#6 Managing a 25 year old alley cropping system with David Wolfe
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In this episode we have the chance to interview the manager of Wakelyns Farm, amongst the oldest agroforestry systems in Europe. David gives us a great insight into what a fully running agroforestry system looks like. We get into understanding the decisions involved when managing mature trees, what tradeoffs arise with time, and how to balance their needs with the crops grown in the alleys.
David also explains how he is shifting the strategy of the farm from a research project to a demonstration site with more diverse revenue streams, bringing many new people and productions on site in the process.
• TABLE OF CONTENTS
00:02:44 Introduction of Wakelyns Farm
00:11:40 Intercropping systems description
00:22:17 Alternative intercrops: vegetables and animals
00:28:13 Coppicing vs pollarding systems
00:36:13 Ecosystem benefits
00:42:23 Diversifying the business
00:58:27 Economic viability
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