Silvopasture in Practice

Sept. 7 – Oct 12

SteveSheepSilvopasture is the practice of integrating trees, grazing animals and forages in a mutually beneficial ecosystem that has been rated #1 among all agriculture solutions to a changing climate. In this course we will discuss the indigenous roots of silvopasture and agroforestry, learn best principles and practices and discuss strategies to convert woodlands to silvopasture and plant trees successfully in pasture.

Along the way, we use the natural ecology of the landscape, the inherent wisdom of the animals and innovative concepts such as tree fodder to create living, productive ecosystems that enhance habitat for both farm and wild animals.

This course includes videos, readings, case studies, weekly live webinars and Q&A, and previously recorded webinars from past offerings. Students get lifetime access to the content including the opportunity to tune into future courses as part of their tuition.

Join author of “Silvopasture: A Guide to Managing Grazing Animals, Forage Crops, and Trees in a Temperate Farm Ecosystem” and farmer Steve Gabriel, along with a range of special guest presenters sharing their knowledge and expertise including Fred Provenza, Connor Stedman, Brett Chedzoy, and more. The course is designed to mirror the chapters in the book and provide an enhanced study guide for anyone seeking to improve their livestock ecosystems.

Week 1: Defining Silvopasture Principles & Benefits
Week 2: History and Ecology
Week 3: The Animals
Week 4: Woodland Conversion
Week 5: Trees Into Pasture
Week 6: Putting it All Together

This course is available at a reduced rate of $50 to 20 PFI members on a first come, first serve basis. The full price for the course is $175/$200/$225; tiered pricing is based on household income and includes lifetime access to the course content, with annual webinars.

RSVP by August 24, 2020. When you RSVP, you will be sent enrollment instructions. Please contact Meghan Filbert with questions, meghan@practicalfarmers.org

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