Forest Farming: A Climate Smart Practice workshop

June 13, 2024 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Smokey House Center
426 Danby Mountain Road
UVM Forestry Extension

Forest Farming is a USDA-recognized agroforestry practice that involves cultivating and stewarding shade-tolerant non-timber forest products in the forest understory. 

UVM Extension and Northeast Climate Hub will hold a Forest Farming: A Climate Smart Practice workshop at the Smokey House Center in Danby, VT on Thursday, June 13th, from 2 to 5 pm EDT

Participants can learn the fundamentals of forest farming such as site selection, species selection, and different production models while visiting different sites across Smokey House’s property. We’ll also discuss how forest farming can fit into broader forest management strategies to increase economic and ecological resilience as part of a diversified forest and farm planning.

This workshop will improve your knowledge of forest farming principles and increase your familiarity with different production practices as well as providing you with a handy site assessment tool to take home. The session will also enable knowledge sharing and group inquiry about how we can meet climate mitigation and resilient goals for working forests and farms.

This Climate Learning workshop is free and refreshments will be provided.

Trainers and Partners

  • Walker Cammack, Program Director, Smokey House Center and Co-Director, Northeast Forest Farmers Coalition, will lead the tour of forest farming research and demonstration plots set up across Smokey House’s 5,000 acre property.
  • Ali Kosiba, UVM Extension Forester, will talk about how forest farming can be integrated into broader forest management plans and strategies.
  • Suzy Hodgson, UVM Extension and USDA Northeast Climate Hub will provide a climate smart context for understanding climate mitigation and diversification opportunities as well as some of the risks.
  • Meghan Giroux, Interlace Commons, will speak to current funding from NRCS that supports forest farming.
  • To take part in this workshop, register at Forest Farming: A Climate Smart Practice Tickets, Thu, Jun 13, 2024 at 2:00 PM | Eventbrite