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Agroforestry practices throughout Delaware

Credit: Dot Abbott

AGROFORESTRY practices are scattered throughout Delaware’s landscape. On almost every road you’ll see windbreaks that not only protect crop and/or livestock operations, but also increase bee pollination. Riparian forest buffers reduce non-point sources of pollution from entering a water source, while providing wildlife habitat. Forest farming cultivates specialty crops (i.e., Shiitake mushrooms, fruit & nut producing trees or Christmas trees) under a forest canopy. Silvopasture combines trees with forage & livestock production. Even short-rotation woody crop biofuel plantations are an agroforestry effort. Some folks use their woodland to cultivate decorative ferns, herbs and medicinal plants.

The Maryland/Delaware Division of the Society of American Foresters will be offering agroforestry education at their fall meeting on November 1, 2012, in Middletown, Delaware. Continuing education credits for SAF and ISA will be provided. There is a registration fee for this event. If you are interested in agroforestry practices or would like to attend the SAF meeting, contact Dot Abbott (Extension Agent – Renewable Resources) at the UD-Kent County Cooperative Extension Office (302-730-4000).