Heartwood the book - available now


Heartwood: The art and science of growing trees for conservation and profit

- By Rowan Reid

Produced in partnership with Melbourne Books, Heartwood is my most ambitious publishing project to date: A 300-page, hard-cover book featuring 300 colour photographs and more than 75,000 words. More detail .









Bambra Agroforestry Farm tour


Monday 5th Nov. 10.30-1.00pm

Led by Rowan Reid



Rowan and Claire will be running a morning tour of their 32-yr-old tree farm including:

- discussion of more than 50 commercial tree and shrub species grown for timber, bushfood, seed etc.

- smallscale sawmilling and timber drying demonstrations

- exploration of multipurpose forest design including timber production from landcare plantings

- demonstrations of pruning for high quality timber

- and more....

$35pp for one farm. $60pp for 2 farms (Bambra Agroforestry Farm and Yan Yan Gurt West)

BOOKINGS: Try our online shop or email: rowan.reid@agroforestry.net.au to reserve a place and I will send you an invoice for direct payment. Thanks.



Yan Yan Gurt West Stewart family farm 2.00-4.30 pm

Andrew, Jill and the extended Stewart family have developed one of the most outstanding examples of integrating multipurpose trees into a working farm. Starting with a cleared landscape they now have almost 20% tree cover in belts, blocks, corridors and woodlands providing shelter, biodiversity and commercial products

$35pp for one farm. $60pp for 2 farms (Bambra Agroforestry Farm and Yan Yan Gurt West)

BOOKINGS: Try our online shop or email: rowan.reid@agroforestry.net.au to reserve a place and I will send you an invoice for direct payment. Thanks.



KEEP IN TOUCH: Bambra Agroforestry Farm is on FACEBOOK

Sermon from the stump: Video

Rowan Reid (Australian farmer and forest scientist) sits on a stump - one he planted himself - to argue that the divisive debate over forestry has blinded us from the real cause of environmental degradation and the most promising solution.








WORKSHOP: Growing Shiitake Mushrooms on Logs

An Otway Agroforestry Network Event

10.00am-3.30pm (with 1 hour for lunch)

Price $85.00 Go to SHOP

Location: Deans Marsh Recreation Reserve, Deans Marsh (35min west of Geelong, Vic)
Full-day technical and practical workshop delivered by Rowan Reid and other local shiitake growers

All participants will receive a packet of 50 dowels (enough for 1 or 2 logs) and a digital copy of the Shiitake Manual

We will have drills and bees wax on site so you can inoculate your own log (plus logs to purchase)

BYO lunch, or you can travel to the nearby Deans Marsh store.
Morning and afternoon tea provided.


Sunday 21st October, 10am - 3.30pm
Deans Marsh Recreation Reserve, Deans Marsh (35min west of Geelong)
Morning lectures and demonstrations led by Rowan Reid and other OAN growers


In the Press:


"Planting, growing and harvesting a riparian forest"

by Rowan Reid

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Article in the Victorian Landcare magazine

Introduced by Hon. Lily D'ambrosia MP, Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change: "Agroforestry expert Rowan Reid shares his experiences of planting, growing and harvesting a multipurpose riparian farm forest on his property at Bambra in the Otway Ranges. Rowan believes that a balance can be found between conservation plantings using indigenous species and production forestry that has a positive impact on riparian biodiversity and water quality."

Planting trees along eroded waterways for conservation, then carefully harvesting them for profit, is illegal in some states. Yet, it's okay to let your cows and sheep climb the banks and defecate in the water!

It's time for Landcare to move beyond single-purpose conservation plantings and recognise that mutipurpose forests can deliver positive landscape change.


What is Agroforestry?


For me, agroforestry is the integration of trees and shrubs into farming landscapes for conservation and profit. It's all about farmers using trees to improve the environmental, social and economic values of their land. I've been working with Australian farmers for more than 30 years. From the wheatbelt of Western Australia to the Atherton Tablelands in North Queensland I don't think I've ever seen a farm that would not benefit from more tree cover or better forest management.

Welcome to my agroforestry website.After more than 20 years working as a lecturer in agroforestry and farm forestry at The University of Melbourne I'm now freelancing. I maintain my role as coordinator of the Australian Master TreeGrower Program and managing director of the Australian Agroforestry Foundation. Privately, I have our Bambra Agroforestry Farm and consultancy business.

This web site presents information, ideas, opinion and research that I think might be of interest to Australian farmers and those who work with them. You can download my own publications, read practical information on tree species and management, take a virtual tour of our own Bambra Agroforestry Farm and watch videos on harvesting, integrating trees into farming systems and shiitake production.

I'm happy to try and answer your email questions at no charge (go to Ask Rowan). I am also available for speaking engagements, field days, consultancies and can organise tours of my property and other leading agroforestry farms around Australia. For those in the many agencies working with farmers I can also organise and run workshops and courses that reflect your needs.

I hope you find the site useful.

Thanks for your interest, Rowan More about Rowan Reid

Australian Master TreeGrower

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I ran the first Australian Master TreeGrower course in 1996. Since then, more than 2500 landholder have completed one of the 107 courses run across the country. In 2012 we ran the first course in Africa (Uganda) and have since run MTG courses in Indonesia and East Timor.

The Master TreeGrower Program is run by the Australian Agroforestry Foundation

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