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Silvopastures, Theory into Practice

Date: 10 March 2018 Location: Woodland Valley Farm

Please join us on Saturday 10th of March @ Chris Jones’, Woodland Valley Farm, Ladock, Cornwall TR2 4LE, From 10:00 to 15:00.

http://woodlandvalley.co.uk

With Meghan Giroux, Agroforestry Consultant, on 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.

This meeting has been in the Making ever since we had Stephen Briggs discuss his Agroforestry Nuffield Scholarship with the Tamar Valley Organic Group (+B) in 2013. Discussing Opportunities of trees to increase landscape productivity by 20 to 40%, mainly focusing on Arable and Row cropping of trees.

http://www.nuffieldinternational.org/rep_pdf/1341272658Stephen-Briggs-2011-report.pdf.

However in a hilly pasture, with livestock, scenario, landscape can be enhanced by trees, not just for product, as in 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:

Description:

Second only to shifting cultivation agroforestry is a set of ancient land use strategy practised for many centuries throughout our global community. 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 these multifunctional land use modalities.

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.

Strategies

1.      What is Agroforestry

a) Definitions & Classifications

b) Classifications (Global, Europe & United States)

2.       Global Adoption

3.      Climate Change and Agroforestry

4        Practices – Application to English Landscape

5        Policy – Barriers and Incentives (Chris)

6        Lunch

7        Agroforestry Implementation on Your Farm

8        Woodland Valley Farm Site Visit – Design Practicum

Please attend on the day. Cost to Non TVOG (+B) 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.