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The Center for Agroforestry

High School Agroforestry Curriculum

In 2016, the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry collaborated with Missouri high school agriculture science teachers, FFA, and the MO Department of Education, to construct a two-module curriculum complete with lesson plans, teacher guides, hands-on and problem-solving student activities to engage students with content on temperate agroforestry practices and resources to further develop their inquiry and skillset.

In June and July of 2018, teacher workshops for agroforestry and forestry will be held in Kirksville, Blue Springs, and Springfield, Missouri. For more information on these programs and advising for agroforestry-based Supervised Agriculture Experience opportunities, contact Hannah Hemmelgarn at

Why Teach Agroforestry?

High School Agroforestry Curriculum Overview

High school classrooms are foundational places of learning. Many agriculture students will pursue careers in the field following graduation, and teachers are charged with preparing these young professionals with the skills and knowledge to succeed in a modern agricultural landscape. Part of the modernization of agriculture is its adaptability to incorporate productive systems with conservation practices. Agroforestry is a critical piece of this aspect of agricultural advancement.

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Module 1: What is Agroforestry?

Practices and Pathways for Diversified Farms

In this module, students will learn to recognize attributes of, and marketable products from canopy and understory trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants common to Missouri agroforestry systems. Lesson activities that grow students? understanding of each of the temperate agroforestry practices are also designed to enhance their professional communication skills.

Teachers and students are encouraged to bring these practices to life by collaborating with a nearby farm to establish an agroforestry planting, or by cultivating agroforestry species at school.

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Module 2: Agroforestry Applications

Planning and Design for Sustainable Systems

In Module 2, students will have an opportunity to expand their understanding of agroforestry practices by applying what they learned in Module 1 to a number of planning and design activity options. By the end of this module, students will be able to recognize the conservation value of perennial crops in agroforestry systems, and identify biophysical components of plant interactions that should be considered when evaluating landowner objectives for agroforestry design opportunities.

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Additional Teacher Resources are available in order to allow for expanded options and networks for those teachers who wish to go into greater depth on any number of agroforestry applications. Teachers who use the Agroforestry Curriculum are encouraged to add their school to the Perennial Map (linked on this document) to grow this network of educators, farmers, researchers, buyers, and supporters of perennial agriculture.

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