in the silvopasture world

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Joshua Greene Jan 2. 1 Reply

Hopefully some of you have found the time to attend either the "SilvoPro" training this week in PA or maybe even the International Agroforestry Conference in Ireland.  Look forward to some updates…Continue

Feed values for fodder trees

Started by jackie milne. Last reply by Shana Hanson Oct 31, 2023. 10 Replies

Hello everyone!We live in northern Canada, we have Aspen, birch, popular, willows and various wild roses and berry shrubs as well as white and black spruce mainly some pine. What I have been trying…Continue

using animal units and AU equivalents to estimate dry matter demand in silvopasture

Started by Gabe Smith Oct 26, 2023. 0 Replies

I thought of posting this in the discussion about tree fodder feed value as it has a lot of influence on this.I am working on a silvopasture that is about 6-7 acres, with the ability to set up any…Continue

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International Agroforestry Conference November 16th and 17th, Co.Cork, Ireland

Started by Maureen Kilgore Oct 6, 2023. 0 Replies

The Irish Agroforestry Forum are delighted to be hosting an International Agroforestry Conference on Farmer-led Climate Adaptation and Mitigation on Thursday, November 16th and Friday 17th, 2023 in…Continue

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