Agroforestry

Green Feet promotes and indulges in the practice of Agroforestry because of it’s evident

Where does Agroforestry fit among other forms of sustainable farming?

Where does Agroforestry fit among other forms of sustainable farming?

links with the idea of Sustainability. Theoretically, Agroforestry is a great bridge between the forestry and agriculture. Since the intentions of each of these fields conflicts with the other, Agroforestry uses the intention of “sustinable land use” to make these two fields work together

.Snow Fence in Alberta BC

The ability of a land based ecosystem to function and maintain productivity for a long time is a good example of sustainability that is embraced by Agroforestry. In short, Agroforestry is “the system of developing agricultural land in combination with forestry technologies”. On the ground, this looks a lot like land with shrubs and trees that grow alongside crop and livestock to encourage health, profitability, productivity, diversity.

Benefits of Agroforestry:

* encourages the adaptation of natural ecological processes within the commercial system.  * helps farmers control land degradation *shelter crop and livestock *can enhance wildlife habitat while making the most out of commercial opportunities.

Experimentation plot in Ecuador (4 years old)

Experimentation plot in Ecuador (4 years old)

For Agroforestry to work well, species must be carefully selected and spaced. They are managed to reduce negative competition and if species are selected well, this managment is minimal.

 

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