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A space where we investigate the possibilities of agroforestry, share experiences and analyse different strategies, tools and techniques. We bring you quality, in-depth content, so that we can build together regenerative agroforestry systems.
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The Regenerative Agroforestry Podcas‪t‬ Dimitri Tsitos & Etienne Compagnon

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A space where we investigate the possibilities of agroforestry, share experiences and analyse different strategies, tools and techniques. We bring you quality, in-depth content, so that we can build together regenerative agroforestry systems.
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    #18 Grazing turkeys in an organic fruit orchard with Garrett Miller

    #18 Grazing turkeys in an organic fruit orchard with Garrett Miller

    Garrett Miller has an unconventional path into agriculture, starting his farm at 22 and growing it into an extremely diverse enterprise since then. From cider production and a cider house, to strawberries and agrotourism, we were extremely interested in asking him questions about how he manages his business. Diversity is an inherent part of agroforestry systems, so understanding how farms manage a variety of productions is key. We then zoom in on how he integrates turkeys and apple trees, analysing the various benefits he has observed, such as reduced insect problems, better leaf decomposition and reduced weed pressure. Garrett is very satisfied with his silvopastural system, so tune in to find out why!
    • TABLE OF CONTENTS
    01:45 Intro to the Good Life Farm: story, context, production 
    17:05 Selling diversity 
    23:50 Direct selling and U-pick 
    33:45 Transformation as a sales strategy 
    39:05 Integrating turkeys in the orchard: understanding the system 
    51:10 Impact of turkeys on leaf decomposition and weed pressure 
    60:20 Turkeys’ impact on pest and diseases 
    01:05:20 Turkey’s impact on orchard management costs 
    01:07:10 Turkey scratching 
    01:11:20 Challenges integrating turkeys 
    01:14:45 Scaling the system 
    • RESOURCES
    https://www.instagram.com/flxciderhouse/
    http://www.fingerlakesciderhouse.com/
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    #17 Insights from research on agroforestry with Sally Westaway and Jo Smith

    #17 Insights from research on agroforestry with Sally Westaway and Jo Smith

    In our previous interviews with Iain Tolhurst (#10) and David Wolfe (#6), both mentioned the research undertook by the Organic Research Center on their farms. We really wanted to go one step further and understand what came out of these research projets. The result is a great interview with Sally Westaway and Jo Smith where we discuss interactions between crops and trees, the productivity of agroforestry and the results of their trials on wood chips. Sally and Jo do a great job at bringing some nuance to the conversation while also linking their research to very practical considerations. 
    • TABLE OF CONTENTS
    01:34 Introduction
    06:20 Interactions in Agroforestry systems
    25:21 Nuancing diversity 
    29:36 Biodiversity 
    36:02 Productivity of agroforestry and LER
    51:05 Ecosystem services of hedges
    57:45 Trials on wood chips 
    • RESOURCES
    https://www.organicresearchcentre.com/
    https://wakelyns.co.uk/
    https://www.tolhurstorganic.co.uk/
    https://www.regenerativeagroforestry.org/episodes/episode/28159983/10-fertile-woodchips-and-managing-the-tree-line-understory-with-iain-tolhurst
    https://www.regenerativeagroforestry.org/episodes/episode/9a9eeee3/6-managing-a-25-year-old-alley-cropping-system-with-david-wolfe
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    #16 Feedback from 40 years of pecan intercropping with Dan Shepherd

    #16 Feedback from 40 years of pecan intercropping with Dan Shepherd

    One of the key questions we are trying to answer is 'in what contexts does agroforestry work, or doesn't'. Dan started intercropping grains between his pecans before he knew it was called agroforestry, because it made sense to him at the time. The first part of the interview focuses on the business strategy of the farm. Whilst providing many tips and fascinating info, you'll also understand the context in which the agroforestry system sets itself. You will be able to understand the details of how he created and managed his intercropping operation, and follow the system whilst it gains maturity. Dan expresses some of his concerns with intercropping in more recent times, and when asked if he would do it again, he provides a surprising answer. We hope you enjoy!
    • TABLE OF CONTENTS
    00:01:21 Introduction of farm and pecan agroforestry system
    00:13:20 Business strategy behind diversifying farm production
    00:25:10 Direct selling 300 acres worth of pecans
    00:29:35 Creating a quality product
    00:33:27 The importance of scale
    00:45:15 Why start intercropping the pecan orchard?
    00:53:05 Challenges with managing both the intercrop and the tree crop
    00:57:00 Trendsetting instead of doing what everybody else is doing
    01:00:25 Managing the intercrop strategy with an evolving orchard
    01:08:45 Competition between intercrop and tree crop
    01:17:05 Silvopasture challenges
    01:19:45 Management of the tree row
    01:24:10 Biggest mistakes
    • RESOURCES
    http://shepherdfarms.com/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDcBULb4WsE&t=8s
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    #15 Ducks and stacking entreprises on a small farm with Josh Heyneke

