Online Agroforestry Courses

Are you ready to grow your farming knowledge?

Our online agroforestry courses focus on key tree crops and practices, marketing, land access and finances, agroecology, and climate change.

Each course features multimedia lessons with video and audio with all you need to dig deep into each subject.  The self-paced courses can be taken individually or in sequence.

We offer two introductory courses free to the public, and four professional development courses available for a small service fee of $40 per course. Check back for more professional development coursework coming soon.

 

Free Courses

Agroforestry Foundations

The Agroforestry Foundations course is designed to introduce you to a diversity of agroforestry practices, financial arrangements, farm designs and business models while helping you reflect on your own personal values and goals.

Social Justice and Agroforestry

For many people, at least part of their interest lies in being an active participant in an agricultural system that is more environmentally regenerative, economically viable, and socially responsible than the current dominant US agricultural system. Creating a more regenerative and equitable agricultural system through agroforestry, however, requires us to recognize and address the injustices that have led to, and continue to shape, the current system.

Take an Introductory Online Course

Courses $40/each

Perennial Crops and Practices in Agroforestry

Planning prior to starting an agroforestry practice or system is essential for long-term sustainability. In the Agroforestry Foundations course, we started thinking about all the aspects that need to be considered to help us plan our agroforestry project, and in this course, we take a much deeper dive into planning for agroforestry, land access options and resources, and finance options and resources.

Managing Agroforestry Systems in a Changing Climate

All ecosystems are complex, including agroforestry systems. They are made up of many organisms interacting with each other and their environment. Through observing and understanding how ecosystems function, people can work with natural processes to design and manipulate ecosystems for desired benefits in ways that are sustainable, resilient, and even regenerative. In this course, we dive into these fundamentals of agroforestry management. In Lesson 1, we discuss how biodiversity is essential to agroforestry systems and ways that practitioners maintain biodiversity in agroforestry systems. In Lesson 2, we explore how climate change is affecting agricultural ecosystems and how agroforestry can contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Land Access and Finances in Agroforestry

Planning prior to starting an agroforestry practice or system is essential for long-term sustainability. In the Agroforestry Foundations course, we started thinking about all the aspects that need to be considered to help us plan our agroforestry project, and in this course, we take a much deeper dive into planning for agroforestry, land access options and resources, and finance options and resources.

Marketing in Agroforestry

If selling at least one product or generating income is a goal of your agroforestry practice, then, it’s important to consider how you will market the product(s) you want to sell. Agricultural marketing includes all the activities producers do in order to promote and sell products to consumers.  In this module, we will review the basic elements of marketing and how to create a marketing plan for an agroforestry enterprise.

Ready for some on-farm training?

 

Each summer the Savanna Institute runs an on-farm agroforestry apprenticeship program. This program pairs beginning farmers with experienced agroforesters for 10 weeks of hand-on training and mentoring. Program participants also join an online course and travel to area farms as a cohort to build their network and gain exposure to the wide range of agroforestry practices present across the Midwest.