Join us for two events—a Friday night talk from 6 pm to 8 pm (events sold separately) and a full-day Saturday intensive from 9 am to 4 pm, as we answer these questions: What is coppicing? How does it work? What kinds of coppice systems might we use? How can we establish them? How does coppicing effect ecosystem functions?
Coppicing—the intentional harvest and management of woody resprouts to produce small diameter wood—has at least an 8,000-year history in Europe. The breadth of possible products from woody resprouts ranges widely—fencing, garden poles, charcoal and gates to name a few. Coppicing is also a valuable tool for responding to climate change and could be used on every small farm.
Friday night’s lecture we’ll engage all of these questions and explore the history, culture, biology, and management systems of woody resprouts.
On Saturday, we’ll get hands-on. We’ll explore “leaf hay” animal fodder, mulch production in coppice blocks for integration into orchards, and firewood and mushroom log production. We’ll also discuss both establishing new plantings and converting existing woodlands to coppice agroforestry.
Friday Night Lecture: $15
Saturday Intensive: $75