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.
You’re Invited to the Agroforestry Symposium! January 20th
The 13th Annual Agroforestry Symposium on Food, Fire, & Agroforestry for the Future: Ecological Knowledges for Climate Resilience will be held on January 20th, 2022 from 10am to 4pm CST online and Zoom. The theme for this year's event brings attention to the ways that intercultural perspectives in land-based sciences are essential as we collectively face current climate realities. The event is free and open to the public. Register and see more details at https://centerforagroforestry.org/annual-symposium/.
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. In this episode, two practitioners share their insights about raising hogs under trees. During the 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, as guest host, gives us context in the world of silvopasture history, management, and risks.
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.
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.
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!
What a wonderful resource
I am a new graduate student (online) at the U. of Missouri in the Agroforestry program. This is a wondkerful podcast and an incredible resource for those that are not systematically studying the field. For those of us that are in the field, this is also a wonderful resource because it brings timely subjects articulated by experts to this easy to access format. Thank you.