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Landscape for Income, Edibles, Energy, Improved Pasture and Ecosystem Services

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Are you interested in establishing perennial systems in the landscape for edibles, income, pasture, energy and for ecosystem services such as improved water quality and wildlife habitat?

University of Minnesota Extension’s Diomy Zamora will provide this three-hour class to participants who will gain an understanding of how agroforestry can be used to attract wildlife, produce energy, edibles and forage, generate income and achieve ecosystem services.

The class will be held on September 5, 2013, from 5-8 p.m., in Conference Room B., Winona County Office Building, 202 W 3rd St., Winona, Minn. 55987

Agroforestry is a unique land management practice that provides opportunities to integrate productivity and profitability with environmental stewardship (e.g., enhancing wildlife habitat, improve water), resulting in healthy and sustainable agricultural systems. It is the intentional mixing of trees and shrubs with crop and/or animal production systems to create economic, environmental, and social benefits.

Examples of agroforestry practices are: 1) windbreaks -living fences that protect field, farmstead, and livestock; 2) riparian and upland buffers that act as sponges and filters to protect water quality; 3) silvopastoral systems with trees, livestock, and forages growing together; 4) alley cropping which integrates annual or perennial crops with high-value trees and shrubs; and 5) forest farming where food, herbal (botanicals), and decorative products are grown under the protection of a managed forest canopy.

The design of each of these agroforestry practices to achieve economic benefits will be discussed in this class. To register for the class, register online at http://z.umn.edu/landscapewinona or contact Elaine Hardy at 218-828-2276 or wagne079@umn.ed​u. Cost is $20 and can be paid at the door; however pre-registration is required. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

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