This Silvopasture is designed to direct the pasture space into a diverse “woodland” ecology filled with trees designed to feed livestock (sheep, pigs, chickens), bear crops, and build strong ecosystem diversity. This diverse Silvopasture will strengthen in productivity with each year as the trees grow towards maturity. Contour swales create beautiful alleys that can be flood irrigated and maintain a positive appearance from neighboring communities as the system establishes.
Once mature, this “woodland” will serve as one of the most productive and abundant areas on the farm. By planting a large variety of trees and shrubs that also produce marketable crops, the potential for multiple yields and harvests makes this system incredibly abundant once mature.
This variety also helps to mitigate crop loss due to early frosts, common on the Front Range. With high diversity, even if some species are hit, many will still fruit. This innovative approach to farming has the potential to rapidly build soil, sequester carbon, and maintain financial viability.
Nitrogen fixing trees and shrubs will be alternated with the fruiting plants to exchange necessary nutrients. These plants are also very nutritious for livestock, as most are leguminous and high in protein. Siberian Pea shrubs, False Indigo shrubs, and Honey Locust trees will be used for this purpose.
TREE PLANTING - CARBON SEQUESTRATION
We have long had a dream of turning our historical farm into a sustainable education and community center for soil regeneration, water retention and organic gardens. We are now moving towards that goal, but we need to put some infrastructure in place.
The immediate plan is to install a 6,000 tree windbreak and soundbreak along Hwy 36 and Lake of the Pines border to combat soil erosion from those 130 mph winds that sweep our plains. This protection will also offer pasturing animals another source of shade and forage material.