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International Silvopasture Congress, Uruguay

Hey all,

I recently went down to Argentina and Uruguay, for the Argentine Silvopasture Congress and International Silvopasture Congress in Buenos Aires and Montevideo. Attendees totaled 500 or so, between the two conferences. A few high-level takeaways: 

1. The room was full of agronomists, more so than ecologists. The discussion is very matter-of-fact and pragmatic, in that silvopasture is an established, financially-beneficial practice there. The discussion does not…


Added by Harry Greene on November 15, 2023 at 9:20am — No Comments

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…


Added by Casey Pfeifer on August 1, 2023 at 11:53am — No Comments

The silvopastures of the Bluegrass

I have worked for many years in the woodland pasture ecosystem of the Bluegrass, called by the renowned ecologist E. Lucy Braun "the most anomalous vegetation in North America.

Through my research, I discovered that this is an ancient ecosystem established by American bison before European settlement. Farmers who settled here found…


Added by Tom Kimmerer on June 20, 2023 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Irish Agroforestry Forum Silvopasture Webinar

Added by Maureen Kilgore on January 24, 2023 at 5:43pm — No Comments

Orchard / Silvopasture Manager Needed

Job posting

Orchard Manager ++

(full time & permanent)

All For One One For All (AOOA) is a 14 acre non-profit regenerative silvopasture farm, farm stand, education center and soon restaurant and small scale distillery in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley. The name of the farm is inspired by the famous proclamation in Alexandre Dumas’ Three…


Added by A Daguin on November 13, 2022 at 11:14am — No Comments

Silvo-Poultry Research update

Some interesting research results emerging from this SARE funded project.

Added by Adam Downing on October 17, 2022 at 12:24pm — No Comments

New Silvopasture Producer Videos

10 Videos of Producers utilizing Silvopasture!

Personal experiences, best practices and challenges

Thanks to the initial effort of Dr. John Fike & John Munsell to get $ NAC and an awesome videographer and especially to all the producers who shared their talent & time. 

On behalf of The…


Added by Adam Downing on August 4, 2022 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Apple trees that go well with cattle?


I'm a student in Mizzou's agroforestry program and I'm intending to write a paper on apple (Malus spp.) varieties and cultivars that might work well for establishing in multi-tree species silvopastures. There seems to be more research and discussion about sheep grazing among apple trees than there is for cattle, yet I know grazing cattle under apples is common in parts of central Asia (e.g. Kyrgyzstan) and Europe (e.g. Poland). Ideally, I'm looking for something that could be…


Added by Matthew Fagan on February 19, 2022 at 3:02pm — 3 Comments

Introducing Forest Farming and Silvopasture to the Small Farms Community

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Oswego County hosted a free online workshop through Zoom on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. This workshop explored some of the different ways the small farms community can develop greater resilience by adopting agroforestry practices. This workshop gives a broad overview of agroforestry with special attention focusing on forest farming and silvopasture. Guest speakers were Professor Emeritus Dr. Kenneth Mudge, from the School of…


Added by Joshua Vrooman on December 29, 2021 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Michigan Silvopasture Videos Series Completed

Thanks to the help of Brett Chedzoy, Julie, Monica, and me were able to complete a videos series on silvopasture that will help educate producers and foresters in Michigan. Click here to see what we were able to accomplish. 

Added by Kable Thurlow on August 25, 2021 at 8:05am — No Comments

Creating silvopasture from EAB infested woodland


In 2013 our family acquired a 23 acre property that was the first site where EAB was detected in Monroe County. From what we have learned, in an attempt to control the EAB the Ash were all cut, and apparently so were the accessible Oaks and Black…


Added by Joanne Vaughn on September 16, 2020 at 7:55pm — No Comments

Tree Fodder Silage Experiment Video and Invitation for Comments

Hey Folks. I wanted to share this video I made of an experiment ensiling tree and shrub species in a five gallon bucket. I was inspired by a Mexican Agave silage project, where they ensiled Agave leaves in five gallon buckets for a nutritious climate fighting solution using livestock and climate appropriate food producing polyculture systems. I foresee a time where it will be more expensive to use a tractor to make round bales, and silage for winter feed. I also foresee a time when more and…


Added by Jonathan Bates on August 31, 2020 at 1:27pm — 3 Comments

Tree And Herb Silvopasture Forage Trial Establishment Round Bale Nursery

Thought I'd share this video I just uploaded about my silvopasture forage estabishment trials in Brooktondale, NY. Enjoy!

