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1 An agroforestry practice This presentation was developed by the USDA National Agroforestry Center

2  Define agroforestry  Define forest farming  Describe the benefits and concerns associated with forest farming  Identify potential opportunities, crops and products Forest Farming 2

3 …the intentional combining of agriculture and working trees to create sustainable farming systems. Forest Farming Silvopasture Alley cropping Windbreaks Forest farming Riparian buffer 3

4 The intentional manipulation, integration, and intensive management of woodlands that capitalize on specific plant interactions to produce non-timber products. 4 Forest Farming

5  Multi-storied cropping  Woodland gardening  Farming the forest  Home gardens (tropical)  Intentional and deliberate 5 Forest Farming

6  Woods cultivated higher costs farming in the forest  Wild simulated mimics nature lower cost less inputs 6 Forest Farming

7  Improve value and diversity of existing forests  Diversify income  Increase cash flow  Cultural/social connotations 7 Forest Farming

8  More intensive management, more skills  Markets remain fluid/poorly understood  Task of learning new concepts may be challenging  Considerable capital investments may be needed  Some plants may be endangered or subject to exploitation. 8 Forest Farming

9  Economic value with ready market  Associated with the understory – ground cover, herbs, shrubs, trees  Easy to grow or cultivate  Native  Traditional use  Under-utilized/novelty  Cultural or social interest 9 Forest Farming

10  Mushrooms  Florals  Greenery  Fruits  Herbs/vegetables  Landscaping  Crafts  Botanicals/medicinals  Nuts  Pollen 10 Forest Farming

11  Medicinals  Food Products  Decoratives  Handicrafts 11 Forest Farming

12 12 Forest Farming Examples:  Black cohosh  Ginseng  Goldenseal  May apple  Witch-hazel  Bloodroot  Pacific yew  Saw palmetto  Dietary supplements  Herbal medicines  Ethnobotanicals

13 13  Popular/ in vogue  High demand  High value  International and US markets Forest Farming

14  Fruits  Syrups  Mushrooms  Nuts  Vegetables  Honeys 14 Forest Farming

15  People love (and need) food  Native plants = natural (and wholesome)  Local food markets  Processing increases value  Organic possibilities 15 Forest Farming

16 16 Forest Farming Examples:  Bittersweet  Red-twig dogwood  Forsythia  Sword fern  Pine straw  Pine cones  Galax  Moss  Boughs  Salal  Landscaping  Florals

17 17  Popular  Local and regional markets  Ready markets  Seasonal Forest Farming

18 18 Forest Farming Derived from:  Vines  Branches  Cones  Foliage  Bark  Roots  Burls  Culls

19  Open to the imagination  Making ‘silk out of a sow’s ear’  Local and regional markets  High value possibilities Forest Farming

20 A number of web sites are available to provide more detailed information on forest farming. Here are a few:  USDA National Agroforestry Center  The Center for Agroforestry  Association for Temperate Agroforestry  Non-Timber Forest Products  Non-Timber Forest Products Information Exchange Forest Farming

21  Multi-storied agriculture with trees  Enhanced economic diversification  Improved value and diversity of existing woodlands  Increased cash flow through a variety of non-timber products  Cultural/social connotations Forest Farming

22 "The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C or call (202) (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer." "The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C or call (202) (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer." This presentation was developed by the USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC), Lincoln NE. NAC is a USDA partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. A partnership of: National Agroforestry Center 22 Forest Farming


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