Agroforestry Technical Support
Get help planning your agroforestry system
Are you ready to start planning your agroforestry system?
Our Community Agroforesters will help you write a farm narrative and find resources for agroforestry. Our technical service providers conduct site visits to guide you in designing and planning your system.
What does the process look like?
- One-on-one support
We will work together and with other partners throughout the process. Ultimately, YOU are in charge of moving the plan forward!
- Learn about agroforestry
We will share videos, written materials, and updates about learning opportunities.
- Write a narrative
We will help you define your goals, identify available resources, and determine how agroforestry fits into your vision for your farm.
- Conduct a site assessment
Together we will gather information about your soils, existing plants, microclimates, and infrastructure.
- Crunch the numbers
We will connect you with tools to help you figure out the finances and guide you to sources of funding, including NRCS cost-share opportunities.
- Develop the design
We will work together to map out where everything will go and how it fits in with existing farm activities.
- Implement your vision
You will end up with a working plan. You can plant the trees yourself or we can connect you with other organizations to help.
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.
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.