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The Regenerative Agroforestry Podcast
107 minutes | May 3, 2022
#39 The nuances of farm forestry and the opportunities of integrating biodiversity with Campbell Mercer
Campbell Mercer owns 40ha outside Melbourne, Australia where he has set up a world class olive farm - producing award winning organic olive oil. Campbell uses a variety of fascinating agroforestry practices, from windbreaks to farm forestry and silvopastural systems. We have an in-depth conversation on small scale farm forestry, from design considerations to harvest and selling. We also discussed the Keyline cultivation pattern and its implications for tree planting, finishing off with the various functions of his windbreaks and their interaction with neighbouring olive trees. Overall, Campbell has not been shy to make use of tree systems to align his production with the ecology he works in. He has managed to harness the ecosystem services provided by trees whilst ensuring they remain economically productive. TABLE OF CONTENTS 02:42 Story and context of the farm 11:09 Why go organic? 13:28 Use of black wattle 19:52 Selling small quantities of timber 23:16 Main objectives of agroforestry on the farm 27:56 Design of the systems 39:04 Sawing material 40:56 Drying the wood 43:37 Pruning 46:35 Profitability of timber plantations 57:22 Interactions between grass and trees 01:01:24 Planting along the keyline pattern 01:05:17 Feedback on deep ripping and swales 01:10:46 Would you do keyline again? 01:19:41 Windbreaks 01:28:34 Choice of species in windbreak 01:38:17 Production from them 01:40:28 Interactions between windbreak and olive trees 01:45:00 Improved overall productivity • RESOURCES https://mannahillestate.com.au/ https://www.instagram.com/mannahill.estate/ • GET IN TOUCH www.regenerativeagroforestry.org • SUPPORT US www.gumroad.com/regenagroforestry • FOLLOW US on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
48 minutes | Apr 18, 2022
#38 Understanding a EU funded pig agroforestry system with Carl Sheard
My guest today is Carl Sheard who produces pigs in France. He has received EU funding for his project so we try and understand with him what kind of opportunity it offers farmers in Europe. He also shares some of the challenges he has encountered with deers and we assess together the potential for increasing the proportion of perennials in pigs’s diet. **In Collaboration with Agromix** https://agromixproject.eu/ TABLE OF CONTENTS 1:38 Introduction 08:18 Design and technical support 10:22 EU funding 13:38 Tree layout and description of systems 19:47 How much feed to expect from agroforestry systems? 29:56 Challenge of deer damage 32:48 Managing the tree lines 45:36 Do you think your trees can pay for themselves? • RESOURCES https://www.instagram.com/bluepigfarm/ https://thebluepig.monsite-orange.fr/index.html https://agromixproject.eu/in-the-field/pilot-projects/blue-pig-farm/ • GET IN TOUCH www.regenerativeagroforestry.org • SUPPORT US www.gumroad.com/regenagroforestry • FOLLOW US on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram • FUNDING FOR EUROPEAN PROJECTS https://explore.ecosia.org/regenerative-agriculture See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
81 minutes | Mar 31, 2022
#37 Increasing tree cover from 3% to 20% for resilience, profit and biodiversity with Jill and Andrew Stewart
Andrew and Jill Stewart are owners and managers of Yan Yan Gurt West Farm in the Otway Ranges, Southern Victoria, Australia. For the past 30 years, they have taken regenerative agriculture extremely seriously in order to solve problems of soil salinisation, soil erosion, climate change and animal welfare. In order to do so they have planted 23kms of shelterbelts and riparian buffers, connected into a complex ecological mosaic to produce both ecosystem services and a huge variety of new enterprises. Since they started planting trees they have increased tree cover from 3% to 20%, without reducing any of their sheep productivity. Quite the contrary, they have opened up a whole new set of enterprises from saw logs to woody florals. Tune in to find out more about this incredible transition! TABLE OF CONTENTS 01:40 Introduction 08:50 The story of the farm 15:00 Main productions 25:34 Timber production 36:07 Harvest and milling 44:43 Economic decision of harvesting shelter belts 52:36 Do trees increase too much fixed costs? 59:13 Are subsidies necessary to justify economically agroforestry plantations? 01:06:29 Tree - Pasture interaction 01:15:01 Managing weeds when planting young trees • RESOURCES https://www.facebook.com/yanyangurtwestfarm/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3KXLsj2qLw&t=306s • GET IN TOUCH www.regenerativeagroforestry.org • SUPPORT US www.gumroad.com/regenagroforestry • FOLLOW US on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
