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Agroforestry is a relatively new word that refers to growing trees together with other agricultural crops and animals, with benefits to plants, animals, people, and the environment. Even though the concept is new, agroforestry has been practiced for thousands of years to sustainably provide food, medicine, and materials. Agroforestry also provides many of the ecological services we value highly: conservation of soil and water, biodiversity, and beauty, to name just a few. 

Many people are now rediscovering agroforestry as a way to address food security, resource conservation, and habitat restoration, while building local economic capacity. Even a small “forest island” of food trees and shrubs can provide a significant amount of food for a family, with excess to share with friends or sell at a local farmers market. 

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This web site provides home growers, farmers, extension agents, and researcher information resources for learning more about agroforestry, including

  • The Overstory, a free agroforestry journal has been published by Agroforestry Net since 1997. Each issue covers an important subject related to trees and agroforestry. You can view all past editions here.
  • Free publications published by Agroforestry Net. These works cover many of the important trees and agroforestry systems of the tropics as well as some temperate systems.
  • The Agroforesters Library includes books, periodicals, and species references recommended by our readers since 2001.

Agroforestry Net, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational resources about agroforestry, trees, and sustainable stewardship of land and water.

aboutAgroforestry Net, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational resources about agroforestry, trees, and sustainable stewardship of land and water. Its mission is to promote sustainable, diverse, and thriving agroecosystems, communities, and economies through eduction and research. We are recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) organization. Publications produced by Agroforestry Net, Inc. are available to the public at agroforestry.org. Our activities are supported by donations from individuals.

Hundreds have contributed material to this web site via submissions to The Overstory ejournal, contributions to the Agroforestry Library, and countless conversations since 1998. 

Craig Elevitch, an educator in agroforestry and sustainable human agroecosystems since 1991, directs Agroforestry Net. The organization’s internationally recognized publications and workshops have guided thousands in becoming more proficient in ecological food production, agroforestry, and reforestation. Craig edits The Overstory, a monthly agroforestry journal with thousands of subscribers in 185 countries. His books include Agroforestry Guides for Pacific Islands (2000), The Overstory Book: Cultivating Connections with Trees (2004), Traditional Trees of Pacific Islands: Their Culture, Environment, and Use (2006), and Specialty Crops for Pacific Islands (2011), all of which promote diverse agricultural systems that produce abundant food, fiber, medicine, and other important resources.