Silvopasture Camp and Workshop

Date: July 29-30, 2016
Luck, Polk County, NW Wisconsin

University of Minnesota Extension, University of Wisconsin Extension, and the Savanna Institute will jointly host a Silvopasture workshop in Luck, Wisconsin, about 70 miles northeast of St, Paul, MN and 95 miles northwest of Eau Claire.

Silvopasture is a sustainable agroforestry practice where trees and forage crops are grown together on the same piece of land, and grazing animals eat the forages. The livestock provide annual income, and the trees may provide income after a while in the form of wood, nuts or other products. Silvopasture can provide economic and environmental benefits that complement regular forestry and open pasture production, such as shade for livestock and pasture, and habitat for birds and beneficial insects.

The workshop will begin Friday evening, July 29th, with networking and a discussion among Silvopasture practitioners and natural resource professionals about their experience with Silvopasture.

Saturday morning, July 30th (Saturday), will begin with indoor presentations, followed by visits to two farms practicing Silvopasture in the afternoon.

Topics covered will include:

• Establishment, management, and decision-making about Silvopasture;
• Livestock management in Silvopasture (focus on cattle)
• Controlling brush, toxic plants and invasives
• Economics
• Opportunities and challenges of Silvopasture
• Where to go for more information

Speakers will include University Researchers, Extension Educators, NRCS Grazing Specialist, Practitioners, and Natural Resource Professionals working on Silvopasture.

Locations and Time:

July 29, 2016: 5-7 pm; registration 4 pm. Location: West Denmark Lutheran Church, 2478 170th Street, Luck, WI 54853;

July 30, 2016: 8 am -5 pm; registration 7 am. Location: 740 Roundlake Rd. Luck, WI, 54853.

Participants can reserve room at a local hotel (Luck Country Inn or Cumberland Inn) or contact Diomy Zamora for camping options. Participants can just come for the Saturday portion of the workshop, but we strongly encourage attendees to participate in the Friday evening program.

Registration is $45 for Friday and Saturday, or $30 for just the Saturday program or $20 for the Friday program. Register online at https://www.regonline.com/silvopasturecamp. This registration will cover one dinner (Friday, July 29, 2016), and breakfast, lunch and snacks (Saturday, July 30, 2016). Early registration is encouraged; please register by July 14th to guarantee a spot.

Financial support provided by North Central SARE and UW Extension.

Questions? Contact: Diomy Zamora 612-626-9272 or zamor015@umn.edu or Diane Mayerfeld dbmayerfeld@wisc.edu or 608-262-8188.