93 minutes | Mar 9, 2022
#36 Managing a diverse landscape for healthy and productive animals with Fred Provenza
Fred Provenza is a researcher in behavioural ecology who has carried out fascinating research on the nutritional wisdom of animals, on their ability to select their diet and learn. We explore with him the practical implications of his research. He explains why a biodiverse landscape is crucial to animal health and what tools we have to favour such a foraging environment. We explore at length how to train animals either to avoid certains plants or to introduce new plants into their foraging habits. TABLE OF CONTENTS 01:42 Fred's story 08:35 Nutritional wisdom of living creatures 17:25 Pratical applications 24:08 How do trees and shrubs contribute to an animal’s diet 30:59 How can farmers act upon these insights 38:54 Training animals to avoid certain species 42:47 Eating tree bark : looking for tanins 52:32 How do you promote beneficial plants? 58:04 Resource availability and diversity 01:01:28 Fertility and secondary compounds 01:05:38 Introducing new plants to an animal’s diet 01:09:28 Toxicity of certain plants 01:11:43 How much is training and how much is genetics? 01:21:48 Animal’s ability to balance their diet 01:27:32 Planning the movement of the animals • RESOURCES https://www.chelseagreen.com/product/nourishment/ https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22395309-the-art-science-of-shepherding https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi_vii9XcBM&t=41s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTWYh2LpSjM&t=5640s https://soundcloud.com/art-of-range/episode-4-fred-provenza • GET IN TOUCH www.regenerativeagroforestry.org • SUPPORT US www.gumroad.com/regenagroforestry • FOLLOW US on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
90 minutes | Mar 2, 2022
#35 Hedges and farm scale forestry to diversify and regenerate with Federico San Bonifacio
Federico San Bonifacio is the owner and farm manager of a 30ha farm in the plains of Verona, Northern Italy. For 12 years he has been engaging in an agroecological transition where trees and shrubs play a fundamental role. Breaking the monotony of the surrounding corn and soy plots, he has planted hedges in long strips to provide the ecosystem services that support his grain production. At the same time, Federico planted 5ha of polycyclic forestry, a forestry practice that balances economic return and ecological health of the soil and ecosystem. It is always fascinating to interview farmers, as they interact with their agroforestry systems daily, and provide rich feedback to others who wish to walk similar paths. TABLE OF CONTENTS 01:50 - Federico's story 10:20 - Farm production and sales channels 16:25 - Direct selling 20:25 - Hedges: objectives and description 27:10 - Funding the hedges 32:10 - Plastic vs biodegradable mulch & planting technique 39:05 - Medium and long term management of the hedge 47:10 - Interactions between the hedge and the grain crop 50:10 - Introducing polycyclic forestry: design, harvest, sale 01:06:30 - Why polycyclic and economic considerations 01:20:05 - Farm forestry vs alley cropping 01:22:40 - Funding considerations and lessons learnt • RESOURCES https://www.inbiowood.eu/ • GET IN TOUCH www.regenerativeagroforestry.org • SUPPORT US www.gumroad.com/regenagroforestry • FOLLOW US on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram • FUNDING FOR EUROPEAN PROJECTS https://explore.ecosia.org/regenerative-agriculture See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
92 minutes | Jan 31, 2022
#34 Building relationships to scale agroforestry with Kaitie Adams
