What is agroforestry?
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Agroforestry is the integration of trees, crops and livestock in farming systems. In a nutshell, it means farming with trees.
Truly ecological agriculture not only benefits the land, but supports thriving human communities interdependent with the land.
Understanding Agroforestry Practices
There are several ways to implement agroforestry, and they each have different benefits and challenges. Begin to explore these practices and learn about how they might be used to diversify farm income, meet conservation goals, improve water retention, and even boost crop yield.
Learn more about five key agroforestry practices: Riparian Buffers, Forest Farming, Alley Cropping, Silvopasture and Windbreaks in these handy infographics.
Want to learn more about agroforestry?
Take the Online Course: 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.
Financing agroforestry on your land
Tree crops grow on a different schedule from annual crops, and so financing agroforestry adoption is also different. Our financial resources will help you:
- Explore our profiles of landowners who have adopted agroforestry to understand how some farmers made the switch.
- Check out the economic projections for key tree crops of the Midwest.
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 hands-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.