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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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    #39 The nuances of farm forestry and the opportunities of integrating biodiversity with Campbell Mercer

    #39 The nuances of farm forestry and the opportunities of integrating biodiversity with Campbell Mercer

    Campbell Mercer owns 40ha outside Melbourne, Australia where he has set up a world class olive farm - producing award winning organic olive oil. Campbell uses a variety of fascinating agroforestry practices, from windbreaks to farm forestry and silvopastural systems. We have an in-depth conversation on small scale farm forestry, from design considerations to harvest and selling. We also discussed the Keyline cultivation pattern and its implications for tree planting, finishing off with the various functions of his windbreaks and their interaction with neighbouring olive trees. Overall, Campbell has not been shy to make use of tree systems to align his production with the ecology he works in. He has managed to harness the ecosystem services provided by trees whilst ensuring they remain economically productive.
    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    02:42 Story and context of the farm
    11:09 Why go organic? 
    13:28 Use of black wattle
    19:52 Selling small quantities of timber 
    23:16 Main objectives of agroforestry on the farm
    27:56 Design of the systems
    39:04 Sawing material 
    40:56 Drying the wood
    43:37 Pruning
    46:35 Profitability of timber plantations
    57:22 Interactions between grass and trees
    01:01:24 Planting along the keyline pattern
    01:05:17 Feedback on deep ripping and swales
    01:10:46 Would you do keyline again? 
    01:19:41 Windbreaks
    01:28:34 Choice of species in windbreak
    01:38:17 Production from them
    01:40:28 Interactions between windbreak and olive trees
    01:45:00 Improved overall productivity 
    • RESOURCES
    https://mannahillestate.com.au/
    https://www.instagram.com/mannahill.estate/
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    • 1 hr 46 min
    #38 Understanding a EU funded pig agroforestry system with Carl Sheard

    #38 Understanding a EU funded pig agroforestry system with Carl Sheard

    My guest today is Carl Sheard who produces pigs in France. He has received EU funding for his project so we try and understand with him what kind of opportunity it offers farmers in Europe. He also shares some of the challenges he has encountered with deers and we assess together the potential for increasing the proportion of perennials in pigs’s diet. 
    **In Collaboration with Agromix**
    https://agromixproject.eu/
    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    1:38 Introduction
    08:18 Design and technical support
    10:22 EU funding
    13:38 Tree layout and description of systems
    19:47 How much feed to expect from agroforestry systems?
    29:56 Challenge of deer damage
    32:48 Managing the tree lines
    45:36 Do you think your trees can pay for themselves?  
    • RESOURCES
    https://www.instagram.com/bluepigfarm/
    https://thebluepig.monsite-orange.fr/index.html
    https://agromixproject.eu/in-the-field/pilot-projects/blue-pig-farm/
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    • FUNDING FOR EUROPEAN PROJECTS https://explore.ecosia.org/regenerative-agriculture

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    • 47 min
    #37 Increasing tree cover from 3% to 20% for resilience, profit and biodiversity with Jill and Andrew Stewart

    #37 Increasing tree cover from 3% to 20% for resilience, profit and biodiversity with Jill and Andrew Stewart

    Andrew and Jill Stewart are owners and managers of Yan Yan Gurt West Farm in the Otway Ranges, Southern Victoria, Australia. For the past 30 years, they have taken regenerative agriculture extremely seriously in order to solve problems of soil salinisation, soil erosion, climate change and animal welfare. In order to do so they have planted 23kms of shelterbelts and riparian buffers, connected into a complex ecological mosaic to produce both ecosystem services and a huge variety of new enterprises. Since they started planting trees they have increased tree cover from 3% to 20%, without reducing any of their sheep productivity. Quite the contrary, they have opened up a whole new set of enterprises from saw logs to woody florals. Tune in to find out more about this incredible transition!
    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    01:40 Introduction
    08:50 The story of the farm
    15:00 Main productions
    25:34 Timber production
    36:07 Harvest and milling
    44:43 Economic decision of harvesting shelter belts
    52:36 Do trees increase too much fixed costs? 
    59:13 Are subsidies necessary to justify economically agroforestry plantations? 
    01:06:29 Tree - Pasture interaction 
    01:15:01 Managing weeds when planting young trees   
    • RESOURCES
    https://www.facebook.com/yanyangurtwestfarm/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3KXLsj2qLw&t=306s
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    #36 Managing a diverse landscape for healthy and productive animals with Fred Provenza

