Perennial Pathways: Planting Tree Crops

Matt Wilson, Sarah Taylor Lovell, Tobias Carter | 2018

Agroforestry has been around for decades, though the approach of integrating multiple species of edible trees and shrubs with vegetables, row crops, or livestock into a farm-scale system in temperate areas is relatively recent. Developed, in part, with support from a Wisconsin SARE mini-grant, the systems in this handbook have the potential to be scaled up and even to be mechanized, making them practical for more farmers to implement. The handbook is available online as a free PDF download, or in print.

“This book will be helpful throughout the stages of farm startup: from the outset of envisioning into the thick of planting and managing crops. In the beginning, it will provide sparks to the imagination. Then, the book offers scaffolding for plans to take shape. Throughout, it informs decisions of when to ‘do it yourself’ and when to seek out help.” —Keefe Keeley, Co-Executive Director, Savanna Institute

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.