Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
MOFGA Tree Fodder Day

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Ash tree on the left suffers from drought. Ash tree on the right had been pruned for forage the previous year. Shana Hanson photo

Carrying forage. Shana Hanson photo

Goats eating dried red maple leaves. Shana Hanson photo

MOFGA Tree Fodder Day
Monday, July 9, 2018
MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine

Animals eat what?? Enlivening soil through tree-based livestock farming

Livestock were sustained by tree foliage and tree crops world-wide for 8 millennia. Only for 100 years, in industrial nations, have farmers and livestock been shifting to feeds and foods from tilled soil. This day will feature a tree fodder resource sharing table, historic slide show, presentations by farmers who are feeding their livestock from trees, Q & A discussion, outdoor planning and skill practice for transition of various landscapes to fodder production, and storage discussion with samples of fodders provided and invited.

$35 MOFGA or NOFA members, $50 non-members. Limited scholarships available.
For more information contact Anna Mueller at or call (207) 568- 4142.


8:00 – 9:00 am: Resource Sharing Table; Tree teas, snacks; Registration and check–in.
Bring your books, articles, and pictures. Rare books on leaf harvest will be there.
Farm animal silhouettes (add your breeds) and blank ‘topic’ signs for lunch discussions.
Bring leaf fodder, fruit, and nut samples for the end-of-day storage discussion.

9:00 – 9:40 am: History and Benefits of a Tree-Based Farmer Ecology. Shana Hanson with possible guests.
9:40 – 9:50 am: Q & A

10:00 – 11:10 am: Who Eats What Fodder from Trees? Farmers present how they are using fodder from trees for hogs, sheep, goats, cows, and rabbits. CJ Sloan, Matt Kominsky/Rachel Haas, Shana/Michael Walder, Kip Quimby
11:20 – 12 noon: Q & A in circle (allow knowledge base in room to be shared)

12 – 12:05 pm: Livestock Species Count; Prep. for Informal Lunch Discussions. Hold up Animal or Topic signs that you want to connect about, after species count, to settle at tables.

12:05 – 1:00 pm: LUNCH. Soup provided; pot luck offerings invited, bag lunches okay too.

1:00 – 3:00 pm: Design a Transition to Tree Fodder. Consider development or planting potentials within soils and species present; prune three small sample areas. Wheeler saws, bill hooks, loppers to share (can bring).
In: MOFGA’s newer young patch of Intact Woodland, Open-grown Willows etc. in Children’s Area, and Woodland Edge near Sheep Barn.  Shana Hanson, CJ Sloane (reachable fodders), Edgar Evenkeel (climbing), Dave Rocque (soil potentials), and Goats (taste). 

3:10 – 4:00 pm: Storage Discussion Circle. Describe storage experiences. Share samples of tree leaf fodders, fruits, and nuts. Wrap up with remaining questions, reflections, and evaluations.

Tree Fodder Seminar Schedule 2018 (PDF)

This day is part of Tree Fodder Seminar 2018:
“Trees feed Livestock feed Soil; Farmer Ecology & Skills for a Changing Planet,”
based at 3 Streams Farm, Sat. July 8 – Sun. July 14 (with partial attendance options). See for schedule updates!