Silvopasture Workshop

The University of Minnesota Extension, University of Wisconsin Extension, and the Savanna Institute will jointly host a Silvopasture workshop near La Crescent, Minnesota, about 7 miles west of La Crosse, Wisconsin and 140 miles southeast of the Twin Cities, MN on August 4 and 5, 2017. 
The workshop will begin with an optional tour on Friday afternoon, August 4th. The tour is of a silvopasture trial near Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, followed by dinner and a networking session at Hoch Orchard in La Crescent, Minnesota.

The workshop will continue on Saturday morning, August 5th, with presentations on silvopasture establishment and management and a tour of Hoch Orchard, a hog silvopasture.  Saturday afternoon will feature visits to two farms practicing silvopasture in Canton, MN. Participants can sign up for both days or just come for the Saturday portion of  the workshop.

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.

This workshop offers 8 Continuing Education Units for Foresters and Forest Stewardship Plan Paperers! Participants can reserve rooms at a local hotel or nearby camp ground. Participants are also welcome to just come for the Saturday portion of the workshop.   Registration is $45 for Friday and Saturday, or $30 for just the Saturday program or $20 for the Friday program; Register online at This will cover one dinner (Friday, August 4), and snacks and lunch (August 5).

Questions?  Contact:  Diomy Zamora ( 612-626-9272 or ) or  Diane Mayerfeld ( 608-262-8188 or )

Silvopasture Workshop Agenda La Crescent, MN  August 4, 2017 (Optional)
Location: 47664 Aspen Rd, Soldiers Grove, WI 54655
2:30-3:00         Registration
3:00- 5:00        Pasture walk of silvopasture savanna restoration on Mike Lind’s farm
5:00-6:30         Drive to La Crescent, MN
6:30-7:30         Produces/Farmers Panel Discussion (Sharing of Silvopasture Experiences)
7:30-8:30         Dinner and Networking
August 5, 2017 (Saturday)
Location:         Hoch Orchard, 32553 Forster Rd, La Crescent, MN
7:50 – 8:20       Registration and coffee
8:20 – 8:40       Welcome and Introduction to Silvopasture (Diane Mayerfeld, University of Wisconsin Extension)
8:40 – 9:15       From Pasture to Silvopasture – (Keefe Keeley, Savanah Institute)
9:15 – 9:45       From Forest to Silvopasture – Diomy Zamora (University of Minnesota Extension)
9:45 – 10:00     BREAK
10:00 -10:30    Livestock management and Foraging in Silvopasture – Yoana Newman  (Wisconsin Grazing Specialist)
10:30-11:00     What is in it for me? Silvopasture Economics – Dean Current, Center for Integrated and Natural Resources Agricultural Management                          (CINRAM), University of Minnesota.
11:00-11:15     Controlling brush, toxic plants and invasive species in Silvopastoral System, Gary Wyatt (University of Minnesota Extension)
11:15 – 12:30   Tour of Hoch Orchard (Hog Silvopasture)
12:30 – 12:45   Evaluation and questions
12:45 – 1:30     LUNCH (& opportunity to shop at orchard store)
1:30 – 2:30       Drive to Badgersett Farm, 18606 Deer Rd, Canton, MN
2:30 – 3:45       Tour of Badgersett Farm (Sheep and Horse Silvopasture)
3:45 – 4:00       Drive To Dyna Burtness Farm
4:00 – 5:00       Tour Silvopasture Farm at Dayna Burtness Farm (Cattle Silvopasture)
5:00                  Wrap Up


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