Agroforestry is the intentional integration of trees and shrubs into traditional crop and livestock enterprises to achieve multiple benefits. It is generally characterized using the four “I’s”:
Intentional – Planned and designed systems that work holistically
Intensive – actively managed and maintained
Integrated – managing crops, livestock, trees, and shrubs as a system rather than individually
Interactive – capitalizes on the complex interactions amongst elements of the systems
2. Windbreaks/Shelterbelts/Living Snowfence
Agroforestry practices are designed to fit specific niches within the farm to meet specific landowner objectives. Five distinct practices are recognized under agroforestry:
1. Riparian/Upland Forest Buffers
3. Alley Cropping
5. Forest Farming
Agroforestry is an underutilized land management system that can substantially reduce wind and water erosion, sedimentation, nutrient pollution, while providing positive benefits for wildlife and carbon sequestration, not to mention the fruit, nuts, biomass, or other specialty products that many agroforestry practices produce.
To educate landowners, natural resource professionals, farmers, and the general public, Trees Forever and partners are providing agroforestry outreach through workshops, field days, press releases, and on-farm learning through 2016. We have several opportunities to get engaged and learn more in the coming weeks and months.
For more information or deeper understanding contact Jeff Jensen
with Trees Forever at 515-320-6756.