Agroforestry in Practice: a 3-day training for Service Providers

Agroforestry in Practice: 3-day training for Service Providers
October 17, 18, and 19, 2017
Montour Falls, NY at the Schuyler County Cooperative Extension

2016 08 08 09.22.21 1 ydqo9bAgroforestry is the science and art of combining trees and forests with crop production. It is a topic of great interest to many landowners and farmers and offers many promising enterprises including maple syrup, log mushroom cultivation, silvopasture (combining trees and livestock) and others.

Research has established agroforestry as one of the most promising approaches to land use that both provides an economic return and supports environmental health.

This three-day course is designed for service providers including extension educators, farm non-profit organizations, public and private foresters, and consultants who routinely work with landowners and farmers to implement best practices.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Schuyler County Cooperative Extension, Cornell Small Farms Program, with support from NE SARE, Penn State, and the USDA National Agroforestry Center.

sp conf brochure pic1 1w1nbjwThe training will include both classroom time as well as many outings to established agroforestry farms to see these systems in practice first hand, including:

Angus Glen Farm, a 300 acre cattle grazing operation utilizing forestry management and innovative silvopasture systems, co-owned by extension forester and farmer Brett Chedzoy.

Wellspring Forest Farm, which produces log-grown shiitake mushrooms, maple syrup, and grazes sheep and ducks in silvopasture, co-owned by Steve Gabriel, agroforestry extension specialist with Cornell Small Farms Program.

The Good Life Farm and Finger Lakes Cider House, which offers a premier example of orchard alley cropping and animal integration, co-owned by Melissa Madden and Garrett Miller.

Arnot Forest & Maple Sugaring Research Site, a 4,200 acre forest engaged in active foresty management and research specific to advancing maple sugaring production.

DOWNLOAD the current agenda (subject to minor changes)

**BONUS: Stick around for a one-day workshop on Black Locust as a profitable cash crop on Oct 20** CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS


A limited number of rooms on hold until the end of August at the Falls Motel and the Colonial Inn, group rate for the rooms is around $100/night and the reservations can be referenced by saying “SARE Agroforestry Training”.
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2016grades 16yimmtEarly bird registration for this three-day training is $85, which includes lunch each day, transportation to field trips, and handouts.

PLEASE NOTE: This training is intended for service providers, such as extension educators, government officials, and consultants who support farmers and landowners on a regular basis.

Contact for Questions:
Steve Gabriel
Cornell Small Farms Program

Steve Gabriel

Steve is an Extension Specialist focused on specialty mushroom production and agroforestry. Throughout his career, Steve has taught thousands of people about the ways farming and forestry can be combined to both benefit the ecology and economies of small farms.  He is also a farmer, author, hiker, and musician.