Tue 01 Dec 2020 @12:00pm-1:30pm AEDT
Rowan Reid (B.For.Sci. & M.For.Sci.) is a forester amongst farmers. His latest book, "Heartwood - the art and science of growing trees for conservation and profit", reflects almost 40 years of work towards changing forestry and the way it is presented to the farming community. Rowan won the Australian Eureka Prize for his farmer course (The Australian Master TreeGrower), which he continues to deliver around Australia and internationally to support farmer and community forestry programs in Africa, Timor Leste, Indonesia, Vanuatu and other countries.
He has lectured a subject in agroforestry at Melbourne University since 1991 and supervised many graduate students. He left full-time academia in 2010 to work more closely with farmers and is now the managing director of the “Australian Agroforestry Foundation” (not for profit) that delivers farmer education and extension programs around the world, including his Master TreeGrower program. Most importantly, Rowan is also a farmer and tree grower in his own right, with a family farm in the Otway Ranges of southern Victoria and a founder of one of Australia’s most successful Landcare groups, the Otway Agroforestry Network. More than 12,000 visitors have toured his Bambra Agroforestry Farm, which is set up as a 42-hectare outdoor classroom for farmers, scientists, students and tree lovers, and a living laboratory for his own learning.
Rowan’s presentation will explore opportunities for integrating multipurpose trees into farming systems. Rather than replace agriculture, trees can be used to support farming systems by providing shelter, protection soil and water, enhancing biodiversity and diversifying farm income. The Master TreeGrower Program provides farmers with practical, science-based, knowledge and skills to support their involvement in the design and management of revegetation options that meet their needs.
Contact Bill Lewis for the Webinar Link: M 0417 146 800, E email@example.com
W E Lewis FAIA | Secretary | Victoria Division | Ag Institute Australia