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Originally written by Elizabeth Waddington with Treehugger

Agroforestry is the combination of agriculture and forestry. It is different from traditional forestry and agriculture in the way that it focuses on the relationships between components rather than on just the components themselves. It can be beneficial when implemented at a range of different scales. While the concepts of agroforestry are most typically applied as forest gardening, when implemented on a smaller, domestic scale, there are other agroforestry approaches to consider as well.

Agroforestry basically involves considering how trees can be integrated into a range of different means of food production. Main types of agroforestry include:

  • Forest gardening/food forests: Abundant and biodiverse, largely perennial, planting schemes.
  • Silvoarable systems: Integrating trees with traditional row crops/grains/pulses.
  • Silvopasture systems: Integrating trees with animal pasture/livestock farming.


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