Temperate Tree Fodder - Virtual Seminar


Friday, December 10

10am to 4:30pm Eastern Time

Virtual via Zoom

*FREE* with a suggested $30 - 50 donation to benefit

Community Solidarity Agroforestry Fund


This event will explore the rich potential for utilizing tree fodder on temperate farm landscapes as a resilient source of food and medicine for grazing livestock.


Hosted by Steve Gabriel of Wellspring Forest Farm in New York, the day-long series of sessions will feature the work of a range of researchers and practitioners including Lindsay Whistance (Organic Research Centre, UK), Eliza Greenman (Tree Crops Specialist, HogTree), and Ashley Conway (Center for Agroforestry). 





This event is supported with funding from NE-SARE under project FNE 19-930, which supported tree fodder research at Wellspring Forest Farm.


Registration comes with a suggested donation of $30 - 50, with all proceeds donated to Silver Run Forest Farm’s Community Solidarity Agroforestry fund, which sends free trees to feed food sovereignty and ecological restoration projects led by land-loving liberating growers, movers, shakers, and medicine makers. This contribution is encouraged but no one will be turned away for a lack of funds. 


All sessions will convene online and be recorded and posted to www.SilvopastureBook.com for viewing along with temperate tree fodder species profile and literature review resources, which will be launched at the event. If you can't join us live, the best way to keep informed when materials are posted is to register!




















Lindsay Whistance, Senior Livestock Researcher at Organic Research Centre in the UK


I come from a farming background with several years’ experience as a stockperson before moving into research and am now a Senior Livestock Researcher at the Organic Research Centre in Cirencester, UK. I engage with various research areas related to livestock where diversity, sustainability and organic principles are central. Key interests include animal behaviour and welfare, focussing on how we might offer farm animals an environment in which they can live a good life. To this end, a major focus is researching the health and welfare benefits of offering animals access to trees in terms of browse, medicine and shelter. Other key interests are human-animal relationships and participatory research, working alongside farmers who wish to actively participate in seeking sustainable solutions and innovative practice.

Website: https://www.organicresearchcentre.com/about-us/our-team/lindsay-whistance


Eliza Greenman, Tree Crops Specialist


The living landscape today is peppered with secrets from the past, and most go completely unnoticed. I'm exploring the tree crops history of the US and rediscovering old remnant genetics and documentation in order to create innovative agroforestry systems for temperate climates. By giving biodiversity a human-scale purpose, we have a much better chance in preserving it.


Website: https://hogtree.com


Ashley Conway, Assistant Research Professor at

The Center for Agroforestry

Dr. Conway leads a lab working on investigating intensive integrated tree-forage-livestock systems (silvopasture) to raise livestock more sustainably. Projects are focused on understanding livestock interactions with forage, crops and trees in order to better understand the logistical, economic, environmental, and social dynamics of silvopasture systems in Missouri and the Midwest. We seek to better understand how to optimize animal performance and nutrition using silvopastoral production practices while maintaining or enhancing ecosystem services and tree performance. A systems-level approach will be used to measure animal performance, health and welfare, and environmental impact, and social factors associated with plantation silvopasture, managed woodland silvopasture, and other types of integrated livestock systems. Additional work in forage quality, browse nutrient composition, and alternative fodder species are also part of our work. Our goal is to develop scientifically-supported recommendations to producers to support silvopasture adoption.




Steve Gabriel, farmer, author, educator


Curiosity and passion for trees and forests led Steve down a path to developing skills in agroforestry, grazing management, and mushroom cultivation. He co-stewards Wellspring Forest Farm in Mecklenburg, NY with Elizabth and Aydin Gabriel where they produce maple syrup, pastured lamb, duck eggs, and mushrooms. He also works for the Cornell Small Farms program as an educator and researcher, facilitating both the Specialty Mushroom project as well as co-chairing the Cornell Agroforestry Program Work Team. 






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Silvopasture In Practice

(online course)

You can join the course anytime lifetime access to future live sessions!

NEXT LIVE SESSIONS: January and February 2022  (dates TBA)

Silvopasture 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. Material includes videos, readings, case studies, live webinars and Q&A, and previously recorded webinars from past offerings.


Students get immediate access to content when they register and then lifetime access to the content including the opportunity to tune into future live offerings.

Join author of SILVOPASTURE and farmer Steve Gabriel, along with a range of special guest presenters sharing their knowledge and expertise. 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.

PAST GUESTS (archived recordings)

- Fred Provenza on Animal Nutritional Wisdom, author

- Connor Stedman on Ecology and Wildlife Benefits of Silvopasture

- Brett Chedzoy, Angus Glen Farm, 350+ Acre Beef Silvopasture in NY

- Faith Gilbert of Letterbox Farm, on Financial Planning for Livestock

- Sarah Flack, author of Art and Science of Grazing


UPCOMING GUESTS (archived recordings)


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



$175/$200/$225 tiered pricing based on household income

includes lifetime access to the course content, with annual webinars.

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