    #15 Ducks and stacking entreprises on a small farm with Josh Heyneke

    We have the pleasure of talking with Josh Heyneke from Parc Carreg in Wales. In just 4 years Josh and his partner Abi have achieved a lot and we dig deep into his main enterprise : pastured duck eggs. Because they have quite a small acreage they have stacked enterprises and we wanted to understand the interactions between them. We get a detailed understanding of what it takes to raise ducks, how they control certain pests and what their behaviour means for weeding and mulching perennial crops. We also touch on blueberry production and the best options for mulching them in a humid climate. We conclude the interview with a discussion of the tree lines that they have planted to subdivide the initial pasture and how he manages such a diversified production model. 
    • TABLE OF CONTENTS
    00:01:34 Introduction
    00:10:07 Main productions and climate
    00:14:53 Market
    00:23:05 Duck egg production
    00:30:01 Impact of ducks on voles and slugs
    00:34:30 Rotation of ducks on the farm
    00:42:30 Integrating ducks with berries
    00:48:31 Motivations for integrating them both. 
    00:54:22 Impact of ducks on grass
    01:02:09 Planting the understory of the blueberries 
    01:05:44 Mulching: limits of wood chips
    01:14:46 Planting tree rows
    01:22:25 Main reasons for planting tree rows
    01:25:06 How to manage so much diversity? 
    • RESOURCES
    https://www.parccarreg.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/parccarreg/
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    #14 Integrating fruit trees and arable crops with Stephen Briggs

    #14 Integrating fruit trees and arable crops with Stephen Briggs

    Another fascinating interview with a leader and pioneer in the field. Stephen Briggs, managing Whitehall Farm in the UK, delves into the details of his apple intercropping system, and shows us how his farm operation has benefited from the positive interactions of his trees and his arable crops. He is convinced of the strategic benefits agroforestry provides, both for his business and agro-ecosystem. Needless to say, he also has made many mistakes, and shares with us what he would do differently. He finished off discussing where he believes agroforestry is heading in the next 10 years. A must listen, enjoy!
    • TABLE OF CONTENTS
    00:01:25 Introduction 
    00:11:50 Agroforestry system description
    00:18:56 Tree line grass management
    00:23:10 Interaction between trees and crops
    00:30:10 Pest pressure and soil biology
    00:36:15 3D farming and agroforestry productivity
    00:38:21 Lessons learnt and practical tips
    00:43:50 Tree mulch to manage weed pressure
    00:45:03 Controlled traffic farming system
    00:46:50 Integrating tree and arable work flows
    00:50:25 Integrating apple sales into the business
    00:55:14 Acquiring new knowledge and time management
    00:59:14 Managed complexity
    01:01:25 Next steps for Whitehall Farm
    01:04:50 The future of agroforestry
    01:10:15 Planting trees on rented land   
    • RESOURCES
    https://abacusagri.com/
    https://www.agricology.co.uk/field/farmer-profiles/stephen-briggs
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    #13 Sheep silvopasture and farm ecology with Steve Gabriel

    #13 Sheep silvopasture and farm ecology with Steve Gabriel

    In this episode Steve Gabriel shares with us his experience on Wellspring Forest Farm, focusing on his sheep silvopasture system. Steve has used the different ecological niches present on his land to build up various enterprises and has refused to separate productions, preferring rather to take advantage of interactions and edge effects. You'll find out how he uses trees to diversify the habitat of his sheep and how this very same diversity can become a key asset in time of crisis. We also cover the importance of the breed, the role of tree fodder, patterns of tree planting and many other fascinating things!
    • TABLE OF CONTENTS
    00:01:54 Introduction 
    00:05:33 Wellspring Forest Farm context 
    00:09:42 Starting with ecological niches 
    00:14:47 Ecosystems of the farm
    00:18:22 Silvopasture systems on the farm
    00:21:37 Creating diversity between paddocks
    00:27:22 Dealing with complexity and diversity 
    00:30:48 Trees systems
    00:36:57 Why mix pasture and trees? 
    00:44:07 Planting in clusters vs planting in lines
    00:46:01 How do you protect young trees from animals?
    00:50:57 Limits of stacking productions
    00:57:58 Tree fodder 
    01:07:48 Potential to mechanise tree fodder collection
    01:14:56 Role of breed in tree fodder acceptance 
    01:18:25 Managing the rotation of the flock
    01:23:25 Advice for setting up a silvopasture  
    • RESOURCES
    http://www.wellspringforestfarm.com/
    https://www.chelseagreen.com/product/silvopasture/
    • GET IN TOUCH www.regenerativeagroforestry.org
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    • 1 hr 24 min

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