Multifunctional Hedgerows – March 29th 2019

Friday, March 29th, 2019 9am-5pm

Windswept Agroforestry Farm, State College, PA 16803

Registration Fee: $20 Farm fresh catered lunch included! Register Here

Hedgerow systems provide opportunities to improve soil and water quality higher in the landscape while creating beneficial habitat for wildlife and pollinators and altering site climatic conditions to enhance farm productivity. In some cases, hedgerows may be used as upland buffers to reduce sediment and nutrient runoff potential at its source. While providing all of these potential benefits, hedgerows also provide opportunities for fruit and nut production and additional diversity of livestock fodder. Pending site context, various forms of hedgerows may have the highest potential for site diversification and conservation outcomes. But how do all these multifunctional components fit together, and especially, how are they installed, maintained and how can this improve farm operation efficiency?

As part of the a NESARE Professional Development Program grant this training provides professionals working in the agriculture and natural resources management fields an opportunity to experience and understand opportunities provided in developing hedgerow systems and how to maximize the use of them. Training will take place at Windswept Agroforestry Farm, a highly diverse operation, utilizing NRCS EQIP programs to install a new hedgerow-structured rotational grazing system to enhance conservation outcomes for habitat and soil/water quality on a currently open pasture. This training will provide insight into historic hedgerow systems, installation and management techniques, species selection, conservation funding opportunities and designing for multifunctionality. The day will be comprised of lectures, discussion, field tour and design practicum, catered lunch fresh from the farm and optional tour of additional developments at Windswept Agroforestry Farm.

Agenda: TBA

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