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ONLINE CURRICULUM - AGROFORESTRY MODULES

Undergraduate Course Instructors: In response to the need to rapidly move courses online, the Center for Agroforestry has developed modules on agroforestry, to bridge a gap as your existing course content is navigated to online delivery. The material is introductory level, so it could be integrated into undergraduate courses in environmental sciences, sustainability, landscape design, plant sciences, horticulture, agronomy, ecology, and others (just like having guest lectures!). We have more than enough material to fill at least 3 course period equivalents.

For a comprehensive guide to integrating these materials in your course, refer to this document, which includes objectives, discussion questions, and supplemental resources.

What is Agroforestry? Practices and Pathways for Multifunctional Landscapes

Objectives of the curriculum:

Upon completion of this set of modules, students will be able to...

  1. Define agroforestry practices as they are situated in a broader ecological and social context;
  2. Recognize the value of perennial crops in agroecological systems;
  3. Consider planning, design, and management approaches for specialty crops in agroforestry.

Module 1: Understanding agroforestry as it is situated in a broader ecological and social context

Introduction to Agroforestry (Dr. Sarah Lovell, 20 minutes)

Working Trees for Agriculture (USDA National Agroforestry Center)

Supplemental materials
The Agroforestry Podcast episode 1: Insights from Agroforestry Change-Makers
Connecting human health and conservation with medicinal plants in agroforestry
Climate-smart agriculture and the role of agroforestry

Module 2: What is the value of integrating perennial crops in agroecological systems?

Agroforestry Economics (Dr. Larry Godsey, 1 hour 11 minutes)

Select one or more of the following texts based on subject area(s) of interest.
Agroforestry in Action technical guide: Integrating Agroforestry Practices for Wildlife Habitat (MU Center for Agroforestry
Working Trees for Water Quality (USDA National Agroforestry Center)
Working Trees Info: How can agroforestry help landowners adapt to climate change? (USDA National Agroforestry Center)

Supplemental materials
The Agroforestry Podcast episode 9: Agroforestry in Urban Landscapes
9th Annual Agroforestry Symposium seminars: Soil health in diverse cropping systems
7th Annual Agroforestry Symposium seminars: The future of pollinators, why agroforestry matters
"Persistence" mini-documentary (15min)

Module 3: Planning, design, and management approaches for specialty crops in agroforestry

The Agroforestry Podcast episode 5: Tree-based Polycultures

Select one or more of the following texts to review specialty crop applications
The Training Manual for Applied Agroforestry Appendix 2: Trees and Shrubs for Agroforestry
Agroforestry in Action technical guide: Growing and Marketing Elderberries in Missouri
Agroforestry in Action technical guide: Growing Shiitake Mushrooms in an Agroforestry Practice
Agroforestry in Action technical guide: Growing Chinese Chestnuts in Missouri

Supplemental materials
Value-added processing for agriculture and forestry products
The Agroforestry Podcast episode 8: Pawpaw: Cultivating the Elusive Fruit
The Agroforestry Podcast episode 4: Native Plants for Perennial Farms
Gold, M., Cernusca, M., Hall, M. 2013. Handbook for Agroforestry Planning & Design.
Agroforestry Practice Videos. 2004. University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry (UMCA)
USDA NRCS Plant Database
USDA Forest Service Plant Database

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