Agroforestry Foundations

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The Agroforestry Foundations course has been 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. Read the longer description below for an outline.

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The Agroforestry Foundations course has been 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.  Because successful agroforestry looks different in nearly every situation, these lessons will culminate in a case study exercise at the end of the course to help you think about what it could look like for you.

Outline:

  1. Lesson 1: What is Agroforestry?   
    1. Farmer Voices
    2. Agroforestry has multiple social and environmental benefits
      1. What’s in the name?
    3. Indigenous and local communities have practiced agroforestry for centuries
    4. Agroforestry practices are very diverse
  2. Lesson 2: Foundations of Agroforestry Planning   
    1. Farmer Voices
    2. Reflection Questions
    3. Supplemental Resources

Who should take this course? Those new to agroforestry, beginners, and dreamers. Throughout the course, we purposefully refer to people as agroforesters, practitioners, stewards etc., recognizing that not all people interested in beginning agroforestry projects identify as a farmer. Additionally, agroforestry projects can get started in rural and urban locations and everywhere in between. We also welcome those wanting to learn more about agroforestry in order to teach others the benefits of agroforestry. Regardless, whether you’re looking to diversify your income or landscape, or to help and strengthen your community, agroforestry has a lot to offer.

So let’s get started!