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Edwards Mother Earth Foundation (EMEF)

We are very excited to announce our new Catalyzing Agroforestry Grant Program!

 

Learn more about the Edwards Mother Earth Foundation:

2021 Agroforestry Program Grants

For more information, please get in touch with our Program Director John Munsell

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The Catalyzing Agroforestry Grants Program is an EMEF initiative that is managed by Virginia Tech University in partnership with Rural Action and Appalachian Sustainable Development. Direct financial support is available through the program for farmers who seek to join EMEF’s effort to mitigate climate change through use of agroforestry applications. Agroforestry practices sequester carbon, sustain productive and healthy farms and forests, protect water quality, regenerate soils, and enhance biodiversity. Agroforestry practices sequester carbon, sustain productive and healthy farms and forests, protect water quality, regenerate soils, and enhance biodiversity.

 

The Catalyzing Agroforestry program is focused on implementing silvopastures and forest farming practices through direct support payments and will assist producers in designing appropriate projects using technical assistance technologies and science-based planning strategies. The ultimate goal of the effort is to increase ecosystem sustainability and diversity by scaling up agroforestry practices. To achieve this goal, the program will develop an Agroforestry Regional Knowledge (ARK) Exchange that serves as a framework for future growth of agroforestry adoption. The ARK Exchange will support ecocultural learning, workforce development, and networking of producer peers, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and governmental and nongovernmental partners.

 

The project will provide up to $1500/acre for silvopasture implementation and up to $1000/quarter acre for forest farming implementation depending on project scale and scope. To enhance shared learning and build a base of distributed ARK Exchange demonstration sites, producers who receive support in years 1 and 2 will share successes and lessons-learned onsite with their peers and other interested stakeholders as scaling unfolds in subsequent years.

For more information, please get in touch with our Program Director John Munsell

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