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On Spaghetti, Silvopasture and New Opportunities

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Founder Austin Unruh says, “Our job at Crow & Berry is to research, trial, and learn how b
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Austin started Crow & Berry Land Management (CrowAndBerry.com) in 2017 with the goal of helping landowners do conservation that was also profitable. He started with streamside buffers in southeastern Pennsylvania, and when a client asked how to plant trees in his pastures, Austin started down a rabbit hole that just keeps getting longer and longer. TreesForGraziers.com and his current work in silvopasture is the outworking of that journey. When not planting trees he's probably reading about trees, though he's learned to avoid good tree books right before bed, or he'll lay awake half the night thinking. If not reading about trees, a good afternoon is swimming in the pond and eating wild berries with his growing family.


  1. Curt Gesch says:

    Yesterday I led the cows to a new paddock. There were cottonwood trees and aspens just outside the fence. Both species are in trouble from leaf miners, which often cause premature leaf drop. Cow (her name) entered the new paddock and immediately walked from one fallen leaf to another as her first choice. Extra minerals? A new flavour? Extra protein from leaf miners? She wouldn’t tell me . . .

    • emily macdonald says:

      That is interesting. I often wonder how grazing animals are deciding which plants to eat. Recently my sheep first ate all the individual leaves off of all the chicory stalks, leaving the blossom on top, before moving on to other plants.

      • Kathy Voth says:

        That’s cool, Emily! I laughed to myself thinking, “Well, maybe they like chicory, and they leave the flower so it can reseed and grow more for them.” 🙂 Sometimes I think they just get tired of the same old flavor, kind of like us and “Meatloaf again?!” Also, there’s some science that talks about how individual needs and feedback from nutrients and toxins affect food choices. Here’s a link to a 2013 On Pasture article on that.

  2. emily macdonald says:

    I really like reading about ADDING trees to existing pasture because, as you say, there does not seem to be as much information about this aspect of silvopasture practice.
    Thanks for the amusing analogy with adding scary new world tomatoes to Italian cuisine!

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