Silvopasture—integrating trees into pastures—can help address many common problems faced by livestock producers, including heat stress, cold stress, and feed shortages. It can also help protect local waterways and create more healthy, abundant farm ecosystems.
Join us at Baken Creek Farm, a small diversified vegetable and pastured livestock operation in Perry County, Pennsylvania, where farmers Katie and Gray Turner will give us a tour of the silvopasture they’re establishing for their flock of Katahdin sheep.
Austin Unruh, founder of Trees for Graziers, will walk through how you can evaluate your own pastures and develop a plan to integrate trees in a way that best suits the needs of your animals and your land. He’ll cover what varieties work best for different systems, budgeting and labor considerations, funding sources for silvopasture plantings, and much more.
Pasa’s Lucas Waybright will share information about how to get involved with our new, collaborative Dairy Grazing Project, which can help your farm transition to or improve pasture-based systems and connect you with premium markets.
Lunch will be provided by the LEAF Project, a neighboring farm with a mission of cultivating youth leaders from diverse backgrounds through meaningful work in the food system.