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Agroforestry & Climate Adaptation: A Tour of Big River Chestnuts

June 29 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm


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With each year that passes, extreme weather events become more frequent and erratic, and it becomes harder and harder to make a living as a farmer. In response to climate change, many farmers are experimenting with a range of ‘climate-smart’ practices that increase the diversity, resilience, and adaptability of their operation. Some particularly exciting practices fall under the umbrella of ‘agroforestry’ – a broad term that refers to any practice that intentionally integrates forestry with agriculture.

Agroforestry is not new – It is a traditional practice that was forgotten as American farms grew larger, less diverse, and more mechanized. However, agroforestry is starting to receive a great deal of attention, and is primed for a resurgence. Indeed, agroforestry practices may prove vital in keeping farmers farming.

Join us for a tour of Big River Chestnuts, where we will learn about agroforestry practices from Jono Neiger. Big River Chestnuts is a 10-acre diversified alley cropping and silvopasture farm started by Jono in 2018, with a vision to produce commercial quantities of chestnuts while
stewarding the river terrace soils and habitat. In addition to the chestnuts, Jono grows heartnuts, hazelnuts, and persimmon. A diverse mix of perennial crops grow in between the rows of trees, while livestock forage amongst the lush landscape, adding valuable nutrients while providing light tillage, along with a host of other benefits.

The day will begin with a short discussion on the value of agroforestry as a climate adaptation technique, followed by a walking tour of the farm. After the tour, people are encouraged to socialize and enjoy some local snacks. Please register here.

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June 29
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Big River Chestnuts
195 River Rd
Sunderland, MA
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