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Emily Macdonald
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Michigan
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Berrien
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owner/producer
Please describe, with two or three sentences, why you are interested in silvopasture. Your answer helps us ensure that only those people truly interested in silvopasture are added as members.
I'm interested in producing lamb, forage, and tree products in an integrated intensively managed system.

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At 10:21am on November 1, 2018, Jonathan Bates said…

Hello Emily,

Fun to read about your experiences with trying tree foods with your animals :) I appreciate many of the qualities you are looking for in fodders. One that I am particularly interested in is establishment time! If I can find a handful of fast growing, well liked forages, those are the ones I'd like to plant. My new experience and research with Paulownia is showing me that, although it won't grow to a full tree in my climate, as a very large winter killed perennial, it has a lot of potential. The reason is, that it will grow significant biomass regardless of dying to the ground each winter. For example, the next fastest established, high biomass tree, so far that I've tried, that will also be eaten by my livestock, black locust, has THORNY ROOT SUCKERS!!! So, although I haven't given up on black locust, some of its characteristics aren't fabulous for me as the purveyor :) Willow, the next most impressive forage tree/shrub needs to be robust enough to come back and thrive after each browse. That's looking like 3 to 4 years before it can be successful in a silvopasture. Next, popular... probably beyond 4 years unless you plant out tons of trees, and then be willing to coppice them back to keep them at browse hight, otherwise you've just planted a forest! Which tree can we look to then for establishing the powerful technique called intensive silvopasture in the Northeast USA? https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/theworldpost/wp/2018/05/30/carbon-farming/?utm_term=.b366463e0cc9

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Woods-pastured pigs and goats

Started by Yotum Almor Sep 18. 0 Replies

Hi folks, our farm is considering a pig, goat rotation (keeping species separate) through our 80 acres of woodlands to manage invasives. I was wondering if anyone has trialed/attempted that. I was…Continue

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Started by Joanne Vaughn. Last reply by Joanne Vaughn Jun 11. 3 Replies

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Tell NY State Legislature and U.S. Congress what you think about soil health practices and legislation

Started by Nancy Jacobson. Last reply by Wesley Jarrell Jun 11. 1 Reply

Hi All,I work with a nonpartisan organization to lobby for more support for silvopasture and other soil-health practices at both the state and national level. A number of bills and programs have been…Continue

Agroforestry and its Challenges Investigation

Started by Anna Thompson Mar 24. 0 Replies

Hi All,         I am a master’s student at the University of Copenhagen in Agricultural Development.  For my thesis, I am investigating challenges and barriers to the implementation of and transition…Continue

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