Sustaining Farms and Biodiversity through Woodland Cultivation of High-Value Crops

Project Overview

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2000: $49,859.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2001
Region: North Central
State: Illinois
Project Coordinator:
Colin Donohue
Rural Action

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: sorghum (milo)
  • Additional Plants: herbs, native plants
  • Miscellaneous: mushrooms


  • Crop Production: conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: technical assistance, demonstration, display, extension, farmer to farmer, networking, on-farm/ranch research, participatory research
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development, cooperatives, value added, whole farm planning
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity
  • Pest Management: biological control, prevention
  • Production Systems: transitioning to organic, holistic management, permaculture
  • Soil Management: soil analysis, nutrient mineralization, organic matter, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities, partnerships, public participation, analysis of personal/family life, employment opportunities, social capital, social networks, sustainability measures
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