Wanderer's End Sanctuary's Mission
25th Jul 2019
Wanderer’s End Sanctuary practices and teaches a unique land management approach that provides opportunities to achieve landowner goals of productivity and profitability with environmental stewardship, that result in healthy, sustainable agricultural systems that can be passed on to future generations.
Silvopasture is a permaculture technique that strives to mimic or modify the workings of natural ecosystems for restorative agricultural farm purposes. Just as management-intensive rotational, ultra-high stock density, and patch-burn grazing practices mimic the way wild herds and grassland ecosystems work, silvopasture mimics a savanna ecosystem by
■ Intentional combinations of trees, livestock, and forage for their mutual benefit;
■ Intensive management of land, fertility, grazing, water, and other farm features;
■ Interactive relationships among tree, livestock, and forage components;
■ Integrated function in a single management unit, including both farm and forest production as well as amenity values such as wildlife habitat, water quality, and soil conservation.
Silvopasture can offer improved livestock and pasture performance, added income from forest crops, and restored ecological functions to farmland. The practice mimics savanna ecosystems, where diverse plant types add habitat for declining savanna specialists like the redheaded woodpecker and the whippoorwill. Some of my ongoing research is testing silvopasture establishment as a tool for restoring native savanna structure to degraded farm woodlots. Besides biodiversity benefits, other potential gains in silvopasture ecosystem functions can be realized in nutrient cycling, soil conservation, carbon sequestration in trees and soil, improved soil hydraulic function, and water quality.
Silvopastures can also integrate human food production with fodder for livestock, food, herbal, medicinal and decorative products are grown under the protection of a managed forest canopy. Orchards that pasture fowl early in the season to eat insect pests or hogs to clean up after fruit harvest exemplify this stacked enterprise strategy. It is important to be aware of food safety regulations regarding livestock use and wastes where produce is grown, while also recognizing the potential of livestock as a tool in orchard sanitation and vegetation management.
Wanderers End Sanctuary puts trees and crops together with livestock on the same farm so that landowners can achieve more of their goals: diversifying income, increasing productivity, conserving natural resources, providing habitat for wildlife,creating a beautiful landscape, and leaving a legacy that preserves and protects the land for future generations. However, farmland owners face unique challenges: working with tenant farmers, communicating with joint owners and family members, and making the most of finances and time.
Silvopasture Agroforestry practices can be adapted to address special resource concerns such as carbon storage or food plain protection. For centuries, silvopasture has been practiced around the world, though prior to the 1960s most people didn’t use this word. The windbreaks that were established during the 1930s to control soil erosion were and continue to be a kind of Silvopasture. Worldwide there is a growing interest in this approach to agriculture.
When seen from above, the different land uses of farms, forests, cities and ranches, can resemble a living patchwork quilt. Silvopasture practices can connect these land uses across entire watersheds and help reduce conflicts between rural and urban land uses. Silvopasture practices can serve as a zone of transition that help people and communities “reconnect” with agriculture. This is Silvopasture...combining trees and agriculture to enhance long-term production of food and other useful products while protecting the soil and water, diversifying and expanding local economies, providing wildlife habitat, and ensuring a more pleasing and healthy place to work and live. There is a significant opportunity to expand the application of Silvopasture Agroforestry. When well placed within individual farm and ranch operations and watersheds, Agroforestry practices can support large-scale operations and help small-scale farms be more profitable. The attributes of Silvopasture are well matched to meet society’s needs to maintain productivity and profitability and to protect natural resources and the environment — now and in the future.
The goals of Wanderer’s End Sanctuary is
1. To enhance coordination of the outreach, technical assistance, and education efforts authorized under agriculture programs;
2. To reach current and prospective socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers and veteran farmers or ranchers in n effort of improving the participation of those farmers and ranchers in USDA programs by assisting socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers and ranchers in owning and operating successful farms and ranches
2. Build relationships between current and prospective farmers and ranchers who are socially disadvantaged or veterans and USDA's local, state, regional, and National offices;
4. Introduce permaculture and silvopasture agriculture-related information to socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers and ranchers through innovative training and technical assistance techniques; and
5. Introduce agricultural education targeting socially disadvantaged youth, and/or socially disadvantaged beginning farmers and ranchers, in our rural Bollinger County ,Missouri which is the states most persistent poverty community.