Join agroforestry expert Steve Gabriel for a morning lecture and afternoon farm walk looking at the 'Promise and Practice of Silvopasture.'
The concept of silvopasture challenges our notions of both modern agriculture and land use, integrating trees, animals, and forages in a whole-system approach to farming. Such a system not only can help to regenerate farmland, but also provides an economical livelihood and even the ability to farm extensively while buffering the effects of a changing climate: increased rainfall, longer droughts, and more intense storm events.
During this lecture and farm walk, Steve Gabriel will demonstrate the benefits and approaches to integrating trees, livestock, and forages into one farm system, while building soil health and resiliency on the land.
Steve’s lecture will be followed by a pub lunch at Helen Browning’s Royal Oak Pub, followed by a pasture walk on Helen Browning's agroforestry plot, exploring the ways different site qualities inform tree selection, layout, and rotational grazing practices.
About Steve Gabriel:
Steve Gabriel, author of Silvopasture and Farming the Woods (with Ken Mudge), is an ecologist, educator, and a forest farmer who has lived most of his life in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Steve passionately pursues work to reconnect people to the forested landscape and see the value of trees and forests for a truly regenerative future. He is Agroforestry Extension Specialist for the Cornell Small Farm Program and co-owns Wellspring Forest Farm & School with his wife Elizabeth, where they produce mushrooms, maple syrup, duck eggs, pastured lamb, and elderberry extract, all from forest-based systems.
A copy of Steve's book entitled Silvopasture will also be available to purchase with a special 30% discount.
11.00 Arrival and refreshments
11.30 The Promise and Practice of Silvopasture - Growing Trees in Grazing Systems - Steve Gabriel
12.30 Hearty lunch and refreshments
13.30 Agroforestry plot tour
Helen Browning's Royal Oak
Cues Lane, Bisopstone, SN6 8PP
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