Knowledge and information in agriculture is a mix of research, application, and experience that is never from a single individual, but rather a collective experience shared in the minds of many. We all benefit from sharing our experience.
A new book on the Agroforestry practice of Silvopasture, by Steve Gabriel, has the explicit goal of telling the story of what we know - and don’t know – about the concept of integrating livestock production with trees and forestry.
Added by Steve Gabriel on April 5, 2017 at 7:42am — No Comments
Our latest publication on silvopasture has been published in the Journal of Forestry. Reach out to me directly if you can't get access and would like a copy. I'm not able to post the full article here due to copyright from the journal.
"Silvopasture—It's Not a Load of Manure: Differentiating between Silvopasture and Wooded Livestock Paddocks in the Northeastern United States"…Continue
Added by Joe Orefice on January 19, 2017 at 7:01pm — No Comments
I would like to make everyone aware of my most recent publication. It presents forage production information from our silvopasture research in New York.…Continue
Added by Joe Orefice on December 2, 2016 at 1:16pm — No Comments
Hi folks, I'm new to the forum here. Brett encouraged me to copy and paste a post I did for my blog to this forum. If you want to read it on my blog it can be found HERE. Photo at my blog. I would put the photo in the forum here but they're on my wife's computer...
FYI, the "Garth" I refer to in the post is my brother who co-owns the farm with me. I hope this of interest to others…Continue
Added by Edmund Brown on November 15, 2016 at 8:17pm — No Comments
Here's a link to the latest paper my colleagues and I have published on silvopasture.
"Soil and understory plant dynamics during conversion of forest to silvopasture, open pasture, and woodlot" in Agroforestry Systems…Continue
I'm recently back from the World Congress of Silvo-Pastoral Systems held in Evora, Portugal. It was an excellent and inspiring conference. Here are some of the main conclusions from the event organizers (http://www.silvopastoral2016.uevora.pt/):…Continue
Want to get more from your woods? Take a six-week online Woodlot Management course with the Cornell Small Farms Program with extension forester Peter Smallidge and Extension Agroforestry Specialist Steve Gabriel.
Examine the methods to assess forest resources and discuss common woodland activities such as cutting firewood, harvesting logs for mushroom cultivation, and support for wildlife and long-term forest health.
The course runs September 27 to November 1, with weekly…
Added by Steve Gabriel on August 17, 2016 at 3:11pm — No Comments
Announcing #1 of 3 Silvopasture publications from Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Added by Adam Downing on July 5, 2016 at 3:42pm — No Comments
I recently put together a photo guide to Northeastern US silvopasture. This guide is the result of research investigating silvopasture practices on farms in New York and New England. It is not meant to be a comprehensive guide to this complex practice but it should help inform folks about some options. Please feel free to share:…Continue
Here is a link to my latest paper on Northeast silvopasture. It will be coming out in the journal Agroforestry Systems this year, but they made it available online last week.
The document is published as open access so feel free to download and share.
Added by Joe Orefice on March 8, 2016 at 12:42pm — No 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…Continue
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…Continue
New post discusses the importance of preserving the wisdom of forest stewardship for future generations.
"….One of the realizations I’ve come to having worked many hours in the woods, is that forestry and agroforestry are inherently humbling practices, because when we enter the world of trees and forests, we have to look beyond years and decades, and start thinking about centuries. Many of the consequences of the choices we make (good or bad) in our lifetime, won’t be seen…
Added by Steve Gabriel on June 2, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments
The Pennsylvania Grazing Lands Colalition (PAGLC) is partnering with USDA, Dickinson College Farm, and Wyebrook Farm to investiage applications of silvopasture practices in Pennsylvania in order to provide the state's farmers with technical guidance. Check out this informational video to find out more about the project and silvopasture in…Continue
Added by Tracey Coulter on March 23, 2015 at 2:12pm — No Comments
As a follow-up to the webinar announcement below, the following silvopasture webinars have been archived on the Cornell ForestConnect youtube channel:https://www.youtube.com/user/ForestConnect …
Added by Peter Smallidge on June 16, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments
I am an Assistant Professor at Paul Smith’s College, in the Adirondacks of New York, and am conducting research in conjunction with the University of New Hampshire to assess the…Continue
Added by Joe Orefice on May 29, 2014 at 11:45am — No Comments
Webinar connection details for Wednesday June 4, 2014
Register here to receive direct notice of webinars.
Silvopasture is an agroforestry practice that sustainably produces timber, livestock, and forage on the same land. Current technologies, such as portable electric fence and management intensive rotational grazing enable managers options not available in previous decades. A key…Continue
Dear Silvopasture Ning Member:
You may be interested in the information below that provides details and the link for you to obtain your unique “registration id” for this month’s webinar. Note that webinars are live at noon and 7PM, for an hour each, but the meeting space is reserved from noon until 8PM. The topics for May and June address the development of silvopasture via trees into pasture (May 21) and growing forage in woodlands (June 18).…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on April 15, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments
In 2014 I’ll be conducting research to document and describe silvopastures and their management in NY and New England. The existence, extent, and type of silvopasture systems in the northeast is currently unknown. The series of interviews and inventories which will take place as part of this research will document and make available specific experiences of farmers with the practice of silvopasture in the region. It will also document the structural and…Continue
We will collect copies of presentations from speakers who presented at the 2nd NE Silvopasture Conference. Comments and thoughts from participants are quite welcome.