Trees on farms for shelter, conservation & profit

Website by Rowan Reid

New video: The Big Trees of Bambra

Quick tour of some of our biggest trees: featuring Spotted Gum, Otway Messmate, Silky Oak, River Sheoak, Black Walnut, Poplar, Red Cedar, Redwood and English Oak

Lots happening on my Facebook Page and YouTube Channel


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


Looking for past Master TreeGrowers and other tree growers

Have you completed one of the 100 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. SUBSCRIBE

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 $75 (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.


Related Programs

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We ran the first Australian Master TreeGrower course in 1996. Since then, more than 2000 landholder have completed one of the 101 courses run across the country. In 2012 we ran the first course in Africa (Uganda) and have since run MTG courses in Indonesia and Niger Yet, the MTG is more than just a short course for farmers.

After being hosted by the University of Melbourne for 13 years the MTG program is now run by a not-for-profit community group.

See for more information






FRST90033 Farm Trees and Agroforestry

Rowan has been teaching Agroforestry at Melb. Uni. Since 1991. His subject is now a 2-week elective available to students of the new forestry masters and to the public through the university’s community access program (must meet requirements). Cross-institutional applications only accepted for honours and post graduate level students.

This subject covers the principles and practices of integrating trees into the rural agricultural landscape for both conservation and profit. The farming community requires trees and shrubs for shade and shelter, soil conservation, salinity control and aesthetics. Farmers can also produce commercial tree products such as timber, fuel, fodder, essential oils and food. Because farmers manage the majority of the Australian landscape governments, community groups and industry are increasingly working in partnership with them to grow trees for environmental services including carbon sequestration, biodiversity and downstream water quality.

DATES FOR 2016: 17-Oct-2016 to 28-Oct-2016

- includes visits to more than 5 farms, overnight field trips, camping on the Bambra Agroforestry Farm, 12 lectures (2 hours each), Group work and more.

Further information on the subject can be found at

Course is available to students undertaking the Masters of Environments, Master of Forest and Ecosystem Science, Master of Urban Horticulture and other courses at Melbourne University and other institutions (for honours and post graduate level or equivalent).

The public can enrol through the Univeristy's Community Access Program: To apply you will need to complete the CAP application form available at Acceptance based on past academic experience and engagement in Landcare and/or forestry.

If you want to discuss the course please contact me.


Rowan's Email News Group

I send out an occasional newsletter to more than 1000 people on a confidential email list. There is no commercial advertising, just information from not-for-profit groups. If you'd like to join the list simply SUBSCRIBE



The Australian Agroforestry Foundation is a not for profit company that delivers education and support for farmers and their communities. Rowan Reid is the voluntary Managing Director. Projects include the Australian Master TreeGrower course and the Peer GRoup Mentoring concept. We curtrently have funding from the federal government to deliver these projects around Australia. FOr more information please click on the logo and go to our web site.




Bambra Agroforestry Farm Tour Booklet



Milling Farm Grown Timber

My take on your portable milling options with a particular focus on milling plantation eucalypt logs