Changing the future of food and farming

Silvopastures, theory into practice

Event Date : March 10, 2018

Tamar Valley Organic Group meet at Chris Jones’ Woodland Valley Farm, Ladock, Cornwall TR2 4LE, 10:00 to 15:00.

Second only to shifting cultivation, agroforestry has been practised for many centuries throughout the world. Agroforestry can be utilised to increase biodiversity, protect and enhance watersheds, prevent land degradation, and increase the vitality of rural communities. Join Meghan Giroux to examine and discuss the theory and practice of agroforestry.

Meghan Giroux is the owner of Vermont Edible Landscapes and Interlace Agroforestry Farm and Consultancy. She is passionate about protecting and enhancing the natural resources of Vermont’s working landscapes and finding ways to help support and improve rural livelihoods.

The workshop will tackle how to practically implement trees into the landscape. You are encouraged to bring your own farm map ideally with North and South Markings on the map and contour lines, where Meghan will help you identify ideal spot to plant trees.

In a hilly pasture, with livestock, scenario, landscape can be enhanced by trees, not just for products such as Apples and Pears, but also for shelter, water retention, drainage, fodder and medicinal reasons, all helping livestock productivity. To this extent we have been presented with the opportunity to tap into Meghan’s wisdom, who is well versed to explain which trees have to go where, for what reason, in a pasture landscape.

Programme

  • What is agroforestry?
  • Global adoption
  • Climate change and agroforestry
  • Practices – application to English landscape
  • Policy – barriers and incentives
  • Lunch
  • Agroforestry implementation on your farm
  • Woodland Valley Farm visit – Design practice

Cost to Non TVOG members is £30, taken from you on the day, (Card payments can be taken) includes refreshments and pasty lunch. Please, be kind and e-mail me your intention to attend before hand for Pastie lunch numbers orders, by e-mailing luppod@gmail.com

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