#33 Perennial polycultures and a 500 acre landlord driven agroforestry conversion with Scott and Sandy Williams
Scott and Sandy Williams got involved in farming after acquiring 500 acres of productive land in Illinois, USA. After meeting the Savannah Institute, they were inspired to transition their land towards conservation agriculture, with a keen interest in agroforestry systems. This interviews delves into the 17 acre perennial polyculture project they planted 5 years ago, and explores how they collaborate with their farmer tenant to implement extensive silvopasture, windbreaks and riparian buffers. Whilst we often see the perspective of the farm manager, it is fascinating to understand how dedicated landlords work to implement agroforestry practices.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
02:10 Story of the Williams siblings and the farm
07:05 The perennial polyculture project
18:45 Objectives and economic strategy of the project
33:05 Learning how to farm
37:05 Mechanisation and management tasks in the polyculture
41:10 Lessons learnt in the past 6 years
49:20 Silvopasture agroforestry experiments in collaboration with farm tenant and the Savannah Institute
59:35 Long term vision for the land and the relationship to the tenant farmer
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