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Agroforestry is a land management system in which trees and shrubs are intentionally grown alongside crops and/or livestock. Examples include forest farming, silvopasture, and alley cropping.

Interested in seeing these practices on a farm near you? In 2024, Appalachian Sustainable Development will host farm tours spread throughout Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Keep an eye on this page as new dates in our farm tour series are announced.


Integrated Agroforestry at Appalachian Cove Forest Farm

Friday, May 31, 2024

Cost: Free – But registration is required

Capacity: 25 people

Start time: 9:30am

Location: 2857 Cox Chapel Rd, Duffield, VA 24244

Come learn about integrated agroforestry practices from ethnobotanist and forest farmer, Dr. Ryan Huish. Ryan has applied his research interests in botany and sociocultural anthropology to his home and farm, where he and his family practice forest farming, silvopasture, alley cropping, multifunctional riparian buffer zones, indigenous plant agriculture, and animal husbandry (kunekune pigs, small ruminants, cattle, chickens, and guardian dogs). He has used NRCS cost-shares to develop a diverse agroforestry landscape. As an associate professor of biology at UVA-Wise, Ryan and colleagues completed an NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant to expand agroforestry in Appalachia. His family will provide live music and light refreshments.


Forest Farming at Shade Tree VAlley

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Cost: Free – But registration is required

Capacity: 25 people

Time: 10am – Noon

Location: 20987 Runions Creek Rd, Broadway, VA 22815, USA

Join us on ​Thursday, June ​27th at Shade Tree Valley, a small family forest farm outside of Broadway, VA. Shade Tree focuses on forest-grown products, ranging from slow-growing woodland botanicals to fire starters and smoke blocks for the grill. The Powers family will give us a site tour and discuss their methods for establishing and growing woodland botanicals, including goldenseal, ramps, and ginseng. We’ll also discuss their decision to focus on Agroforestry in general and how the grilling and smoking product line has come about and what it takes to manage that in the woodland. Bring sturdy shoes and a “dare to be different” attitude as we think outside the box and enjoy a morning together in the woods.

This event is Free, but registration is Required.


Forest Botanicals and Maple Syrup Production at Laurel Fork Sapsuckers

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Cost: Free – But registration is required

Capacity: 20 people

Time: 1pm – 3pm

Location: 10677 Mountain Turnpike, Hightown, VA 24465

Laurel Fork Sapsuckers Sugar Camp is tucked away in the western part of Virginia, high in the Appalachian Mountains at 4,108 feet. This 600-acre mountain farm was purchased by the family in 1957 and has provided shelter, heat, food and decades of outdoor fun and recreation for five generations. The property contains a portion of the headwaters of the Laurel Fork stream, which is a native brook trout area that flows through the George Washington National Forest. It is also home to a high elevation cove forest, which contains native red spruce trees.  Forest management and sustainability are extremely important to the family, who are proud members of the American Tree Farm System, and were awarded the 2019 Virginia Tree Farm of the Year.  

The farm produces maple syrup, shiitake mushrooms, ramps, elderberry and ginseng. Current projects include creating migratory bird habitat through specifically designated timber harvests, planting non-timber forest products in the understory of more mature trees, establishing wild leeks (ramps) in wet drainages, and planting heirloom apple and pear trees to maintain the original fruit orchard. 

This event is Free, but registration is Required.


Silvopasture at The Farm at Willow Run

Wednesday, September 18, 2024

Cost: Free – But registration is required

Capacity: 30 people

Time: 10am – Noon

Location: 2700 Willow Run Road, Rockingham VA 22802

 Join us in Harrisonburg, VA at The Farm at Willow Run, where we’ll be discussing Silvopasture systems, the importance of genetic repositories, and cooperative land management.  We’ll begin with a short discussion followed by a walking tour and conversation about this unique system.  The Farm at Willow Run is a 40 acre parcel owned by, and adjacent to, Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. The goal of the farm is to produce healthy, sustainably grown food to feed and nourish our local community and provide equitable community access to learn and experience food and farming systems.  The silvopasture at Willow Run was installed over the last several years as a part of the Catalyzing Agroforestry Grant Program and is a great opportunity to learn about silvopasture establishment and see a young project.  They’ve got lots of lessons to share from the fledgling phase of this system.  We’ll also discuss the atypical land access model at the farm and the opportunity this has created for community-based agroforestry to thrive.

This event is Free, but registration is Required.


More farm tour information Coming Soon!


Contact The Project Manager

Wyn Miller, Agroforester
Email Wyn
276.623.1121


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