Today I talk with Kaitie Adams, she leads the Savanna Institute's Illinois Demonstration Farm program and helps build community through agroforestry education across the state and beyond. Kaitie and I explore together how they build relationships with different stakeholders to make agroforestry projects become a reality in the mid-west. We engage with themes such as cultural perceptions of agroforestry and the multiple ways the Savanna Institute is leveraging change. We also took the time to discuss their demonstration sites, their design methodology working with local farmers as well as debriefing on certain of their mistakes and lessons learnt. TABLE OF CONTENTS 02:09 Introduction 04:54 The Savanna Institute 10:02 Engaging with cultural perceptions 23:30 Agroforestry as an additional layer of use of the land 46:12 Raising capital 52:44 Design of demonstration sites 01:11:06 Complexity of systems 01:18:14 Plans for commercialisation 01:24:53 Mistakes and lessons learnt • RESOURCES https://www.savannainstitute.org/ • GET IN TOUCH www.regenerativeagroforestry.org • SUPPORT US www.gumroad.com/regenagroforestry • FOLLOW US on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
78 minutes | Jan 16, 2022
#33 Perennial polycultures and a 500 acre landlord driven agroforestry conversion with Scott and Sandy Williams
Scott and Sandy Williams got involved in farming after acquiring 500 acres of productive land in Illinois, USA. After meeting the Savannah Institute, they were inspired to transition their land towards conservation agriculture, with a keen interest in agroforestry systems. This interviews delves into the 17 acre perennial polyculture project they planted 5 years ago, and explores how they collaborate with their farmer tenant to implement extensive silvopasture, windbreaks and riparian buffers. Whilst we often see the perspective of the farm manager, it is fascinating to understand how dedicated landlords work to implement agroforestry practices. TABLE OF CONTENTS 02:10 Story of the Williams siblings and the farm 07:05 The perennial polyculture project 18:45 Objectives and economic strategy of the project 33:05 Learning how to farm 37:05 Mechanisation and management tasks in the polyculture 41:10 Lessons learnt in the past 6 years 49:20 Silvopasture agroforestry experiments in collaboration with farm tenant and the Savannah Institute 59:35 Long term vision for the land and the relationship to the tenant farmer • GET IN TOUCH www.regenerativeagroforestry.org • SUPPORT US www.gumroad.com/regenagroforestry • FOLLOW US on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
90 minutes | Dec 21, 2021
#32 Carbon sequestration and current research on alley cropping with Eric Toensmeier
Eric Toensmeir is the author of The Carbon Farming Solution among other great books on agroforestry and perennial crops. The first part of the interview is focused on understanding the carbon sequestration potential of agroforestry, focusing especially on silvopasture. We then move on to discussing the challenges we are faced with to shift towards a more perennial diet. Finally we explore with him the research on alley cropping he is carrying out on the behalf of Interlace Commons : where it makes most sense and what prevents its uptake. TABLE OF CONTENTS 01:38 Introduction 04:32 Are trees necessarily the solution to store carbon? 10:40 Intensively managed rotational grazing & Carbon storage 15:57 Why does silvopasture store so much carbon? 34:29 How can we shift culture towards a perennial diet? 40:33 Can we make perennially fed livestock affordable? 44:03 Mechanisation of perennial systems 51:14 Research on Alley-cropping 55:56 Where is alley cropping really adapted? 01:10:51 Motives for adopting alley cropping 01:13:03 Factors limiting uptake 01:25:07 Factoring in climatic uncertainty • RESOURCES http://www.perennialsolutions.org/ https://www.patreon.com/erictoensmeier http://carbonfarmingsolution.com/ https://www.interlacecommons.org/ • GET IN TOUCH www.regenerativeagroforestry.org • SUPPORT US www.gumroad.com/regenagroforestry • FOLLOW US on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
109 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
#31 Designing, planting and managing a silvopasture system with Brett Chedzoy
We have the pleasure of welcoming back Brett Chedzoy on the podcast. While last time we dedicated much of the conversation to transforming woods into a productive silvopasture, this time we focus on planting trees into pasture. We go into a lot of depth into the design of such plantations as well as their management implications. We conclude the interview by discussing his way of using coniferous plantations to shelter his herd from extreme winter storms and how that is saving him from building expensive infrastructure. TABLE OF CONTENTS 00:01:46 Introduction 00:07:08 Why bring trees into pasture and which ones 00:21:21 Design process 00.44:20 How do we combine high quality forestry with silvopasture? 00:51:06 What simple systems for easy adoption by livestock farmers? 01:00:25 Implementation and management 01:29:10 When to reintroduce animals into the plantation? 01:35:39 Living barns • RESOURCES https://silvopasture.ning.com/ https://sites.google.com/site/theangusglenfarm/home • GET IN TOUCH www.regenerativeagroforestry.org • SUPPORT US www.gumroad.com/regenagroforestry • FOLLOW US on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
