Agroforestry: Field‐and‐Interstitial Support Trees

  • Harold Olofson
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In this type of agroforestry, trees in groves or rows are separated spatially from crops, but are in a common field with them. The trees may be planted in arrangements interstitial (with small openings or gaps) to crop fields, for example, as field borders, or along the contours of a slope. In a variation, the trees and crops may be rotated in a field. In this agroforestry rotation, the trees interplanted in a mixture with crops may be cut back (coppiced) to allow crops to grow in the sun, and in a later phase allowed to take over and dominate the field for a period when their products are needed. This last essentially entails a rotation or alternation – or “separation” – of trees and crops through time. In all variations, the trees support the crops, as well as yield products of their own.

Spatially Interstitial Trees

There are many examples of trees that are spatially interstitial:
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