Silvopasture: A Guide to Managing Grazing Animals, Forage Crops, and Trees in a Temperate Farm Ecosystem

Silvopasture: A Guide to Managing Grazing Animals, Forage Crops, and Trees in a Temperate Farm Ecosystem

by Steve Gabriel, 320 pages, 8x10, softcover. The dominant culture of food production today forces us to separate the interdependent features of our ecosystems, erecting borders between elements that really belong together. We think of the forest as forest and the field as field. We regard species only in terms of their short-term usefulness to us and only if they conform to our obsessive technologies. Practice of silvopasture pushes against that dominant culture by integrating trees and perennial forages into a multi-layered grazing system. This approach to land use for rearing livestock builds diversity (both “wild” and domesticated), density and resilience while greatly aiding in much-needed carbon sequestration. Steve Gabriel assembles as thorough a guide to silvopasture as one can expect. Myriad examples include the age-old dehesa system in Spain where pigs feast on acorns; sheep browsing young honey locust at Gabriel’s own farm; ducks foraging and fertilizing young fruit orchards. Drawing on lessons from forest and grassland ecologies, Silvopasture proposes a farm ecology that rediscovers the wisdom of those who lived before the loss of the Commons. -Aktan Askin NEW!


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