Silvopasture is an ancient practice that combines forestry with pasture. It seeks to grow trees in areas where animals are pastured as a way to get double the amount of production out of one area of land while also contributing to the ecological health of that area.
Published on: April 19, 2017
RONKS, Pa. — Shaded pastures are among the more challenging conditions faced by anyone trying to establish a productive pasture. This scenario varies but often involves a grazier who wants to set up a very intentional form of silvopasture, managing both trees and forage to balance the productivity of both. To be clear, there is no forage crop you can grow well under full leaf canopy. Plants need some sunlight to perform photosynthesis, manufacture sugars, and grow. Although the ideal balance of needed conditions differs for each plant, there are also a set of basic requirements for any plant to thrive.
There is a movement rapidly gaining momentum worldwide to rehabilitate land devastated by industrial agriculture and population pressure. Supporting farmers, agro-foresters and permaculturalists working at the farm-scale is going to be an essential part of repairing the damage of the last century.