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Planning, Land Access and Finances

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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. See below for more details and an outline.

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The degree to which different crops and practices are incorporated into an agroforestry system depends on the site characteristics as well as the values and goals of the people stewarding the land. This makes agroforestry very site specific, and therefore, no two practices or systems are exactly alike. 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. Specifically, we will cover the following topics and lessons in this course:

  • Introduction   
    • Module Overview
    • Essential Questions
    • Learning Objectives and Content Topics
  • Lesson 1: Planning For Agroforestry   
    • Farmer Voices
    • Whole Farm Planning
    • Assessing Resources and Preferences
    • Reflection Questions
    • Supplemental Resources
  • Lesson 2: Land Access   
    • Farmer Voices
    • What’s the challenge?
    • What are land access strategies for agroforestry?
      • Leases
        • Cash Lease Models
        • Alternative Lease Models
        • Reflection Questions
      • Innovative Models of Land Access
        • Community land trust and land pooling
        • Shared ownership models
        • Incubator Farms
      • Purchasing Agricultural Land
        • Purchase with conventional financing
        • Purchase through “owner financing”
        • Purchase of land protected by a conservation easement
        • Reflection Question
    • Legal Considerations
      • Reflection Questions
      • Supplemental Resources
  • Lesson 3: Finances   
    • Farmer Voices
    • Financial Planning
      • Supplemental Resources
    • Financial Assistance Programs
    • Federal Financial Assistance
      • Examples
      • Reflection Questions
      • Supplemental Resources
    • State Financial Assistance
    • Considering Carbon
      • Reflection Questions

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!