Agroforestry Systems

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Fall 2016 quarter

Taught by

Agroforestry is a land management system that combines cultivated trees with crops and/or livestock in ways that are beneficial to humanity and the environment. In this science-intensive and rigorous program, students will read, discuss, and write summaries of popular books and peer-reviewed scientific literature to understand how ecological theory and technical agroforestry practices are applied to design windbreaks, alley cropping, silvopasture, riparian buffers, and forest farming production systems. Growth characteristics and cultural practices of perennial fruit- and nut-bearing species used in agroforestry systems will be taught. Day and overnight field trips will highlight opportunities and challenges to implementing agroforestry concepts, with particular emphasis on forest farming and edible forest gardens. Students will complete and present an agroforestry research project that includes a scientific literature review and applied design project of their choice.

Program Details

Fields of Study

agriculture ecology environmental studies

Preparatory For

agriculture, forestry, horticulture, land management, and permaculture design.



Fall Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

First Class Meeting: Tuesday, September 27 at 9am (Sem II D2107)

Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online


$300 for overnight field trips and registration.