Whether you’re new to agroforestry or you’re a seasoned professional expanding your knowledge base, the Center for Agroforestry's podcast series is a source for learning and inspiration. We'll explore topics ranging from forest farming medicinal plants and mushrooms, to soil and water conservation with hedgerows and buffers, and everything in between.
Subscribe to this podcast on your preferred podcast app, and stay tuned as we share the multitude of ways farmers and landowners, researchers and educators are working to reintegrate diverse woody perennial plants into multifunctional landscapes.
Land Access: An Enduring Presence for Perennial Farms
Secure and affordable long-term land access can be a major barrier for beginning farmers planning agroforestry endeavors. In this episode, we’ll hear from a few people who support solutions to this challenge: Keefe Keeley, co-executive director of the Savanna Institute; Joe Klingelhutz, farm specialist with the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust; and Emily Wright, farmer and president of the board of directors for the Greenbelt Land Trust of Mid-Missouri.
Theme music by Noah Earle.
Financing & Economics: Choosing Long-term Rewards
We close season one of the Agroforestry Podcast with an episode intended to steer your budding tree crop ideas into grounded reality. Larry Godsey, Professor of Agribusiness at Missouri Valley College, and Paul Dietmann, Senior Lending Officer of Mission Finances at Compeer Financial, share insights about economics in the context of long-term harvests.
You can find more information to help you get started with profitability projections and decision-making tools at www.CenterforAgroforestry.org/profit.
Agroforestry in Urban Landscapes
Urban agroforestry is more than the marriage of city farms and community forestry; there are many ways multi-story perennial food systems can take shape in these spaces. In this episode, we hear from Sarah Lovell, Director of the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry; Cathy Bukowski, PhD Candidate at Virginia Tech and author of a book on community food forests; and Matt Lebon, owner and operator of Custom Foodscaping in St.Louis.
Pawpaw: Cultivating the Elusive Fruit
Pawpaw has big potential as a specialty crop with conservation value. In this episode, learn about the plant’s biology, propagation, and promising cultivars from Patrick Byers, University of Missouri Extension; and about technical and financial support for agroforestry plantings like pawpaw from Lauren Cartwright, Missouri’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Made in the Shade: Silvopasture with Cattle
Silvopasture, the integration of trees with animals and forage, is a promising approach that can yield many benefits. In this episode, we’ll hear from Ashley Conway, the Center for Agroforestry’s silvopasture research faculty, Dusty Walter, MU’s Wurdack Research Center superintendent, and Greg Judy, a practitioner who’s found success with silvopasture at Green Pastures Farm.
Forest Honey from Horizontal Hives
This episode features Dr. Leo Sharashkin’s seminar from the Agroforestry Academy, the Center for Agroforestry's annual intensive training program. Leo collects wild swarms of honeybees and keeps them in “horizontal”, or Layens, hives to harvest forest honey that is free of agrichemicals and other contaminants. This special episode offers a deep dive into the world of keeping small bee livestock as part of a forest farming operation.
Great info for a Missouri gal with a big garden, looking into adding some tree crops. I have paw paw, walnut, blackberries and pears so far.
This podcast is a godsend for someone considering starting a hopyard. Plus, the hosts are fun!