Agroforestry is one of the top ten natural climate solutions and the Midwest is one of the target regions for its adoption. Learn more about how you can use agroforestry practices for carbon drawdown as well as profit.
Whether you are an experienced farmer, institutional landowner, or agroforestry enthusiast, we have resources and programs to help you get launched. Find out how to access resources, chose tree crops for your area, and much more.
From farm management to marketing, we can help you access cost-share resources, understand emerging markets for tree crops, and plan for successful agroforestry adoption. Start off on the right foot with your finances.
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Kevin Wolz: Here in the US, around the year 1900, the black currant industry was about as large as the blackberry industry is today. Blackberries are not the most common fruit, but everyone knows what a blackberry is, and you can buy them in basically any store. And...
The Savanna Institute launches Tree Crop Improvement Program to boost Midwestern farm profitability, sustainability
$12.7 million in grants from the Grantham Environmental Trust and the Matthew Zell Family Foundation will fund tree crop breeding to improve varieties for Midwestern farmers who want to diversify their operations with perennial crops
Agroforestry is a viable natural climate solution that landowners can adopt right now to increase climate-smart agriculture in the region. Planting trees in pasture, along waterways, and in alley cropping systems resonates with many that want to diversify their farm income while addressing climate change and protecting water. The demand has exposed crucial gaps in educational opportunities, state and local agricultural policy, and staff capacity to provide one-on-one support to farmers and landowners seeking to establish agroforestry projects in this region. The Savanna Institute is working to fill those gaps in Illinois and across the Midwestern US.