Improving Financial Returns Early in an Orchard's Life Through Alley Cropping.

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2000: $11,100.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2002
Region: Northeast
State: Maine
Project Leader:


  • Fruits: apples, pears, plums
  • Vegetables: carrots, parsnips


  • Crop Production: crop rotation, intercropping, multiple cropping, conservation tillage
  • Production Systems: organic agriculture
  • Soil Management: organic matter

    Proposal summary:

    Because it may take five to ten years to establish an orchard, this project is aimed at developing an integrated cropping system to allow for early returns. Sea buckthorn, small grains, and vegetables will be grown between the apple trees in the orchard, and the farmer will compare his returns with orchard budgets prepared by Cooperative Extension.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.