Who: This 2-day and in-person Regenerative Forestery and Silvopasture Management Intensive will be taught by Daniel Griffith, a Savory Institute Hub Leader, Certified Educator, Permaculture Designer.
What: Regenerative Forestry and Silvopasture Management is applied Holistic Management, forest style. This intensive is an integrated approach to partnering with your woodland for optimal ecologic and economic abundance.
The Course: This unique and intimate course is designed within the context of Robinia’s demonstration site, Timshel Wildland, a 400-acre process-led & emergent conservation landscape in Nelson County, Virginia that is leading the rewilding movement in the Mid-Atlantic. The course is designed for those engaged in or enthusiastic about regenerative forestry … growing and managing a woodland or forest for improved ecology and economy.
Although often considered as an illimitable land of abundance, the temperate forests is bound by biomass benchmarks, site-specific resources, and distinctive microclimates. In effect, the forest’s biotic cap is determined by place, kind and time: how much of what can live when. This means that a particular timber stand can only support a given number of trees of a given specific for a given period of time before mother nature steps in to reduce the pull of resources in the form of death or static diameter.
Such is the job of the Regenerative Forester. Girded with observation, creativity, and a paint can, he is to walk the complex and intricate line of stewardship to promote, foster, and nurture the optimal growth and abundance of the forest as a whole—its timber, nuts, fruits, wildlife, farmed-life, microscopic life, flora, fauna, and fungi. Fellow Agroforester John Munsell of Virginia Tech said it best, “It is here that forests offer their lesson, providing structural and functional signposts that inform thoughtful and productive use.”
The purpose of this course is to learn how to see, understand, and act on those very natural signposts to foster abundance under the wooded canopy.
The goal of this course is educate the small forest owners, farmers, environmentalists, and foresters on the dendrology (the study and identification of trees), the philosophy (the “why” forests matter), the practical management (the “how” we can partner with the forest), and the economy (impact within the human sector) of a properly managed forest system.
This course provides an intensive overview of tree species, forest management techniques, and value added processing options that help diversify and strengthen your local biome, ecosystem, farm, and overall community.
You will learn how to manage your forest to:
- Promote and foster its natural abundance and fertility
- Improve its amenity and pleasure
- Promote and conserve farmed and wildlife species
- Reduce its fire hazard
- Regenerate a cut-over or clear cut landscape using animal impact
- Differentiate forest communities and map them
- Improve its future timber and environmental values
- Better integrate and manage its timber trees within your farming landscape
- Harvest its bioenergy, firewood, and lumber
- Enjoy its supreme pleasure and reap its infinite rewards.
- Establish a large-scale keyline design silvopasture system.
- Practice additional agroforestry methods of swine, mushrooms, and more!
Practically, you will personally get to:
- This course includes 2 locally sourced and delicious lunches per day. We will not be serving breakfast or dinners. If you have severe food allergies or considerations and desire to bring your own foods, we have a full kitchen for you to utilize instead.
- This course is built for those who desire to nurture their large or small-scale woodlands for ecologic and economic purposes.
- This course is taught by Robinia’s Lead Educator, Savory Institute Hub Leader, and Accredited Professional Daniel Griffith.