Forest Farming
Source: National Association of RC&D Council
Map Description:
Forest farming is the cultivation of high-value crops under a forest canopy that has been modified to provide the correct shade and microenvironment for the crop. These specialty crops usually fall into three categories: medicinal, culinary, or ornamental. Forest farming was observed in 34% of RC&D areas and 44 RC&D Councils were directly involved in projects. 34% of RC&D's (from 34 states) reported forest farming practices in their areas, with the midwest and southeast encompassing 70% of the activity. Of the RC&D's that reported forest farming, 92% indicated they believe there is an opportunity for expansion. Forest farming crops either grown or seen as potential products include: mushrooms, decorative ferns, ginseng, goldenseal, beargrass, wild flowers, nuts, wild blackberries, maple syrup, raspberries and european truffles.

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This map is taken from a report which summarizes the results of a national survey on agroforestry. This survey was completed by Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Councils during the summer of 1999. Of the 315 RC&D's in the United States, 222 completed the survey (71% return). Of these, two-thirds had direct involvement in agroforestry practices.

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