Agroforestry Workshop Right Around the Corner

The University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry will host an agroforestry workshop on Saturday, April 9.

The University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry will host an agroforestry workshop on Saturday, April 9 near Laurie, Mo. Photo by Kyle Spradley.The University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry will host an agroforestry workshop on Saturday, April 9 near Laurie, Mo. Photo by Kyle Spradley.

The workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Allen Research and Education project site, which is east of Laurie, Mo.

The workshop will focus on numerous aspects of agroforestry, including mushroom growing, pine straw production and timber management. Alley cropping and silvopasture will also be discussed. Other topics include warm-season grass establishment and management, forest farming, and the management of honey bees.

A hot lunch will be served at the workshop.

“This workshop is about showcasing a number of practices that can be very useful for forest landowners in the Ozarks,” said Gene Garrett, senior outreach coordinator with the Center for Agroforestry. “Practical approaches that small landowners in our region can implement for both economic and conservation benefits.”

Agroforestry is the intentional integration of trees with crops and livestock. The practices are designed to fit specific niches within the farm to meet specific landowner objectives.

The workshop costs $10 per person. The registration deadline is Friday, April 1. Registrations can be sent to Caroline Todd, Center for Agroforestry, 203 ABNR, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211. Todd can also be reached at (573) 884-2874 or ToddCS@Missouri.edu.

The Allen Research and Education site is located at 30118 Old Eight Road, Gravois Mill, MO 65037. Old Eight runs between Highways O and P. Highway O intersects Highway 5 at the red light in Laurie. The site is a 560-acre farm.

For more information about agroforestry, visit www.centerforagroforestry.com.