Agroforestry Development

The Regenerative Agriculture Alliance (RAA) is a non-profit focused on scaling-up the supply chain for regenerative agriculture, with an emphasis on empowering BIPOC farmers. Recently, the RAA established Salvatierra Farm outside of Northfield, MN to showcase a variety of regenerative agriculture practices. We are currently increasing our involvement with the RAA and will be helping them develop, promote, and implement their on-farm/off-farm outreach and education programs. The focus of these programs will range from regenerative poultry processing to hazelnut production and will demonstrate a number of agroforestry practices.

The Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) works to foster economic prosperity, environmental resilience, and more diverse, cohesive farming communities through education, research, and network building. They focus on many aspects of stewardship-minded farming including soil health and water quality. Recently, they’ve been putting considerable effort towards developing Minnesota’s agroforestry potential. We’ve partnered with them on this goal by hosting educational workshops focused on agroforestry, particularly silvopastured beef. We look to expand and diversify these educational efforts as our partnership with the SFA continues to develop.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a non-profit that works to conserve and restore natural ecosystems throughout Minnesota and the world. Realizing the important roll that agricultural plays on natural systems, TNC has become increasingly involved with efforts to develop more sustainable farming systems, including agroforestry. Clean River Partners has worked with TNC to host a number of educational, on-farm Field Days throughout SE Minnesota. These events have focused on the overlap between agriculture and ecological conservation, with an emphasis on silvopasture other tenants of agroforestry.

Additional Information

In addition to developing herbaceous crops used for continuous living cover, the Forever Green Initiative also has a woody perennial crop division. This department is focused on developing, studying, marketing, and popularizing a number of native trees and shrubs that can easily be incorporated into diverse, sustainable farms.

The Savanna Institute is focused on promoting the development of scalable agroforestry systems across the Midwest. They offer educational programs, resources for beginning farmers, and research to better inform agroforestry practices. They also welcome visitors to their demonstration farms, which showcase diverse perennial practices, and host professional gatherings where farmers, industry professionals, and other members of the agroforestry community can network.

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