Wondering “What Is Agroforestry?”
Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Agroforestry Resource Center is a regional center for education, demonstration and research with a focus on the benefits of woodlands to people, waterways and wildlife. Educational and experiential programs at the Agroforestry Resource Center are aimed at encouraging people to preserve and enhance the ecological, economic and human health benefits of forested land.
Since its establishment in 2003, the Agroforestry Resource Center has hosted hundreds of educational events, drawing an audience of thousands from around the region and across the Northeast. View our Calendar of Events
Agroforestry is defined as the combination of agriculture and forestry practices that create more integrated, diverse, profitable, healthy and sustainable land-use systems. In the Northeastern U.S., agroforestry practices include sustainable woodlot management, as well as the use of woodlands for raising shade-grown crops such as American ginseng, mushrooms and maple syrup, nuts, fruits, and wood products. Click here to learn more about agroforestry and forest farming. Click here for a YouTube video on growing American ginseng.
The 142-acre Siuslaw Model Forest is a key component of the Agroforestry Resource Center.
Education and Demonstrations
A wide variety of educational programs are offered to a diverse audience. Audiences include municipal officials, highway personnel, foresters & loggers, farmers, landowners, families, nature enthusiasts and people with an interest in sustainable land-use practices.
Educational programs on forest-related topics include forest management for landowners, forest ecology & silviculture, legacy planning, and Trained Logger Certification. Agroforestry topics include tree identification basics, tree pruning, ginseng & mushroom cultivation, beginner beekeeping, backyard maple syrup production, sustainable gardening and edible landscaping.
Educational programs that relate to our natural resource program area include stream science, post flood stream intervention training, stream ecology, land use planning for flood resiliency, invasive species detection & management and tick-borne disease awareness.
Demonstrations include a rain garden that captures roof runoff; a maple sugar shack and a super sweet maple tree grove. A weather station and demonstrations of mushroom cultivation, best management practices for woods roads and biofuels can be found at the Siuslaw Model Forest, located just across the road from the Agroforestry Resource Center.
The conference room at the Agroforestry Resource Center includes an art gallery, with nature and landscape art of all media exhibited on a bi-monthly basis. Exhibits by talented local and regional artists including photographers, painters and sculptors. The gallery is curated by artist Stanley Maltzman. Are you an artist interested in exhibiting your work? To request more information about exhibiting your work at the Gallery, click here.
Our beautiful conference center is equipped with presentation technology, wifi, air conditioning and a full kitchen. The warm atmosphere of art gallery lends a unique aspect to every event held in the conference room, which is available for rental for meetings and workshops by non-profit, municipal and private groups. For more information about conference room rental, click here.
Insect and Plant Disease Identification
Our trained staff will identify insect pests, plants and plant diseases. Soil testing services are also available for a small fee. Our staff will identify ticks and provide information on Lyme and tick-borne disease prevention, tick removal and landscape management for reducing risk. Click here for information on tick borne illnesses.
A Partnership-Based Intiative
The Agroforestry Resource Center has developed in partnership with a wide assortment of organizations. Our valued partners include Audubon NY, Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, Catskill Forest Association, Catskill Region Invasive Species Partnership, Columbia Land Conservancy, Cornell University Department of Natural Resources & Human Dimensions Research Unit, Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District, Greene Land Trust, Hudsonia, Ltd., Hudson-Mohawk Resource Conservation and Development Council, Hudson Valley Foundation for Youth Health, Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, NY Forest Owners Association, NYS DEC Forestry Program, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, NYS Water Resources Institute, Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY Cobleskill, Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, Watershed Ag Council, Robert H. Wentorf Foundation and other CCE Associations.