Added by Jonathan Bates on December 17, 2019 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Best ways to add trees to pasture

Hello folks!

I'm looking for the best ways to get trees into active pastures, while having livestock grazing. I haven't yet found an option that is cheap, effective, and low-maintenance enough to really qualify for large-scale plantings. 

I'm also interested in what folks have tried, and what has worked/not worked. 

Here are the current best options I see:

Fool-proof but expensive:…


Added by Austin Unruh on February 5, 2019 at 1:15pm — 1 Comment

looking for help extreme northwest ohio

hi i am new here and looking for advice. i live in extreme northwest ohio and am in my 50's. my goal is to get my 3 angus breeders 1 bull and 6 calves part of my farm to be as self sufficient and low maint. as possible for my retirement.

i am currently putting in high tension perimeter fence utilizing honey locust post cut from my woods. i have 3 -1.5 acre front open pastures with permanent water and am working on fencing and thinning an additional 10 + acres of woods. the wooded…


Added by jeff eby on December 10, 2018 at 9:41am — 6 Comments

Forest Vegetation Management - FVM Network

Cornell's ForestConnect program is facilitating a network of forest vegetation practitioners to identify research needs and collectively build knowledge of safe and effective techniques. This network will focus on vegetation management in forest and woodlot environments using herbicide, mechanical or livestock methods. …


Added by Peter Smallidge on September 5, 2018 at 9:27am — No Comments

Truthful corrections on the values and benefits of grass-fed meat

There is no end to the falsehoods, innuendo, and misconception that is offered against the benefits and valueof grass-fed livestock. Here a recent blog, of UK origin, that addresses some of the more common errors of thought. It's well worth the read.…


Added by Peter Smallidge on April 10, 2018 at 4:18pm — No Comments

FREE Webinars on Silvopasture

We are offering these webinars to share knowledge and in support of our Kickstarter campaign for a new book on Silvopasture, coming out this June.

Wednesday, February 28

12pm - 1pm EST

The Potential for Silvopasture

Learn about different combinations of animals, trees, livestock from around the world with farmers Steve Gabriel and Brett Chedzoy.


Monday, March 5

12 - 1pm EST

Climate Change…


Added by Steve Gabriel on February 24, 2018 at 8:16am — No Comments

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Off-grid low flow rate pumps

Started by Scott O'Bar. Last reply by Scott O'Bar Jun 1. 2 Replies

Anyone know of some 12v water pumps that can produce a small trickle of water through a very small diameter tube. Interested in putting cattle on my property, but the water situation is difficult.Continue

willow fodder block

Started by Emily Macdonald. Last reply by Emily Macdonald May 6. 2 Replies

Can anyone share experiences with willow fodder for sheep?  What cultivars did you use? Good sources for obtaining cuttings? What density did you plant?  How did it work out? Did the sheep like…Continue

Forages, Grasses, Legumes

Started by Travis Hermance Mar 18. 0 Replies

I am clearing my woodlots for silvopasture in the Mid-Hudson River Valley in New York State. Can anyone recommend a good mixture of grasses and legumes that are more shade tolerate for my new…Continue

Pasture in forest practitioners tend to have higher uptake of climate-smart forestry practices?

Started by Robbie Coville Mar 15. 0 Replies

Months ago I had read that woodland graziers tend to have higher acceptance of forest management activities: logging, thinning, mechanical interventions, prescribed burning, chemical treatments,…Continue


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