University of Life Sciences (SGGW) hosted in Warsaw, on the 25th January 2019, the 2nd Polish Agroforestry Conference “Perspectives of agroforestry development in Poland” with the aim to present current knowledge on agroforestry and Polish agroforestry farms. The event has been organized by Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation in Puławy and funded by National Centre for Research and Development within the SustainFARM project (ERA-NET FACCE Surplus program). OSA members have been involved in preparing and moderating the conference. More than 60 people (researchers, farmers, brokers, advisers, educators) participated the conference.
On 22nd October 2018, the scientific seminar was held at the IUNG-PIB. OSA was a co-organizer of the event. The meeting gathered renowned Polish experts on Trees outside Forests and landscape architects. The aim of the event was to link agroforestry perspectives and traditions of afforestation in agricultural landscape.
OSA supports activities within EIP Operational Group dealing with agroforestry. Members of OSA are involved in the consortium. The agreement between the leader (Foundation for Lubelskie Development) and payment agency (ARiMR) has been signed on 14th June 2018 in Lublin branch of ARiMR. The objective of this operation is to develop and implement a sustainable model for the cultivation, harvesting and management of agricultural farm using a new agroforestry system (elderberry with pulmonaria and heath speedwell/Rosa rugosa and dog rose with cloudberry) and biomass heating system fueled by pellets. Supported farm is located in Sosnówka (East Poland). As a result, two new products (forest and agricultural) will be created, assessed in terms of sustainability and value chain and placed on the market using an improved marketing method.
On 20th April, the seminar of BIOECON project “Agroforestry for bioeconomy” was held. 32 people participated in the event. Robert Borek (IUNG-PIB) presented AFINET project and Agroforestry Innovation Network. Rafał Pudełko and his coworkers from IUNG-PIB discussed spatial analysis, performed in order to describe marginal land use potential in Poland, including agroforestry scenario. Renata Kazimierczak from University of Life Sciences in Warsaw (SGGW) showed examples of innovations related to nutritional values of fruit bushes, considered to be agroforestry. Jarosław Stalenga from IUNG-PIB spoke of results of biodiversity monitoring on agricultural lands in Lubelskie region.
General meeting of Polish Agroforestry Association took place on 14th March 2017 at IUNG-PIB in Puławy. The meeting was attended by 18 people. During the meeting participants discussed agroforestry activities performed within the framework of the Association. Prof. Ewa Rembiałkowska representing Warsaw University of Life Sciences and Organic Agriculture Forum explained regulations and current determinants of Polish organic farming and clarified composting rules at farm level while Dr. Robert Borek from IUNG-PIB presented Polish agroforestry farms producing food- and non-food products, using the results of SustainFARM project being carried out at IUNG-PIB.
On 15th Dec 2016 an OSA kick-off seminar was held in the Congress Room of Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation – State Research Institute (IUNG-PIB) in Puławy. The co-organiser of the meeting was Polish Agroforestry Association and Polish Agronomy Association’s Branch in Puławy. The seminar was devoted to issues related to silvopastoral system.
Dr Robert Borek gave a lecture on “Animal production as an element of a sustainable intensification of agriculture in Poland on soils of low agricultural suitability”. The invited guests: Mr Zygmunt Sowul – farmer from Podlaskie voivodship and Mr Sławomir Jurak – Director of the Kępa-Puławy Experimental Farm of IUNG-PIB presented practical aspects of beef cattle breeding on wooded areas. During the discussion it was constantly underlined that sheep and beef cattle farmers in Poland receive insufficient support, in spite of existing programmes for rebuilding these sectors. It was stated that extensive breeding of the abovementioned animals may constitute a substantial source of revenue for Polish farms with large areas of pastures and woodlands. Read more
On 18 June 2015, Polish Agroforestry Association (OSA – Ogólnopolskie Stowarzyszenie Agroleśnictwa) has been entered in the National Court Register.
OSA is managed by the Management Board, which is composed of representatives of agronomy, forestry and ecology sciences, university teachers as well as social activists. The association’s goals are to undertake, coordinate and support initiatives related to sustainable development of rural areas and to contribute to better links between science, economy and nature and landscape protection in Poland in the context of agroforestry systems.
OSA will be represented on EURAF (European Agroforestry Federation – www.agroforestry.eu ) and will represent the interests of Polish agroforesters in wider European discussions.