16 episodes

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.

The Agroforestry Podcast University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 42 Ratings

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.

    Maple Sugaring in the Lower Midwest

    Maple Sugaring in the Lower Midwest

    Missouri tree syrup makers are connected to the forest in an intimate way, attending to late winter temperature fluctuations, noticing their trees’ health, and delighting in a sap flow that will result (with much time and care) in a sweet reward. Maples are not a preferred species in these forests, but where abundant, tapping them can yield a sustainable source of nutritious sugars. The Center for Agroforestry’s new project “Putting Maple on the Map in the Lower Midwest” highlights the important role these trees play in forest farming and ecological health. 
    Dr. Benjamin Knapp is faculty manager at the University of Missouri’s Baskett Forest where we visit during the annual open house tapping event. Beth Morgan and her family at Hart|Beet Farm in Eolia, Missouri show us around their sugarbush and the ins-and-outs of their “sapinator” where they make a unique syrup for their CSA customers. 

    • 33 min
    The Chestnut Improvement Network

    The Chestnut Improvement Network

    After decades of trial and error, cultivar test orchards, and local breeding efforts, chestnuts are about to take a big leap towards becoming more regionally adapted and rooted in productive agroforestry systems across their range. The Chestnut Improvement Network is a participatory breeding program led by Dr. Ron Revord, tree crop geneticist at the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry, with key producer partners, including Dr. Greg Miller, chestnut grower and tree geneticist at the Route 9 Cooperative.
    Native Land Map: https://native-land.ca/

    • 40 min
    Silvopasture with Hogs: What?! How and Why

    Silvopasture with Hogs: What?! How and Why

    Trees and pigs may seem an unlikely combination, but in fact, hog silvopasture has been practiced for thousands of years, and is only recently making a comeback in the US. In this episode, two practitioners share their insights about raising hogs under trees. During the last in-person Perennial Farm Gathering, hosted by the Savanna Institute, we talked with Dayna Burtness of Nettle Valley Farm, and recorded a presentation from Eliza Greenman of HogTree. Dr. Ashley Conway is our guest host to offer some context within the world of silvopasture history, management, and risks.

    • 39 min
    Shiitake Happens: Integrating Fungi into Whole Farm Systems

    Shiitake Happens: Integrating Fungi into Whole Farm Systems

    In this episode, we inoculate a deeper understanding of how fungi can play an important role on farms with trees, both as a valuable crop and as a source of ecological revitalization. Steve Gabriel from the Cornell Small Farms Program and Wellspring Forest Farm, and Nicola MacPherson from Ozark Forest Mushrooms share their insights and experience working with shiitake mushrooms.

    • 32 min
    Land Access: An Enduring Presence for Perennial Farms

    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 provided by Noah Earle - “Cake and Ice Cream”
    Interstitial music:
    Podington Bear - “Memory Wind”, “Pink Gradient” (CC BY-NC 3.0)
    Lobo Loco - “Like JJ” (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) 
    Dr. Turtle - “Database of Problems, Rolodex of Lies” (CC BY 4.0)

    • 40 min
    Financing & Economics: Choosing Long-term Rewards

    Financing & Economics: Choosing Long-term Rewards

    We close the first season of the Agroforestry Podcast with an episode intended to steer your budding tree crop ideas into grounded reality.  Larry Godsey, Associate Professor of Agribusiness at Missouri Valley College and former agroforestry economist with the Center for Agroforestry, shares his insightful perspective about economics in the context of long-term harvests and ecosystem services associated with perennial farming.  And while economics isn’t all about finances, it’s an important part of the equation; Paul Dietmann, Senior Lending Officer of Mission Finances at Compeer Financial and co-author of Fearless Farm Finances, offers an insider perspective on financing for beginning farmers interested in planting trees.
    You can find more information to help you get started with profitability projections and decision-making tools at www.CenterforAgroforestry.org/profit.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Oatmealsternly ,

Best podcast ever

MU’s agroforestry center is doing the Lord’s good work. This podcast keeps it coming with nutritious food for thought. I’m glad it exists. If we can all help build the future they imagine, I think things could get a lot better.

ElectraShellGame ,

Missouri gardener

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.

Der Steppenwolf JP ,

Great resource

This podcast is a godsend for someone considering starting a hopyard. Plus, the hosts are fun!

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