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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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    #31 Designing, planting and managing a silvopasture system with Brett Chedzoy

    #31 Designing, planting and managing a silvopasture system with Brett Chedzoy

    We have the pleasure of welcoming back Brett Chedzoy on the podcast. While last time we dedicated much of the conversation to transforming woods into a productive silvopasture, this time we focus on planting trees into pasture. We go into a lot of depth into the design of such plantations as well as their management implications. We conclude the interview by discussing his way of using coniferous plantations to shelter his herd from extreme winter storms and how that is saving him from building expensive infrastructure.  
    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    00:01:46 Introduction 
    00:07:08 Why bring trees into pasture and which ones
    00:21:21 Design process
    00.44:20 How do we combine high quality forestry with silvopasture? 
    00:51:06 What simple systems for easy adoption by livestock farmers? 
    01:00:25 Implementation and management 
    01:29:10 When to reintroduce animals into the plantation? 
    01:35:39 Living barns  
    • RESOURCES
    https://silvopasture.ning.com/
    https://sites.google.com/site/theangusglenfarm/home
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    • 1 時間48分
    #30 Soil fertility and the role of trees in the agricultural transition by Francis Bucaille

    #30 Soil fertility and the role of trees in the agricultural transition by Francis Bucaille

    Francis Bucaille is a leader in the field of agronomy. Farmer, consultant, educator, author and owner of Gaiago, he has built a reputation nuancing some of the commonly held beliefs of regenerative agricultural practices. As a soil expert he talks about the key principles of agroecology, why fungi and lignin are so important, and how trees can help farmers improve their soil. This interview contributes to our ongoing investigation as to how trees can be an agronomic tool for farmers. Their impact on soil health and fertility is a natural place to start. Enjoy!
    • TABLE OF CONTENTS
    02:00 - Francis' story and his vision of agriculture
    20:10 - Cover crops, questioning agroecological beliefs, and practical agronomy 
    32:45 - How to get started and his key agronomical principles
    42:05 - The importance of fungi for soil health
    46:30 - Key agronomical principles continued 
    55:50 - The role of agroforestry
    1:04:50 - The potential of rameal chipped wood for soil health and why we shouldn't feed 'salad' to soil organisms 
    1:15:10 - Meeting soil health objectives with   
    • RESOURCES
    https://www.gaiago.eu/
    https://www.dunod.com/sciences-techniques/revitaliser-sols-diagnostic-fertilisation-protection
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNdCItE62Ds
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jIu5-x7rJs
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    #29 How trees can increase livestock's welfare and productivity with Lindsay Whistance

    #29 How trees can increase livestock's welfare and productivity with Lindsay Whistance

    Dr Lindsay Whistance is a Livestock Researcher at the Organic Research Center in the UK. Through her extensive knowledge of silvopasture, she enables us to see agroforestry from the animal’s perspective. Trees can provide livestock with shelter, food, medicine and even encourage social interactions between animals. These benefits are not only important to provide livestock with a stimulating and pleasant environment but they also reduce sources of stress and increase the productivity of the herd. The discussion focuses on cows but anyone considering to integrate livestock and trees will find this conversation fascinating and full of data. 
    • TABLE OF CONTENTS
    05:24 : What is the ORC? 
    10:30 Seeing trees from the perspective of livestock 
    13:51 Effect of cold on livestock 
    15:57 Effects of hot weather 
    24:09 Trees for nutrition
    36:57 Anti-parasitic tanins 
    39:55 Fodder in times of drought
    45:57 Influence of trees on the social behaviour 
    54:37 What tree cover to aim for? 
    57:54 Some agroforestry designs 
    01:09:15 What are the main obstacles to implementing agroforestry systems? 
    01:15:54 Increased biodiversity  
    • RESOURCES
    https://www.organicresearchcentre.com/about-us/our-team/lindsay-whistance/
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    #28 How leucaena can double cattle units per hectare and transform profitability with Jaime Elizondo

    #28 How leucaena can double cattle units per hectare and transform profitability with Jaime Elizondo

