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Webinar Connection Details: Expanding Silvopasture Wednesday June 18, 2014

As a follow-up to the webinar announcement below, the following silvopasture webinars have been archived on the Cornell ForestConnect youtube channel:https://www.youtube.com/user/ForestConnect     …

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Added by Peter Smallidge on June 16, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Request for Silvopasture Practitioners

Orefice Silvopasture Abstract.pdf 

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…

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Added by Joe Orefice on May 29, 2014 at 11:45am — No Comments

Silvopasture Development: Trees into Pasture

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…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on May 2, 2014 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Webinar Connection Details: Expanding Silvopasture Wednesday April 16, 2014

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).…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on April 15, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Seeking silvopasture practitioners in NY and New England

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…

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Added by Joe Orefice on March 24, 2014 at 11:13am — 1 Comment

Second Northeast Silvopasture Conference, Latham NY January 2014

We will collect copies of presentations from speakers who presented at the 2nd NE Silvopasture Conference.  Comments and thoughts from participants are quite welcome.

Pasture Into Woodlands (Smallidge)

Added by Peter Smallidge on January 29, 2014 at 10:22pm — 1 Comment

Silvopasture farms willing to host visit from DC?

Hello all,

I work for the USDA National Agroforestry Center, and we are looking for a few farms that would be willing to host a visit from policymaker-types in DC in the future - to show what silvopasture is, and the role agroforestry can play in providing food/products as well as addressing economic, social, and environmental challenges of today. If you would be willing to host such a visit - and are located 2 hours or less from DC, please email me at…

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Added by Colleen Rossier on December 9, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Food safety modernization act, gap, & silvopasture

I would like to start a discussion regarding the proposed FSMA regulation from the FDA. I have been told by the Maryland Department of Agriculture that my tree crops will be considered unfit for human consumption if I graze my animals around my trees. The comment period ends in November, I realize most people are not planting fruit, nut, cane, & vine crops in their silvopasture systems, but if you are or think you may in the future these changes will make it impossible for you to sell them… Continue

Added by Keith Ohlinger on October 18, 2013 at 9:16am — 9 Comments

Silvopasturing at the Stone Barns Center

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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Added by Brett Chedzoy on August 16, 2013 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Workshop Materials from the Silvopasture Field Day - McVeytown, PA - June 7th 2013

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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Added by Brett Chedzoy on June 14, 2013 at 12:11pm — No Comments

Scheduled maintenance

Just wanted to give everyone a heads up that MING needs to perform some simple but necessary maintenance on this site on Wednesday, March 27. They will need to take the site down at 10 pm Pacific for about 3 hours during which they will simply show a message asking folks to check back later. Thanks in advance for your patience while they tune up the site!

Added by Peter Smallidge on March 21, 2013 at 5:34pm — No Comments

Reducing forest density for acceptable forage growth

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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Added by Brett Chedzoy on March 15, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Agroforestry Field Day at the Big Flats Plant Materials Center

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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Added by Brett Chedzoy on November 20, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Silvopasture Day Course Materials

Thank you to everyone who attended the two "Silvopasture Day Courses" at Black Queen Angus Farm in Berlin, NY on August 24th, and at Wellscroft Fence Company in Harrisville, NH on August 25th.  Also, thank you to the Hudson-Mohawk RC&D Council, the Granite State Graziers, NY GLCI, Albany CCE, Albany SWCD and others for helping to organize and make those events possible!

85 graziers, foresters and agency folks participated in the two workshops.  This was the first time that we have…

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Added by Brett Chedzoy on September 14, 2012 at 3:38pm — No Comments

FREE Agroforestry Training Workshops Offered in Central Pennsylvania.The PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry, Penn State and Shaver's Creek Environmental Center will host two agroforestry workshops in May. A…

FREE Agroforestry Training Workshops Offered in Central Pennsylvania.



The PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry, Penn State and Shaver's Creek Environmental Center will host two agroforestry workshops in May.



Agroforestry is the intentional integration of trees and shrubs in combination with crops or livestock to create a system that is managed to provide economic, environmental and social benefits to landowners. The 5 key practices of agroforestry are Silvopasture – the…

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Added by Tracey Coulter on April 13, 2012 at 8:37am — No Comments

Story in the Cornell Chronicle

Check this out...some nice publicity about silvopasture via Cornell University's "Chronicle."  The story page has useful links.

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Added by Peter Smallidge on April 13, 2012 at 7:32am — No Comments

SARE research

Hey everyone,

I thought some of you might be interested in a 2012 SARE Farmer Grant I received to experiment with silvopasture systems on my farm in Riverview, Saranac, NY.  Here's a link to the project overview:

http://mysare.sare.org/mySARE/ProjectReport.aspx?do=viewRept&pn=FNE12-762&y=2012&t=2 

I'd be very interested to receive input from you all…

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Added by Joe Orefice on March 27, 2012 at 4:10pm — 1 Comment

Two articles about hardwood silvopasture management in North America

Hi everyone!

Here are two interesting journal articles about silvopasture in the hardwood regions of the United States-

Hardwood silvopasture in North America by H.E. Garrett, M.S. Kerley, K.P. Ladyman, W.D. Walter, L.D. Godsey, J.W. Van Sambeek and D.K. Brauer

The University of Missouri completed research to try to minimize the gap in silvopasture management of hardwoods in the US. This article discusses the short-term positive effects of grazing trials, and how…

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Added by Gabriella DiGiovanni on March 26, 2012 at 10:39am — No Comments

Suitable Species

I was recently asked the following questions regarding animal and tree species for silvopastures: 

"... is silvopasture just suitable to beef breeds? Or would dairy and dual purpose breeds be equally suited to Silvopasture?  I was also wondering about tree species composition. Obviously allelopathic species like Black Walnut are not conducive to growing good forage, but could you use a super dense Hemlock grove for a living barn (relying on hay for feed…

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Added by Brett Chedzoy on February 6, 2012 at 1:47pm — 1 Comment

Silvopastures on marginal sites

A friend recently inquired if it would be possible to convert her low site-index oak/white pine woods into silvopatures to expand the grazeable acreage on her cattle farm.  Most any site can be managed to grow forages and browse for livestock grazing, but not every site can grow enough food to make the investment worthwhile.  Another consideration is the senstivitiy of the site, particularly in the case of steep slopes or poorly drained…

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Added by Brett Chedzoy on February 6, 2012 at 11:08am — No Comments

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Silvopasturing Webinars and Videos

Started by Brett Chedzoy 17 hours ago. 0 Replies

There's a growing list of webinars and videos on silvopasturing in the Northeast.  Here are links to some of the ones that I know of (one-stop shopping)A somewhat dated overview webinar:…Continue

The value of growing valuable trees in silvopastures

Started by Brett Chedzoy yesterday. 0 Replies

I had the opportunity to tour a local sawmill last week with Cornell Master Forest Owner trainees.  I've toured this mill many times in the past, but always learn something new.  Some interesting…Continue

protecting young trees during fly season

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Jim Medeiros Aug 3. 1 Reply

As we get ready to move our 5 bulls from the "bull pen" pastures this weekend off to their respective breeding groups and other parts of the farm, I'm reminded that we're currently at the height of…Continue

Petersham, MA silvopasture harvest

Started by Jeff Jourdain Aug 3. 0 Replies

The last post were recent photos of a silvopasture harvest in Petersham, MA.  The harvest is being carried out as a whole tree harvest with the tops and softwood pulp being chipped and sent to a…Continue

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