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The Significance of Native Plants in Agroforestry Systems

  • Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Finger Lakes Native Plant Society is presenting this slide show & talk by CCE Agroforestry Educator Gabe Smith. It will take place at Cornell Botanic Gardens’ Nevin Welcome Center, 124 Comstock Knoll Drive, Ithaca (free parking after 5), and online via Zoom. Pre-register to participate by Zoom at

Agroforestry consists of 5 practices: silvopasture, alley cropping, forest farming, windbreaks, and riparian buffers. Agroforestry systems seek to intentionally integrate trees and shrubs into other crop and livestock systems and vice-versa, and can focus on one or all of these practices across a landscape. 

Increased biodiversity is a key outcome of agroforestry practices; biodiversity, and genetic diversity, help keep systems resilient to challenges of pests, disease, and climate impacts. Native plants, and/or native analogs, are important to design and plan for, as these species are often adapted to the biotic and abiotic variables of the site. 

So what native plants are we looking for, and how can we manage for them in an agroforestry system? Do we perceive them as commodities or indirect benefits? We will dive into commonly used native species for agroforestry in the northeast and the multiple roles they play.



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Gabe Smith
Agroforestry Educator
607-272-2292 x171


Cornell Botanic Gardens’ Nevin Welcome Center
124 Comstock Knoll Drive
Ithaca, NY 14850

Last updated February 8, 2024