Climate Change

Incremental change is not enough

 

It’s time for systems-level change. As stewards of photosynthesis, farmers have the power to pull carbon down out of the atmosphere. 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 flip the script and make American agriculture a climate solution rather than a source of emissions.

Our goal is to help farmers and landowners harness this power.

a graph comparing strategies for carbon drawdown

With even a modest level of adoption, agroforestry could sequester 2.2 gigatons of carbon per year- more than any other agriculture land management approach out there.

 

How much more carbon could we store if agroforestry were widely adopted?

IPCC (2000); Jose & Barhan (2012) Agroforestry Systems

 

 

It starts with planting tree crops

 

Learn about what tree crops succeeed best in our region. These handy infosheets include information about managing each tree crop, markets, benefits and challenges, and economic projections for most of the common tree crops in the Midwest. Download these free infosheets and learn how to get started.

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.

 

 

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1 acre of alley cropping sequesters .65 tons of carbon per year

 

Learn about alley cropping and other ways of implementing agroforestry on your property through these downloadable infographics.