85 minutes | Oct 31, 2021
#30 Soil fertility and the role of trees in the agricultural transition by Francis Bucaille
Francis Bucaille is a leader in the field of agronomy. Farmer, consultant, educator, author and owner of Gaiago, he has built a reputation nuancing some of the commonly held beliefs of regenerative agricultural practices. As a soil expert he talks about the key principles of agroecology, why fungi and lignin are so important, and how trees can help farmers improve their soil. This interview contributes to our ongoing investigation as to how trees can be an agronomic tool for farmers. Their impact on soil health and fertility is a natural place to start. Enjoy! • TABLE OF CONTENTS 02:00 - Francis' story and his vision of agriculture 20:10 - Cover crops, questioning agroecological beliefs, and practical agronomy 32:45 - How to get started and his key agronomical principles 42:05 - The importance of fungi for soil health 46:30 - Key agronomical principles continued 55:50 - The role of agroforestry 1:04:50 - The potential of rameal chipped wood for soil health and why we shouldn't feed 'salad' to soil organisms 1:15:10 - Meeting soil health objectives with • RESOURCES https://www.gaiago.eu/ https://www.dunod.com/sciences-techniques/revitaliser-sols-diagnostic-fertilisation-protection https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNdCItE62Ds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jIu5-x7rJs • GET IN TOUCH www.regenerativeagroforestry.org • SUPPORT US www.gumroad.com/regenagroforestry • FOLLOW US on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
79 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
#29 How trees can increase livestock's welfare and productivity with Lindsay Whistance
Dr Lindsay Whistance is a Livestock Researcher at the Organic Research Center in the UK. Through her extensive knowledge of silvopasture, she enables us to see agroforestry from the animal’s perspective. Trees can provide livestock with shelter, food, medicine and even encourage social interactions between animals. These benefits are not only important to provide livestock with a stimulating and pleasant environment but they also reduce sources of stress and increase the productivity of the herd. The discussion focuses on cows but anyone considering to integrate livestock and trees will find this conversation fascinating and full of data. • TABLE OF CONTENTS 05:24 : What is the ORC? 10:30 Seeing trees from the perspective of livestock 13:51 Effect of cold on livestock 15:57 Effects of hot weather 24:09 Trees for nutrition 36:57 Anti-parasitic tanins 39:55 Fodder in times of drought 45:57 Influence of trees on the social behaviour 54:37 What tree cover to aim for? 57:54 Some agroforestry designs 01:09:15 What are the main obstacles to implementing agroforestry systems? 01:15:54 Increased biodiversity • RESOURCES https://www.organicresearchcentre.com/about-us/our-team/lindsay-whistance/ • GET IN TOUCH www.regenerativeagroforestry.org • SUPPORT US www.gumroad.com/regenagroforestry • FOLLOW US on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
61 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
#28 How leucaena can double cattle units per hectare and transform profitability with Jaime Elizondo
After many years of experimentation, Jaime Elizondo is scaling his leucaena silvopasture system in order to increase his stocking rate from 3 to 6 cattle units per hectare: doubling his profitability. This bold statement has been made by one of the most experienced regenerative graziers we know of, and shouldn't be taken lightly. Beyond improving his grass productivity and providing fodder for his cows, Jaime is planting trees for a multitude of benefits such as biodiversity, cattle wellbeing and soil regeneration. In this interview Jaime is talking directly to farmers and graziers with a wealth of practical information as we break down key topics in his pollarding system. He discusses how he establishes the trees, rotates the animals around them, how he pollards and how cattle digest strong chemical compounds produced by trees. We hope you enjoy! • TABLE OF CONTENTS 02:00 - Introduction 09:20 - Why started planting trees 15:20 - Why leucaena? 