What is agroforestry?

marrying farming and forestry.

Agroforestry Systems - Regenerative Agriculture
 

Agroforestry is the production of food, fodder, fibre and fuel whilst creating a forest ecosystem. This comes in many forms, where products such as food can come directly from trees, or where annual crops are produced alongside trees. 

The challenges of the future involves feeding an increasing population (estimated to reach 9 billion in 2050) and increasing the amount of forested land to capture carbon and stablise the natural systems.  We believe agroforestry is fundamental to achieve these objectives, and is capable of valuing nature for what it is truly worth.  

By its nature, agroforestry lies at the heart of bringing harmony between the needs of man and nature, based on the understanding that after all, we are one and the same. 

This is based on the understanding that nature tends towards forests. Trees, as the most intelligently bioengineered feature around, are responsible for stabilising atmospheric conditions, producing rich fertile soil (our source of life), feeding the planet, and much more. When we realise that we don't need to reinvent the wheel, we can adapt forests to our agricultural needs to regenerate our degraded landscapes and find harmony with our environment. 

By simply inspiring ourselves from their intelligence we can start to imitate the the way forests function. We can understand what the dynamics and principles of nature and apply them to our agricultural systems. This is a challenge for the farming industry, as it means a deep change on a philosophical level and technical level.

For this reason we gone to two of the masters of agroforestry to learn from those that are successfully implementing truly regenerative agroforestry systems. 

 Farms can become regenerative, independent of external inputs, providers of habitat, creators of life, and can turn around the pressing challenge of desertification. 

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New Forest Farm, a planned conversion of a typical row-crops grain farm into a perennial agricultural ecosystem.

New Forest Farm, a planned conversion of a typical row-crops grain farm into a perennial agricultural ecosystem.

We have disconnected ourselves from the life on the planet, thinking that we are the intelligent ones. We cant see that we are just part of an intelligent system.
— Ernst Gotsch

 

two masters of agroforestry.

ernst gotsch
syntropic agriculture

Deeply understands nature from which he extracted a set of clear principles.   Ernst spent a week with us in Greece designing our agroforestry system.

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mark shepard
restoration agriculture

By imitating natural systems, and adapting plants that naturally grow in our areas, we can create agricultural systems that operate with strategic neglect. 

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We look forward to redesign agriculture in nature's image
and develop a viable agroforestry model for the Mediterranean region. 

 
Mazi Farm Regenerative Agroforestry Farm