An immersive introduction to a variety of Agroforestry principles and practices with on-the-ground examples and expertise from academics and practitioners alike.  The program will start Saturday morning with several seminars, panel discussions & then move to the field for the afternoon with farm visits.

Saturday May 18, 8:30am to 5:00pm (AM seminars & panels, PM field/farm visits)

Detailed agenda 

Schedule (subject to change)

8:00 - 8:30 AM: Registration & continental breakfast

8:30 - 8:40 AM: Welcome: Adam Downing, VCE

8:40 - 9:10 AM: Introduction to agroforestry and silvopasture: John Fike, VT

9:10 - 9:40 AM: Whole farm planning: Tim Mize, VCE

9:40 - 10:00 AM: Coffee break

10:00 - 10:30 AM: Transitioning from a pasture-based laying hen operation to a forest-based practice: Kate Bowen, Pastured Poultry Farmer

10:30 - 11:00 AM: Silvopasture and poultry welfare: Leonie Jacobs, VT

11:00 - 12:15 PM: Panel Discussion: Practicalities of an agroforestry production system. Austin Unruh (Trees for Graziers), Kate Bowen, Stesha Warren (Appalachian Sustainable Development)

12:15 - 1:00 PM: Lunch @ JMU Arboretum 

1:00 - 5:00 PM: Farm visits

  • Visit farm 1: Silver Run Forest Farm and Folk School: nursery (forest farm)
  • Visit farm 2: Large-scale Broiler Chicken Silvopasture Farm (Clay Miller, Broadway)
  • Visit farm 3: Buck and AJ Holsinger Homeplace Farm: Cattle Silvopasture

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Section Title
Agroforestry Field Day
8:30AM to 5:00PM
May 18, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Edith J. Carrier Arboretum at JMU
Fee $40.00
Section Notes

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum at JMU

780 University Blvd, Harrisonburg, VA 22807
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