18:30 - Tree density and cattle stocking rate 20:50 - How to direct seed leucaena 30:25 - Competition between trees and grass 34:00 - Adapted animal genetics for silvopasture 38:00 - Leucaena rate of inclusion in cattle feed intake 39:40 - Pollarding vs direct browsing of leucaena 44:05 - Fencing and protecting trees 48:30 - Tree - grass interactions and tree densities 53:10 - Silvopasture and non-selective grazing rotations • RESOURCES https://www.rwranching.com/ https://www.facebook.com/RealWealthRanching https://www.instagram.com/realwealthranching/?hl=en • GET IN TOUCH www.regenerativeagroforestry.org • SUPPORT US www.gumroad.com/regenagroforestry • FOLLOW US on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
82 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
#27 Practical feedback on establishing silvopastoral systems with Ben Raskin
Ben Raskin is Head of Horticulture and Agroforestry at the Soil Association. He is also working at Eastbrook Farm in the UK, where he is overseeing the implementation of various agroforestry systems over the last few years, mainly focused on silvopasture. Ben gives us some detailed feedback on these first years on the farm : the design of the different fields, what species they have chosen and why, as well as how they approached weed control and tree protection from livestock. Ben is passionate about wood chips and he explains how they are using them on the farm and with what results. We also discuss how to integrate agroforestry in the workflow and skillset of an existing large scale farm. • TABLE OF CONTENTS 01:17 Introduction 06:52 Eastbrook farm 08:17 Motives for planting trees 13:17 Agroforestry systems on the farm 29:22 Suppressing weeds and wood chips 41:47 Scaling the supply of woodchips 49:07 Protecting trees 57:39 Bringing the agroforestry skillset onto farms 01:07:17 Knowledge and managing a complex system 01:12:02 Selling the produce of diversification 01:18:29 Mistakes and learnings • RESOURCES https://helenbrowningsorganic.co.uk/eastbrook-farm/ https://www.soilassociation.org/farmers-growers/technicalinformation/agroforestry-handbook/ https://www.benraskin.com/general-8 • GET IN TOUCH www.regenerativeagroforestry.org • SUPPORT US www.gumroad.com/regenagroforestry • FOLLOW US on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
94 minutes | Aug 8, 2021
#26 Holistic grazing and acorn fed pigs in the Portuguese montado with Francisco Alves
Francisco Alves manages 700ha of montado, a traditional agroforestry system of Southern Europe, with herds of cattle, goats, sheep and the famous Alentejo pig. His experience at Herdade Sao Luis exposes us to the future of recently planted silvopastural systems. We discuss important topics such as how mature trees interact with pasture, the optimum tree quantity per hectare, how they contribute to his animals' health and growth, as well as the key management constraints. On top of this, Francisco is using the holistic management technique for animal grazing. This enables him to regenerate his soil and pasture, limit damage of animals to seedlings, clearing bramble regrowth and preparing field seeding all with his diverse animal herds. Overall, Francisco is extremely enthusiastic about having mature trees in his grazing system, and sees a huge benefit as compared with open pasture. As always, 1h30 was too short to ask him all the questions we wish we could. Enjoy! • TABLE OF CONTENTS 01:50 Introduction to Farm 14:40 Holistic management and animal system description 24:30 The pig's function, description of system, and feeding on acorns 31:10 Goats, sheep and cows and the economics of diversifying animal species 39:30 Tree density per hectare, managing this unique agro-ecosystem 42:45 Economic flexibility with diversity, and commercialisation 48:20 Interactions between trees and animals 01:02:20 Optimum tree quantity per hectare for pasture production and microclimates 01:08:40 Learning about and designing silvopasture systems 01:12:30 Tree fodder on the farm and oak pruning 01:20:40 Using animals to manage forest regrowth and keep the pasture productive • RESOURCES https://www.instagram.com/herdadesluis_porcusnatura/?hl=en https://www.projectomateria.pt/pt/produtores/porcus-natura_57 • GET IN TOUCH www.regenerativeagroforestry.org • SUPPORT US www.gumroad.com/regenagroforestry • FOLLOW US on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
