Agroforestry is a sustainable land management system which combines the production of perennial and annual crops as well as forest plants and livestock simultaneously or sequentially on the same unit of land to increase yield, realize ecological benefits, and maximize ecosystem services.

If you have questions about Agroforestry, please contact Carrie Brausieck at 425-377-7014 or cbrausieck@snohomishcd.org.


Learn more about what is happening on Nick Pate’s property through our Working Buffers video

An educational video that explains what working buffers are and how they can be used on farms. These buffers are a practice within Agroforestry, which uses trees to create both crops and remediation for pollutants, protection from flooding, habitat creation, and more. Narrated by Carrie Brausieck, Snohomish Conservation District Resource Planner. Video edited and produced by Lorenzo Townsend.


World Forest Clock

Trees and forests are the most powerful carbon capture systems on our planet! It has been estimated that one tree can store around 48 pounds of carbon dioxide within one year of growth! (EEA, 2018) However, there is a global crisis of deforestation as land is continually cleared mostly for agricultural (Curtis et al, 2018). What if we could practice agriculture with and amongst trees? Agroforestry provides this solution as a way of producing diversified crops on a parcel of land while maintaining the ecosystem services and functions. Agroforestry can be seen as an ecosystem based or natural climate solution.  Natural or ecosystem-based climate solutions will be an essential piece of the pie in mitigating for climate change. Research is showing that natural based climate solutions have the potential to achieve 37% of our climate target, however they currently only receive 2.5% of public climate financing! (Griscom et al, 2017). Contact us about agroforestry today!

Source: FORESTS NEWS  Click the graphic to see the clock in action.

Source: FORESTS NEWS

Click the graphic to see the clock in action.

 
  • Curtis, Philip G., Slay, C., Harris, N., Tyukavina, A., Hansen, M. 2018. Classifying drivers of global forest loss. Science. Vol 361. I 6407. Pp1108-1111.

  • Europe Environmental Agency. 2017. Forest Health and Climate Change. Accessed 18-Dec-18 https://www.eea.europa.eu/articles/forests-health-and-climate-change/

  • Griscom, Bronson W., Adams, J., Ellis, P., Houghton, R., Lomax, G., Miteva, D., et al. 2017. Natural Climate Solutions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences PNAS. 114(44). Pp11645-11650. 

  • Source of Clocks is Forests News / Read more about it here.


Practices and Benefits of Agroforestry

Practices in agroforestry include:

  • Forest Farming

  • Alley Cropping

  • Silvopasture

  • Riparian Buffers (Working Buffers)

  • Windbreaks

Benefits of agroforestry include:

  • Combination of economic production with environmental protection

  • Increased potential to increase production and profitability

  • Providing diversity and flexibility into a production system

  • Increases in wildlife and beneficial insect habitat

  • Creates a more sustainable system

  • Carbon sequestration


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