Changing the future of food and farming

Research projects

Silvo-Poultry: An Agroforestry System for Organic Chicken Production at Sheepdrove Organic Farm

Contract Period : 01/01/2001 - 31/12/2002

Main Funder : Juliet and Peter Kindersley

ORC Staff Contact : Jo Smith

In collaboration with Sheepdrove Organic Farm in Berkshire we designed a novel silvopoultry system which is integrated into the farm’s organic rotation.

Project Aims:

In collaboration with Sheepdrove Organic Farm in Berkshire we designed a novel silvopoultry system which is integrated into the farm’s organic rotation. Planted in 2002, five avenues of trees, hedges and shrubs, with 40m between avenues, provide a stimulating environment for broiler chickens as well as a valuable habitat for farmland wildlife and opportunities for community involvement in hedgerow foraging for fruits and nuts.