Climate Change

Agroforestry is a top climate solution to draw down carbon


The climate science is clear. Incremental change is no longer enough to address the scale of the climate emergency. It’s time for systems-level change. As stewards of photosynthesis, farmers have the power to pull carbon down out of the atmosphere and limit the damage of climate change. Research shows that millions of acres of agricultural land in the Midwest could not only be more profitable for farmers, but, by adopting agroforestry, farmers have the ability to transform American agriculture from a climate problem to a climate solution.

Will you join us in the transformation?

Agroforestry is an important solution not only to drawdown carbon but to build our soil resilience to capture water and slow runoff.


Savanna Institute’s Response to the IPCC Climate Report

Natural Climate Solutions are Essential to Avoiding Catastrophic Climate Disaster

Spring Green, WI: On Monday, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest report, issuing what UN Secretary-General António Guterres described as a “clarion call to massively fast-track climate efforts by every country and every sector and on every timeframe.” The report, dubbed a ‘survival guide for humanity,’ underscores the urgency for local and global leaders to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, and forecasted an overshoot of the goal as early as 2030 if major course corrections are not taken. The Savanna Institute, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit working to transition Midwest agriculture to a climate solution, issued the following statement.

Give a gift that heals the climate

When you purchase a gift from our giving guide, you help plant more trees to draw down carbon and improve water quality for generations. Instead of buying plants from nurseries which increases our carbon footprint through transportation and delivery, this package helps us work in smaller packages of seeds and scion to get our Campus Nursery and plantings off to the most sustainable start. One lb of seed plants one acre and ensures further revenue to support education, research, and demonstration.

a hazelnut bush in summer

Project Drawdown ranks agroforestry as a top climate solution

Multistrata agroforestry systems mimic natural forests in structure. Multiple layers of trees and crops achieve high rates of both carbon sequestration and food production. Read more from Project Drawdown, a nonprofit organization that researches climate solutions.

Want to learn more about agroforestry?


Take the Course: Agroecology & Climate Change in Agroforestry

In this course, we review the fundamentals of agroforestry management. We explore how climate change is affecting agricultural ecosystems and how agroforestry can contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

three apprentices and a farmer sit on the porch of a white house

10 steps to make hazelnuts a common crop


Hazelnuts can sequester over a ton of carbon per acre in woody biomass alone over their first five years. Plus, they have the potential to replace soybeans as a staple source of protein and oil. Find out what needs to happen to launch the hazelnut industry in the Midwest and make tasty carbon-sequestering “soy on trees” common throughout our region.



U.S. agriculture has massive potential to sequester carbon from the atmosphere if farmers adopt agroforestry.