Fields, pastures, creek sides … and trees!

forestry12Come find out about agroforestry in a day-long workshop focused on two particular practices, riparian buffers and silvopastures. These practices are one way to bring trees back into our farming to work for us, and the land.

Silvopasture is the intentional management of trees, forage, and livestock that can make for happy and healthy herds. The tree component of silvopasture systems can be managed for timber, livestock fodder, fruits and nuts, or all of the above. Agroforestry riparian buffers are bands of trees planted parallel to creeks. The buffers provide opportunities to produce market products such as fruits, nuts, florals, and more. Because both practices incorporate more trees in the landscape, they play an important role in improving our soil health and water quality.

“This workshop offers landowners a great opportunity to learn more about incorporating trees onto their land in innovative ways that can meet both production and conservation objectives.” said Katie Trozzo, agroforestry extension associate at Virginia Tech, “We have a full day of talks and interactive sessions planned to include details of establishment, market opportunities for agroforestry products, and challenges and success stories from current agroforesters.”

This workshop will be held on November 8th from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at Lord Fairfax Community College’s Fauquier Campus. The workshop costs $15 to attend, which includes lunch. To register online, please follow this link:

For more information, please contact Paxton Ramsdell at 540-231-0790 or

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