- Fruits: grapes
- Additional Plants: trees, ornamentals
- Crop Production: agroforestry
- Education and Training: demonstration, farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research, participatory research
- Natural Resources/Environment: afforestation, habitat enhancement
- Sustainable Communities: public participation, sustainability measures
Black Locust is the most decay resistant tree indigenous to the Northeast and it clearly the best alternative to toxic pressure-treated wood. Utilizing agroforestry practices, small farm operations of all types can yield a supply of quality locust lumber in perpetuity. Finger lake grape growers, long known for the quality of their products and demands for organic practices are an excellent local resource for quality monitoring of our initial stands of black locust trees. As agroforestry techniques are documented and perfected the effective utilization of black locust will spread quickly throughout the Northeast.