Do you work with land managers to help them implement conservation practices?


This educational series of online courses and in-person workshops is designed to help you provide technical assistance to land managers regarding agroforestry, or the use of trees for agricultural purposes. It focuses on three agroforestry practices – alley cropping, silvopasture, and forest farming.



Online Courses

Work online at your own pace to attain a basic knowledge of common agroforestry practices - alley cropping, silvopasture, and forest farming. These courses are available on-demand to provide you with convenient and thorough agroforestry training. Developed by experienced agroforestry technical assistance providers, these courses help you avoid confusion and misinformation as you build your expertise in agroforestry.

Each course features multimedia lessons with videos, audio, and supplemental resources for you to dig deep into each subject. The following self-paced courses can be taken individually or in sequence.

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Introduction to Agroforestry for NRPs (FREE)


Social Competencies: Growing Agroforestry (FREE)


Understanding NRCS Support for Agroforestry ($30)


Fundamentals of Alley Cropping ($30)


Fundamentals of Forest Farming ($30)


Fundamentals of Silvopasture ($30)

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Project Partners

The Agroforestry Trainings for Natural Resource Professionals series is an interregional collaboration between the following core partner organizations:

  • Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) is a nonprofit organization that has been working since 1995 to build a thriving regional food and agriculture system that creates healthy communities, respects the planet, and cultivates profitable opportunities for Appalachians. ASD’s Agroforestry Program was developed in 2010 to help farmers adopt agroforestry practices and market agroforestry crops.
  • Interlace Commons’ mission is to promote the adoption of agroforestry land-use practices that address climate change and land degradation and move toward resilient, biodiverse landscapes that enhance livelihoods. We achieve our mission through farmer-driven field projects, education, and research initiatives throughout the Northeastern United States.
  • The National Agroforestry Center (NAC) mission is “to advance the health, diversity, and productivity of working lands, waters, and communities through agroforestry.” NAC is a partnership between the USDA Forest Service and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. 
  • The Savanna Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with farmers and scientists to lay the groundwork for widespread agroforestry adoption in the Midwestern US. Inspired by the oak savanna ecosystem native to the region, the Savanna Institute conducts research, education, and outreach to support the growth of diverse, perennial agroecosystems.

Additional in-person workshop series partners include Virginia Tech and Cornell Cooperative Extension. A special thank you to the Edwards Mother Earth Foundation for supporting the development of this series.

In-Person Workshops


Workshops in the Southeast

The following workshop series is presented by Appalachian Sustainable Development and Virginia Tech:

Forest Farming Fundamentals
Thursday, July 20, 2023 from 9:00-3:30 pm
Kentland Farm, Blacksburg, VA
Speakers: John Munsell, Stesha Warren, Robin Suggs 



Silvopasture Fundamentals
Tuesday, August 15, 2023 from 9:00-3:30 pm
Southern Piedmont AREC, Blackstone, VA
Speakers: Steve Gabriel, Emilie Tweardy, John Fike, Katie Payne



Alley Cropping Fundamentals
Thursday, September 21, 2023
Virginia Tech Catawba Sustainability Center, Catawba, VA
Speakers: Stesha Warren, Adam Taylor, Meghan Giroux 




Workshops in the Northeast

The following workshop series is presented by Interlace Commons and Cornell Cooperative Extension:

Silvopasture Fundamentals
Wednesday, September 6th, 2023 from 1:00 4:00 pm
Gansvoort Farm, Germantown, NY
Instructors: Eli Roberts and Meghan Giroux 



Alley Cropping Fundamentals
Thursday, September 7th, 2023 from 9:00 - 12:00 pm
Toensmeier Farm, South Hampton, MA
Instructors: Eric Toensmeier and Meghan Giroux



Silvopasture Fundamentals II
Saturday, September 9th, 2023 from 9:00 - 12:00 pm
Hidden Blossom Farm, Union, CT
Instructors: Meghan Giroux, Eli Roberts, and Joe Orefice



Workshops in the Midwest

The following workshop series is presented by the Savanna Institute:

Silvopasture Fundamentals
Thursday, August 17th, 2023 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Seven Seeds Farm, Spring Green, WI
Speakers: Michael Dolan, Erik Hagan, Julie Hager, Randy Jackson


Alley Cropping Fundamentals
Saturday, October 7th, 2023 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Hudson Farm, Urbana, IL
Speakers: Kaitie Adams, Sven Pihl



Forest Farming Fundamentals
October 18th, 2023 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Misty Dawn Farm, Janesville, WI

Speakers: Ingrid West, Tony Johnson, Julie Hager