Programs and Events
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Place: St. Croix Farm
Address: 18 Ridge Road, Valley Falls, NY 12184
ASA is pleased to sponsor a silvopasture workshop led by Joe Orefice of the Yale School of Forestry, and hosted by John and Eva Moore at St. Croix Farm.
Silvopasturing is the sustainable and symbiotic production of trees, forages and livestock on the same land. Join us for this one day course to develop the skills and knowledge that will help you evaluate, plan and implement silvopasture projects on your own farm or on land that you manage for others. The day will include information on general principles and will also provide an afternoon in the field to examine practical applications.
Joseph Orefice, Ph.D. is the Director of Forest and Agriculture Operations at Yale University. Joe has eight years of experience with silvopasture on North Branch Farm in Saranac, NY (www.adkfigs.com) where he raised grass-fed Hereford beef, fruit, and vegetables in a mottled silvopasture/open pasture system. He grew up on a family farm in New England and is a licensed forester in Connecticut. He served as the Director for Cornell’s Uihlein Maple Research Forest in 2017 and 2018 and was an Associate Professor of forestry at Paul Smith’s College from 2009-2017. Joe holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire, Master of Forestry from Yale University, and BS in Forestry from the University of Maine.
St. Croix Farm is a family owned and run 688-acre farm raising grass-fed beef and pastured poultry. Owners John and Eva Moore have been transitioning the farm away from row crops to a pasture-based operation and have an interest in utilizing some of the wooded acres on the farm for livestock pasture. St. Croix farm was protected with a conservation easement in 2009.
Registration and Introduction: 9:30 a.m.
Slideshow and Discussion: 10 a.m.-noon
Lunch: 12-1 p.m.
In-field discussion of transition from forest to silvopasture on St. Croix Farm: 1-3:30 p.m.
ASA is a non-profit land trust working with farmers and landowners in Rensselaer and Washington counties to protect farm and forest land. Support for this workshop has been provided by the Robert F. Wentorf Foundation, Inc.