Silvopasture -/silvo'pasCHər/ - system

November 18, 2020

Definition: The practice of integrating trees, forages, and grazing livestock under one beneficial system.

A Closer Look: The Forest Garden Approach does not train farmers to implement a full silvopasture system with larger livestock, such as cows, because Forest Gardens usually cover a small land area that has many crops and trees growing in the space. Instead, Forest Garden farmers are encouraged to use cut-and-carry systems to keep their livestock nourished.

Although silvopasture is not a part of the Forest Garden Approach training, it is a common agroforestry technique used across the globe.

Benefits of Silvopasture: 

  • Increases farm productivity
  • Increases product quality
  • Offers many opportunities to enhance livestock productivity
    • modifies climate
    • improves forage quality
  • May reduce water stress on trees during dry periods through reduced transpiration of water by the forage plants
  • Nitrogen-fixing vegetation combined with grazing increases nitrogen uptake of the associated trees.
Read more about silvopasture in this month's Forest Garden Training Center newsletter.