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Forest farming using white and black oak logs 
for Shiitake mushroom production

Agroforestry is the integration of trees, crops, and livestock to optimize physical, biological, and economic interactions to produce food and fiber and enhance sustainable agriculture and forestry. Its very nature is interdisciplinary, and research in the field requires diverse partnerships and holistic frameworks. Projects at Virginia Tech range from local to global, including productivity of silvopasture systems in an Appalachian hill farm setting, procedures and preferences for agroforestry systems in refugee situations in Africa, development of non-timber product output reporting procedures for the Appalachian Mountains, enhancing national forest farming networks, and adoption of native fruit and nut tree riparian buffer systems in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Please contact John Munsell for additional information (jfmunsel@vt.edu; 540.231.1611).

Click here to learn more about agroforestry at Virginia Tech.


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