Agroforestry

What is agroforestry?

Agroforestry is the cultivation of crops and trees on the same piece of land. This combination creates strong synergetic advantages for soils. Your soil gets support and shelter from the trees, which in turn secures the quality and resilience of your crops and plants. In an agroforestry system, both trees and crops/plants benefit from each other and work cooperatively. There are strong interactions and support with regard to water and nutrition supply. When you plant trees they mostly develop very deep roots and bring water and nutrients from the deepest layers of the soil to the top. Therethrough providing other plants and crops in their surrounding with enough nutrients and water. The benefit of having trees on your field and your garden is enormous. Agroforestry makes your farm or your garden more sustainable and the production more resilient against the negative effects of climate change. Agroforestry could hold huge promise for a more sustainable agricultural sector and bring many economic and environmental benefits for a better world!

Why is agroforestry important?

Trees grow deep roots, which actively influence and strengthen the soil’s water and nutrient household by drawing minerals from deeper layers of the soil. This fosters humus build-up and supports crop growth. Trees increase plant health, plant harvest and significantly support food and nutrition security. The tree’s roots and leaves also prevent soil, water as well as wind erosion and guard from damages done by extreme weather in the changing climate.
 More importantly, trees diversify the ecology on your farm as well as your garden, may provide additional income sources (selling timber and wood), and remove and bind a lot of greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. 
Trees play a very important role in climate system, climate mitigation as well as protection. They provide shelter and ensure optimal surroundings, in which your bettersoil can thrive.
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