Special focus will include: Focus will include: home and commercial food systems, indigenousforestry practices, medicinal plants, ethno-botany, silvo-pastoral, microclimate development,buffers, fuel and fiber crops as well as Permaculture and its role in multi-strata agroecosystems.
At the end of the course students will apply their observations, pra
ctice, and learning through thedesign and planting of a small agro-forest trial at Project Bona Fide.
Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of competition and co-operation betweenagricultural crops and tree crops well enough to design a functionally effective agro-forestrysystem.2.
Understand and recognize the breadth of spatial and temporal relationships in agro-forestrysystems from tropical to temperate regions.3.
Expose students to both quantitative and qualitative methods for evaluating the productivityof agro-forestry systems.4.
Expose students to the cultural and socio-economic realities of implementing andmaintaining agro-forestry systems as well as their ecological potential for agro-ecosystemrestoration and habitat enhancement.5.
Gain an understanding of agroforestry techniques and survey systems worldwide6.
Gain hands on experience with local, low land tropical agro-forestry systems.
Attendance policies and expectations:
Due to the short and intense nature of the course students willbe required to attend all classroom sessions. Students will also be required to participate in all handson activities related to course material, be present and attentive on all site tours and field trips as wellas attend all presentations and films offered during the course.
The following items will be evaluated and used as a basis for assigning course grades.Requirement Percent of Course Grade1. Participation in all components of class 25%2. Plant Research Project 25%3. Agroforestry Design and presentation 25%4. Journal
Reflection questions 25%