What is Agroforestry?
For me, agroforestry is the integration of trees and shrubs into farming landscapes for conservation and profit. It's all about farmers using trees to improve the environmental, social and economic values of their land. I've been working with Australian farmers for more than 30 years. From the wheatbelt of Western Australia to the Atherton Tablelands in North Queensland I don't think I've ever seen a farm that would not benefit from more tree cover or better forest management.
Welcome to my agroforestry website. After more than 20 years working as a lecturer in agroforestry and farm forestry at The University of Melbourne I'm now freelancing. I maintain my role as coordinator of the Australian Master TreeGrower Program and as volunteer editor of the Australian Agroforestry magazine. I will even be still teaching my Agroforestry subject at Melbourne University (see link below).
This web site presents information, ideas, opinion and research that I think might be of interest to Australian farmers and those who work with them. You can download my own publications, read practical information on tree species and management, take a virtual tour of our own Bambra Agroforestry Farm and watch videos on harvesting, integrating trees into farming systems and shiitake production.
I'm happy to try and answer your email questions at no charge (go to Ask Rowan). I am also available for speaking engagements, field days, consultancies and can organise tours of my property and other leading agroforestry farms around Australia. For those in the many agencies working with farmers I can also organise and run workshops and courses that reflect your needs.
I hope you find the site useful.
Thanks for your interest, Rowan More about Rowan Reid
Master TreeGrower course in UGANDA
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In May I'm with a group of Australian Master TreeGrowers in Africa to help delivery the first overseas course. We have participants from a number of countries gathering in Kabale in the south west of Uganda. The Australians include farmers, nurseryman, extension specialists and foresters. We are working with Beyound Subsistence and have gained support from the Australian Crawford Fund.
We hope that this is the first of many African Master TreeGrower Programs.
If you would like more information contact Rowan or visit the Beyond Subsistence web site.
Looking for past Master TreeGrowers and other tree growers
Have you completed one of the 90 or so Master TreeGrower courses I have run around Australia since 1996? I would like to stay in contact thrugh email. I send out an irregular/non-commercial email to more than 600 recipients with information about events, the Australian Agroforstry Magazine and Master TreeGrower courses and seminars.
If you want to join please send me you email address: Rowan
BOOK SALE: Agroforestry for Natural Resource Management by Ian Nuberg, Brendan George and Rowan Reid
Published by CSIRO publishing and written by more than 20 contributing authors. This 350 page book covers everything from salinity to sawlogs and economics to aesthetics.
The Australian Master TreeGrower Program has copies available at a discounted price of $60 (includes postage) as a special offer until our stocks run down (usually $80 plus postage). Email Rowan for details on how to get your copy.
No Australian Master TreeGrowers planned. For more information contact me.
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