Agroforestry Web Sites

Temperate Agroforestry Web Sites

This was a post to the Usenet newsgroup bionet.agroforestry in December, 1997.  Despite the name of the newsgroup, most of the discussion is about forestry. 

Here's some info for those who stop by mistakenly looking for agroforestry discussion in bionet.agroforestry <G>.  The following are web site addresses and descriptions for several organizations involved with different aspects of temperate agroforestry.

Association for Temperate Agroforestry (AFTA):  This group has been around for about 15 years.  It publishes a quarterly newsletter and organizes conferences every three years.  It's mostly oriented towards academic researchers and Forest Service/Extension people, but there are some `practitioners.`  Membership dues are $25.

Northern Nut Growers Association (NNGA):   Some may question whether nut growing is agroforestry or horticulture.  I suppose it depends on how you do it.  This group has been around for nearly 90 years.  Almost as old and venerable as the SAF! <G> The group publishes a quarterly newsletter and an annual report of papers presented at the annual meeting.  The NNGA is, I believe, unique among such groups in its inclusion of academic researchers and `practitioners.`  They/we all get along and learn a lot from each other.  J Russel Smith, author of Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture was an early member of the NNGA.  Membership dues are $20.

Permaculture International:  Permaculture is the term coined by Bill Mollison of Australia 25 years ago to describe his vision of a `permanent agriculture` based mainly on perennial plants/trees.  Permaculture is something of a `movement` embracing many aspects of alternative culture.  The group sponsors regional workshops and training for people who want to become Permaculture consultants.  They also publish a quarterly journal and sell many books on Permaculture and related subjects.

This list is not exhaustive.  If you know of other groups/sites, please post them.  Happy surfing and Good Growing!