F&ES 682a / 2015-2016
Multifunctional Carbon-Sequestering Agroforestry
This three-credit course will examine the range of carbon-sequestering agriculture practices and their potential to provide solutions to a range of social and environmental problems from climate justice to land degradation. It will introduce a global toolkit of practices old and new, and profile promising plant species. A key group of species explored is perennial staple crops, a group of trees and other long-lived plants providing protein, carbohydrates, and fats for human consumption. We’ll explore industrial ecological applications of perennial crops for materials, chemicals, and energy. While many tropical species and systems are already implemented on a large scale, the course will also closely view cold-climate developments. Participants will be introduced to the farm business planning challenges of production in regenerative integrated systems. A diversity of strategies for implementation will be presented including policy, grassroots, and consumer-driven options. Field trips will explore temperate and tropical agroforestry systems.
Limited to 12
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