Silvopasture – /silˌvō pasCHər/ – methodology

June 10, 2020

Definition: The strategic integration of trees, crops, and livestock that benefits all three.

Forest Garden farmers who practice silvopasture can foster a symbiotic relationship between their land and their animals. Farmers use fodder from the trees in their Forest Garden to nourish their livestock then return the livestock’s manure to the farmland to enrich the soil.

Pros & Cons of Growing Fodder in Forest Gardens:

1. Homegrown fodder is healthy.
2. Farmers manage diseases better.
3. Meat and dairy products are of higher quality.

1. Hard labor is required.
2. Animals need time to adjust.
3. Mineral supplements may need to be added to fodder.


Acacia Albida Makes Excellent Fodder: An important component of agroforestry is cultivating multipurpose trees that meet all of your needs. When you practice silvopasture, it is important to know which trees will meet your livestock’s needs as well. Acacia albida, also referred to as Faidherbia albida, is indigeneous to many African countries and it can be used to make fodder. The leaves and pods are palatable and can provide a source of protein for animals in the dry season.