Agroforestry

Agroforestry is the combination of short-term crops, like vegetables or tubers, with long-term crops, like nitrogen-fixing trees or fruiting shrubs. It is often part of a Permaculture design because it can create a more diverse, productive, profitable, ecologically sound, and sustainable system as compared to conventional agriculture. One common form of agroforestry is a food forest, a collection of various edible and fruiting crops planted together to mimic the stability and diversity of a natural forest.

We have experimented with various forms of agroforestry at our Teaching Center, including food forests, terraced alley cropping, and long-term bamboo forestry, and we have helped partner organizations to establish their own systems.


CURRICULUM OUTLINE:

  • Agroforestry within Permaculture Design
  • Importance of Agroforestry and potential benefits including:
    • sustainable farms, ranches, and woodlands;
    • diversified income on farms and ranches;
    • clean air and water; habitat for wildlife;
    • improved soil health;
    • safe and healthy food;
    • energy conservation;
    • more interesting farms;
    • bioenergy production;
    • increased wealth in rural communities...and more.
  • Different Main Forms of Agroforestry:
    • Forest Farming, Food Forests, or Multi-Storey Cropping
    • Alley Cropping
    • Silvopasture: a combination of trees and shrubs with pasture to provide forage and shelter for grazing animals
    • Windbreaks
    • Riparian Forest Buffers
  • Maintenance and evolution of these systems
 
 

Mountain Biking

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Nature Photography

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Advanced Hiking

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Backpacking

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Sub-alpine terrace and astonishing views

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