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It's important to ask where our food is coming from and how it impacts the environment around us. Silvopasture is an innovative and growing farming practice that uses woodland and domesticated animals to create a regenerative farming system that has one of the highest carbon capture rate and promotes nutrient cycling.
Steve Gabriel is an ecologist, forest farmer, and educator living in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. He passionately pursues work that re-connects people to the forested landscape and supports them to grow their skills in forest stewardship. He is Agroforestry Extension Specialist for the Cornell Small Farm Program and co-owns Wellspring Forest Farm & School with his wife Elizabeth, where they produce mushrooms, maple syrup, duck eggs, pastured lamb, and elderberry extract, all from forest-based systems. The school hosts several educational programs each season with the goal of increasing people's understanding of healthy forests and how they can play a critical role in their stewardship.
6:37 – How did you get into farming & agriculture?
9:35 – How did you learn about Silvopastures?
12:41- When did humans get into monocropping?
15:38 – What are “Silvopastures”?
17:22 – How do you bring back nutrients into food through regenerative farming?
22:31 – Can a family sustain purely off of farming alone?
23:55 – Why Silvopastures have one of the highest carbon capture among all farming practices
26:07 – What kind of animals work best for silvopastures?
29:00 – How can trees and animals help each other?
30:53 – What kind of trees can you use for Silvopastures?
34:00 – Is this form of farming growing?
36:20 – How do I get started on Silvopastures?
37:41 – What are some of the biggest issues in farming and agriculture these days?
40:07 – How negative farming practices can lead to negative health consequences
45:22 – How can you become a smart consumer when it comes to picking food?
48:23 – Why understanding where your food comes from is very important
51:10 – Challenges for new farms and farmers?
52:16 – Is there a shortage of farmers?
54:32 – Tools that can be connect consumers with farmers?
57:07 – New farming innovations and paradigm shifts
59:59 – Final Plugs
Silvopasture Book Website: http://silvopasturebook.com/
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Fahad is the founder of Ketogeek and hosts the Ketogeek Podcast, a world class health show about food, nutrition and health. He is into resistance training, Ashtanga yoga, calisthenics and various forms of training styles. Armed with a idealistic goals distilled in a world of realism, his goal is to help the world make a better place. He leads a life of extreme generalism or as he describes it, 'The Renaissance Lifestyle'.