Agroforestry is the growing of trees and agricultural and/or horticultural crops on the same piece of land. Research in the past two decades has shown how this can control runoff and soil erosion and also maintain soil organic matter and biological activity at levels satisfactory for soil fertility, among other benefits.
Seasoned agroforestry campaigner Martin Crawford believes an agroforestry-focused approach can sustainably replace the energy-hungry arable crops grown en masse today. He researches, experimentally grows and then cultivates thousands of perennial fruits, nuts and vegetables that can survive in the UK climate. His Agroforestry Research Trust, set up in 1982, uses monies raised by the sale of plants, seeds and publications and also from courses about agroforestry to fund gardens, nursery and experimental projects.
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