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Welcome to Rowan Reid's web page

Rowan Reid (B.For.Sci. & M.For.Sci.) is a forester amongst farmers. His passion for trees began as a child in the coastal eucalypt forests of southern Victoria and has led to a life teaching and working with farmers around the world:

1. Owner of the Bambra Agroforestry Farm. More than 10,000 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.
2. Co-founder of one of Australia's most successful Landcare groups, the Otway Agroforestry Network.
3. Originator of the Australian Master TreeGrower course, which he continues to deliver around Australia and internationally (Africa, Timor Leste, Indonesia etc.) currently delivered by the Australian Agroforestry Foundation (a not-for-profit organisation).
4. A Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne for 20 years, Rowan continues his academic teaching and research as a Senior Fellow of the university.
5. Author of "Heartwood" and many other books on agroforestry and farm trees.


Web Site Contents:


Bambra Agroforestry Farm: tours and courses

Rowan new book: Heartwood - the art and science of growing trees for conservation and profit

Publications: lots of free book chapters, articles and papers written by Rowan Reid

Practical information: on growing and managing trees on farms

Tree Species: some examples of the species we grow for hgih quality timber

Shop: buy tools, books, tree guards and other stuff. We only sell what we use ourselves.

Ask Rowan: send an email question. Free service.

Consultant services: Rowan is available for farm consultancies, presentations, workshops etc.

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

By Rowan Reid

The book that is changing the way people think about the future of forestry.

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 .


Get a signed copy from the author: CLICK HERE

Bambra Agroforestry Farm

In 1987 Rowan Reid purchased a degraded farm in southern Victoria and began planting trees for conservation and profit. There are now more than 70 productive tree species producing timber, bush-food, fruit and other products. We are now harvesting, milling and drying out farm grown timber.
Rowan runs tours of the farm and delivers short courses in our classroom. More than 12000 people have visited the farm over the years. For more information about our events see our farm page


Where's Bambra Agroforestry Farm



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Rowan's short videos: Opinion, science and practice based on real experience







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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