94 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
#25 Low cost and highly productive chestnut agroforestry systems with Tom Wahl
We have an extremely practical conversation with Tom Wahl, co-founder of the Red Fern Farm, convincing us he has developed a very functional and economic system. The team there has chosen a variety of rustic crops that need little care, are high in demand, and picked by the customers themselves. Planted on fantastic soil for growing trees and you have a system where all Tom and his team need to do is 'mow the grass'. In the interview we focused on chestnuts, his main crop, looking at why the economics make it a no brainer, and finish off talking about ground cover management and woodchips. We hope you end up as inspired we did. • TABLE OF CONTENTS 02:15 - Introduction to a low input farm model 13:10 - Tom understanding of agroforestry and imitating a savannah biome 17:40 - orchard architecture, spacing and competition between species 25:50 - Chestnut production and potential 30:30 - Integrating animals in the orchard 52:30 - Why is chestnut so interesting economically? 59:40 - Thoughts on mechanising chestnut harvest 01:02:30 - Characteristics that make a crop profitable 01:05:20 - The potential of chestnut as a staple 01:09:25 - U-pick as a commercialisation strategy and some more economics 01:18:30 - The honey berries experiment 01:21:20 - Managing the ground cover and comments on woodchips • RESOURCES https://www.redfernfarm.com/ Presentation discussed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAf1lUrqSq4 https://www.facebook.com/redfernfarm.iowa • GET IN TOUCH www.regenerativeagroforestry.org • SUPPORT US www.gumroad.com/regenagroforestry • FOLLOW US on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
103 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
#24 Planning and designing holistically with Darren Doherty
Farms are an expression of a climate, soil and farmer's potential. All need to be considered in order to create holistically functional systems. Reaching this depth is a complex task, but thanks to the work of innovators like Darren Doherty we have tools and techniques that help us make smarter decisions. This episode deals with the big picture: the patterns, the behaviours and the context that are vital to any farmer and his 'whole under management'. Too often, planning is not given enough emphasis, causing huge losses in resources. Darren bring his vast experience to the table, in an interview that we hope will make you think as much as it made us! Enjoy! • TABLE OF CONTENTS 03:00 - Introduction to Darren and the Regrarians Platform 13:10 - The role of IT in the agricultural transition 18:00 - The limits of consulting 26:50 - Trees as a farm's backbone (potentially) 38:55 - The economic potential of timber trees on farms 47:40 - Reasons why we struggle to add trees to landscapes 01:01:00 - Design tools and methodologies 01:09:10 - Delving into the scale of permanence 01:22:30 - Holistic management as a planning framework 01:27:30 - Challenges of farming regeneratively 01:37:50 - The next Regrarians REX training • RESOURCES http://www.regrarians.org/ https://www.facebook.com/Regrarians • GET IN TOUCH www.regenerativeagroforestry.org • SUPPORT US www.gumroad.com/regenagroforestry • FOLLOW US on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
86 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
#23 Scaling agroforestry in France with Fabien Balaguer
We have a discussion with Fabien Balaguer, director of L'association Française d’Agroforesterie (AFAF) where Fabien provides an overview of where agroforestry is at today in France. This is a great episode to understand the methodology l’AFAF is using to scale agroforestry but also to understand the specific challenges that come with that mission. For example on-field technical expertise is a much greater limiting factor than access to funding. The conversation focuses on some strategic considerations such as economic models and commercialisation but we also manage to get some really interesting perspectives on the limitations of alley-cropping and long cycle timber production. • TABLE OF CONTENTS 00:01:53 Introduction of Fabien and L’AFAF 00:07:24 Their main agroforestry projects 00:17:23 Limitations to long cycle timber production 00:22:41 Landfiles : a tool to build collective knowledge 00:33:44 What economic models for agroforestry? 00:41:59 Funding agroforestry projects 00:54:27 Commercialising 01:04:40 Why is agroforestry not yet established economically? 01:11:52 How to deal with long time frames? 01:14:39 Recurring mistakes in agroforestry projects 01:20:52 As a farmer, how do I get started? 01:21:52 Is there always a place for trees? 01:23:32 Limitations of alley cropping • RESOURCES https://www.agroforesterie.fr/ • GET IN TOUCH www.regenerativeagroforestry.org • SUPPORT US www.gumroad.com/regenagroforestry • FOLLOW US on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
