Agroforesty is a new name for ancient, sustainable system of farming that has been practiced around the globe for thousands of years. Agroforestry is a form of “multifunctional agriculture,” where harvestable trees and shrubs are combined with annual crops and/or livestock on the same unit of land. By blending agriculture and forestry, farmers have the opportunity to produce high value tree products with strong markets while maintaining regular income with annual companion crops and livestock. The trees and shrubs grown in an agroforestry system also improve soil health, water quality, and wildlife habitat, allowing a farm to maximize economic production and ecological protection simultaneously on the same parcel of land.

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