- Focused farm business strategy development
- Detailed land quality and enterprise suitability analysis
- Whole farm landscape design and land resource planning
- Specialty enterprise budgets and financials
- Whole farm business and financial planning
AppleSeed worked with Q Farms to understand their goals and design a plan that would serve their desire for a sustainable homestead (a home, vegetable production, firewood coppicing) and diversified income from the farm (fiber, dairy, and meat animals; fruit, nut, and berry production; dry bean production).
AppleSeed uses the current landscape and topography to inform the plan, understand the drainage and potential for natural irrigation, and visualize what farm products will do well on a given landscape.
Diversified Fruit & Small Livestock
Whole Farm Design
This farm property in the lower Hudson Valley was impacted in soil health and productivity from decades of overgrazing. AppleSeed’s whole farm design process developed a restoration and intensification pathway for 14 acres under cultivation, plus woodland silvopasture, maple sugaring stands, and stormwater management.
- Increased farm biodiversity
- Improved farm finances (land considered marginal in production, high quality on-site fodder, higher overall yields per acre)
- Improved livestock health
- Resiliency from extreme weather
- Increased carbon sequestration and reduced carbon emissions
- Increased capacity for regional regenerative food production.
- Silvopasture and tree fodders
- Chestnut production
- Holistic orchards
- Multi-enterprise forest management
Wright-Locke Farm had a goal of encouraging productive agroforestry and actively involving the community in its use while preserving open space. Our design includes fodder windbreaks and strips of goat fodder, coppiced hillside plantings, a silvopasture orchard, and multistrata forest gardens.
Silvopasture depends on an intensely managed herd of animals rotating through pastures.
...Today Wright-Locke grows organic fruits, vegetables and flowers; offers farm-based educational programs; hosts public and private events; and practices environmentally sound growing methods. One of those methods is agroforestry. Agroforestry is a system of land management in which trees and shrubs are grown amid pastureland, which increases biodiversity and reduces erosion. “At Wright-Locke,” said McIntyre, “it includes adding bioswales to reduce nutrient runoff, adding fodder strips to provide food for our goats while providing a wind block to prevent soil erosion, creating a silvopasture area for our goats to graze in the woods, and planting a fruit orchard.”
- Small ponds places at inflection points in a site’s topography
- Irrigation ditches moving pond-collected water to larger areas of land
- Keyline plowing—off contour subsoiling
- Integration of soil-building forages, tree crops, and rotational grazing patterns