67 minutes | Jun 13, 2021
#22 How agroforestry improves farm biodiversity and impacts insect dynamics with Tom Staton
There are many claims that agroforestry can benefit ecosystem services and biodiversity. Delving into the nuance of this subject, we start our journey with Tom Staton, PhD student at Reading University, who has been conducting research in the UK at some of the farms who's farm managers we have interviewed on the show. Tom has been measuring insect populations (of predators, pollinators and pests) in silvoarable vs arable systems. To our pleasure, this conversation helps us understand the pros and cons, and brings us closer to understanding the potential of agroforestry for the transition of our agricultural system. This is the first of many episodes where we hope to understand how agroforestry can improve ecosystem services, and in turn how these can benefit the farm economy. We hope you enjoy! • TABLE OF CONTENTS 01:40 Introduction to Tom and his research 09:05 Pollinator dynamics and the importance of wild bees 14:50 The economic benefits of functional diversity 19:10 Agroforestry vs flower strips: an economic case 23:20 Description of experiments 26:35 Connection between biodiversity and pest populations 34:15 The economics of agroforestry 39:40 Management of tree line understory 47:20 Type of herbaceous plants and insects 54:40 Can a farmer expect the same results in his context? 59:35 Impact of frequency of tree lines and width of agroforestry alleys 01:02:10 Challenges in agroforestry research • RESOURCES https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tom-Staton • GET IN TOUCH www.regenerativeagroforestry.org • SUPPORT US www.gumroad.com/regenagroforestry • FOLLOW US on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
40 minutes | May 20, 2021
#21 How to get started farming with Matteo Mazzola, Koen van Seijen and Dimitri Tsitos
Matteo Mazzola from Iside Farm, Koen van Seijen from Investing in The Regenerative Agriculture podcast and your host Dimitri (founder of Mazi Farm) sat down to answer one of the most prominent questions we received whilst reaching out to you: how to get started farming. Matteo and Dimitri have both been through the process of creating a farm and educating themselves in agroecology, whilst Koen has been engaged in the financial side of regenerative agriculture. We talk about training, the creation of a holistic context, talking to investors and much more. • RESOURCES www.investinginregenerativeagriculture.com Iside Farm Instagram www.mazifarm.com • GET IN TOUCH www.regenerativeagroforestry.org • SUPPORT US www.gumroad.com/regenagroforestry • FOLLOW US on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
80 minutes | May 10, 2021
#20 Investing in large scale agroforestry with 12Tree
We have a conversation with Oliver Hanke from 12Tree finance to understand what scaling agroforestry looks like. With 160 million $ already invested in 12 projects, 12Tree is bringing large investors into agroforestry. We go into some detail on their largest project in Guatemala to understand its implementation. We understand who is investing in agroforestry at that scale and their motivations for doing so. We also discuss the balance between agronomic innovation and profitability, if agroforestry is delivering the benefits they expected, and whether such big farms leave any space for small-scale farmers. This episode brings to the forefront some of the thought-provoking questions we face if agroforestry is to be deployed at scale. • TABLE OF CONTENTS 01:29 Introduction 11:40 Case study : Finca Chimelb 30:45 Investing in agroforestry 40:21 Taking risks with agroforestry 51:51 Forecasting profitability while integrating complexity 01:06:29 What place for small scale farmers? 01:14:04 Is 12Tree relevant to the western context? • RESOURCES https://www.12tree.de/ • GET IN TOUCH www.regenerativeagroforestry.org • SUPPORT US www.gumroad.com/regenagroforestry • FOLLOW US on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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