    After many years of experimentation, Jaime Elizondo is scaling his leucaena silvopasture system in order to increase his stocking rate from 3 to 6 cattle units per hectare: doubling his profitability.
    This bold statement has been made by one of the most experienced regenerative graziers we know of, and shouldn't be taken lightly. Beyond improving his grass productivity and providing fodder for his cows, Jaime is planting trees for a multitude of benefits such as biodiversity, cattle wellbeing and soil regeneration.
    In this interview Jaime is talking directly to farmers and graziers with a wealth of practical information as we break down key topics in his pollarding system. He discusses how he establishes the trees, rotates the animals around them, how he pollards and how cattle digest strong chemical compounds produced by trees.
    We hope you enjoy!
    • TABLE OF CONTENTS
    02:00 - Introduction
    09:20 - Why started planting trees
    15:20 - Why leucaena?
    18:30 - Tree density and cattle stocking rate
    20:50 - How to direct seed leucaena
    30:25 - Competition between trees and grass
    34:00 - Adapted animal genetics for silvopasture
    38:00 - Leucaena rate of inclusion in cattle feed intake
    39:40 - Pollarding vs direct browsing of leucaena
    44:05 - Fencing and protecting trees
    48:30 - Tree - grass interactions and tree densities
    53:10 - Silvopasture and non-selective grazing rotations
    • RESOURCES
    https://www.rwranching.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/RealWealthRanching
    https://www.instagram.com/realwealthranching/?hl=en
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    #27 Practical feedback on establishing silvopastoral systems with Ben Raskin

    #27 Practical feedback on establishing silvopastoral systems with Ben Raskin

    Ben Raskin is Head of Horticulture and Agroforestry at the Soil Association. He is also working at Eastbrook Farm in the UK, where he is overseeing the implementation of various agroforestry systems over the last few years, mainly focused on silvopasture. Ben gives us some detailed feedback on these first years on the farm : the design of the different fields, what species they have chosen and why, as well as how they approached weed control and tree protection from livestock. Ben is passionate about wood chips and he explains how they are using them on the farm and with what results. We also discuss how to integrate agroforestry in the workflow and skillset of an existing large scale farm.
    • TABLE OF CONTENTS
    01:17 Introduction
    06:52 Eastbrook farm
    08:17 Motives for planting trees
    13:17 Agroforestry systems on the farm
    29:22 Suppressing weeds and wood chips
    41:47 Scaling the supply of woodchips
    49:07 Protecting trees
    57:39 Bringing the agroforestry skillset onto farms
    01:07:17 Knowledge and managing a complex system
    01:12:02 Selling the produce of diversification
    01:18:29 Mistakes and learnings 
    • RESOURCES
    https://helenbrowningsorganic.co.uk/eastbrook-farm/
    https://www.soilassociation.org/farmers-growers/technicalinformation/agroforestry-handbook/
    https://www.benraskin.com/general-8
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    • 1 時間22分
    #26 Holistic grazing and acorn fed pigs in the Portuguese montado with Francisco Alves

    #26 Holistic grazing and acorn fed pigs in the Portuguese montado with Francisco Alves

    Francisco Alves manages 700ha of montado, a traditional agroforestry system of Southern Europe, with herds of cattle, goats, sheep and the famous Alentejo pig. His experience at Herdade Sao Luis exposes us to the future of recently planted silvopastural systems. We discuss important topics such as how mature trees interact with pasture, the optimum tree quantity per hectare, how they contribute to his animals' health and growth, as well as the key management constraints.
    On top of this, Francisco is using the holistic management technique for animal grazing. This enables him to regenerate his soil and pasture, limit damage of animals to seedlings, clearing bramble regrowth and preparing field seeding all with his diverse animal herds.
    Overall, Francisco is extremely enthusiastic about having mature trees in his grazing system, and sees a huge benefit as compared with open pasture.
    As always, 1h30 was too short to ask him all the questions we wish we could. Enjoy!
    • TABLE OF CONTENTS
    01:50 Introduction to Farm
    14:40 Holistic management and animal system description
    24:30 The pig's function, description of system, and feeding on acorns
    31:10 Goats, sheep and cows and the economics of diversifying animal species
    39:30 Tree density per hectare, managing this unique agro-ecosystem
    42:45 Economic flexibility with diversity, and commercialisation
    48:20 Interactions between trees and animals
    01:02:20 Optimum tree quantity per hectare for pasture production and microclimates
    01:08:40 Learning about and designing silvopasture systems
    01:12:30 Tree fodder on the farm and oak pruning
    01:20:40 Using animals to manage forest regrowth and keep the pasture productive
    • RESOURCES
    https://www.instagram.com/herdadesluis_porcusnatura/?hl=en
    https://www.projectomateria.pt/pt/produtores/porcus-natura_57
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    • 1 時間33分

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