    #36 Managing a diverse landscape for healthy and productive animals with Fred Provenza

    Fred Provenza is a researcher in behavioural ecology who has carried out fascinating research on the nutritional wisdom of animals, on their ability to select their diet and learn. We explore with him the practical implications of his research. He explains why a biodiverse landscape is crucial to animal health and what tools we have to favour such a foraging environment. We explore at length how to train animals either to avoid certains plants or to introduce new plants into their foraging habits. 
    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    01:42 Fred's story
    08:35 Nutritional wisdom of living creatures
    17:25 Pratical applications
    24:08 How do trees and shrubs contribute to an animal’s diet
    30:59 How can farmers act upon these insights 
    38:54 Training animals to avoid certain species 
    42:47 Eating tree bark : looking for tanins 
    52:32 How do you promote beneficial plants? 
    58:04 Resource availability and diversity 
    01:01:28 Fertility and secondary compounds
    01:05:38 Introducing new plants to an animal’s diet
    01:09:28 Toxicity of certain plants
    01:11:43 How much is training and how much is genetics? 
    01:21:48 Animal’s ability to balance their diet
    01:27:32 Planning the movement of the animals  
    • RESOURCES
    https://www.chelseagreen.com/product/nourishment/
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22395309-the-art-science-of-shepherding
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi_vii9XcBM&t=41s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTWYh2LpSjM&t=5640s
    https://soundcloud.com/art-of-range/episode-4-fred-provenza
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    #35 Hedges and farm scale forestry to diversify and regenerate with Federico San Bonifacio

    #35 Hedges and farm scale forestry to diversify and regenerate with Federico San Bonifacio

    Federico San Bonifacio is the owner and farm manager of a 30ha farm in the plains of Verona, Northern Italy. For 12 years he has been engaging in an agroecological transition where trees and shrubs play a fundamental role. Breaking the monotony of the surrounding corn and soy plots, he has planted hedges in long strips to provide the ecosystem services that support his grain production. At the same time, Federico planted 5ha of polycyclic forestry, a forestry practice that balances economic return and ecological health of the soil and ecosystem. It is always fascinating to interview farmers, as they interact with their agroforestry systems daily, and provide rich feedback to others who wish to walk similar paths.
    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    01:50 - Federico's story 
    10:20 - Farm production and sales channels 
    16:25 - Direct selling 
    20:25 - Hedges: objectives and description 
    27:10 - Funding the hedges 
    32:10 - Plastic vs biodegradable mulch & planting technique 
    39:05 - Medium and long term management of the hedge 
    47:10 - Interactions between the hedge and the grain crop
    50:10 - Introducing polycyclic forestry: design, harvest, sale 
    01:06:30 - Why polycyclic and economic considerations  
    01:20:05 - Farm forestry vs alley cropping 
    01:22:40 - Funding considerations and lessons learnt 
    • RESOURCES
    https://www.inbiowood.eu/
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    • FUNDING FOR EUROPEAN PROJECTS https://explore.ecosia.org/regenerative-agriculture

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    • 1 hr 30 min
    #34 Building relationships to scale agroforestry with Kaitie Adams

    #34 Building relationships to scale agroforestry with Kaitie Adams

    Today I talk with Kaitie Adams, she leads the Savanna Institute's Illinois Demonstration Farm program and helps build community through agroforestry education across the state and beyond. Kaitie and I explore together how they build relationships with different stakeholders to make agroforestry projects become a reality in the mid-west. We engage with themes such as cultural perceptions of agroforestry and the multiple ways the Savanna Institute is leveraging change. We also took the time to discuss their demonstration sites, their design methodology working with local farmers as well as debriefing on certain of their mistakes and lessons learnt.  
    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    02:09 Introduction
    04:54 The Savanna Institute
    10:02 Engaging with cultural perceptions 
    23:30 Agroforestry as an additional layer of use of the land
    46:12 Raising capital 
    52:44 Design of demonstration sites 
    01:11:06 Complexity of systems
    01:18:14 Plans for commercialisation 
    01:24:53 Mistakes and lessons learnt  
    • RESOURCES
    https://www.savannainstitute.org/
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    • 1 hr 31 min

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