Agroforestry: Science, Design, and Practice

FOR 418 (US/IL) AGROFORESTRY: SCIENCE, DESIGN, AND PRACTICE (3) FOR 418 syllabus (Please note that syllabi are subject to change and this may not be the most current syllabus.)

Agroforestry is the intentional design of ecological systems that carefully combine long term tree crops with plants and/or animals. The goal of this course is to foster a practical working knowledge of the design and function of agroforestry practices as they are applied throughout the world. Agroforestry practices that will be covered include riparian forest buffers, windbreaks, alley cropping, silvopastures, and forest farming. This course explores mechanisms for integrating agricultural and forest product production on a global scale. This course is open to all majors. Course objectives include 1) identifying and discussing agroforestry concepts, systems and practices, 2) illustrating the diversity of agroforestry systems and practices, 3) contrasting agroforestry in temperate and tropical environments, 4) reviewing agroforestry practices applicable to Pennsylvania, and 5) summarizing and critically considering agroforestry research and extension methods. Evaluation methods include homework, term projects, and class participation. This course is offered in the spring of even years. The course includes a optional one credit study tour to South Africa.