Central Minnesota Silvopasture Camp

Learn how silvopasture principles can enhance production of wooded pastureland, restore marginal pasture or cropland areas, achieve environmental conservation, and be employed as part of your rotational grazing plan.

The workshop/camp will begin Friday at 5 p.m., July 13, with a farm tour, networking dinner and a panel of producers and natural resource professionals. On Saturday, July 14, the morning will start with indoor presentations and continue with two farm tours in the afternoon. Participants will conduct a case study as an exercise to establish and apply management principles of silvopasture. Farms to be toured are Camphill Village, Early Boots Farm, and StoneBridge Beef.

Expert speakers are invited to serve as resource persons for the workshop/camp. Topics include:

  • Silvopasture design principles
  • Converting pasture to silvopasture
  • Converting woodlands to silvopasture
  • Grazing management and foraging in silvopasture
  • Silvopasture for soil health, water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat management and oak savanna restoration
  • What’s in it for me: economics of silvopasture


Friday, July 13 (optional)

4 p.m.-5 p.m.: Registration

5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.: Tour Camphill Village Farm

6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.: Dinner and Producer/Natural Resource Professionals Panel

Saturday, July 14

7 a.m.-8 a.m.: Breakfast & Registration

8 a.m.-8:10 a.m.: Welcome & Introduction

8:10 a.m.-8:30 a.m.: Silvopasture Design Principles — Diomy Zamora, UMN Extension

  • From Pasture to Silvopasture
  • From Woodlands to Silvopasture

8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Panel Discussion

  • Soil Health and Water Quality — Kent Solberg, SFA
  • Landowner’s Perspective — Tyler Carlson, Early Boots Farm
  • Natural Resource Professional Perspective — Jim Chamberlin, SFA and Happy Dancing Turtle
  • Wildlife Benefits — Jodie Provost, DNR
  • Grazing and Foraging in Silvopasture — Jeff Duchene, NRCS
  • What is in it for me? The Economics! – Dean Current, CINRAM-UMN
  • Management of Silvopasture for noxious weeds — Gary Wyatt, UMN


  • 9:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m.: Overview of Early Boots Farm
  • 9:45 a.m.-10 a.m.: Travel
  • 10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Tour Early Boots Farm
  • 12 p.m.- 2:15 p.m.: Travel
  • 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch-Q&A
  • 1 p.m.-1:15 p.m.: Stonebridge Overview
  • 1:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m.: Travel
  • 1:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m.: Tour StoneBridge Beef
  • 3:15 p.m.–3:30 p.m.: Wrap-up and Evaluation

The registration cost is $35. Registration will cover dinner, a light breakfast, and lunch. You can register at https://www.regonline.com/SilvopastureSC.

For more information about the workshop, contact: Diomy Zamora, 612-626-9272, zamor015@umn.edu; or Gary Wyatt, 507-389-6748, wyatt@umn.edu.

Sponsored by University of Minnesota-Extension, Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota, Early Boots Farm, StoneBridge Beef Farm, Camphill Village Inc., and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service.