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Include Trees and Shrubs in Your Farm or Garden Plans

Alley cropping is one type of agroforestry, shown here at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center.

Alley cropping is one type of agroforestry, shown here at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center.

July 26, 2018

Agroforestry is the intentional combination of agriculture and forestry to create integrated and sustainable land-use systems. These systems take advantage of the interactive benefits of integrating trees and shrubs with herbaceous crops and/or livestock.

Agroforestry practices include alley cropping, forest farming, riparian forest buffers, silvopasture, windbreaks and a few other special applications. Read about this cultural practice in the summer issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener. In "Economic Opportunities for Agroforestry in the Northeast," Heather Omand, MOFGA's organic marketing and business specialist, discusses the abundance of resources available regarding agroforestry, the farms and models that could inform Maine agriculture, the economic potential for agroforestry and a few cautions.

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