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Alternative Forest Production Systems

In addition to producing timber from small acreages, many small and limited-resource landowners need to generate income from their forests in order to get by from year to year.

While timber provides only periodic income, many other production systems in forests can produce yearly income, if well managed. Opportunities include production of mushrooms, fruits, and botanical herbs, as well as management of trees in combination with livestock or crops.


USDA National Agroforestry Center

Profitable Farms and Woodlands: A Practical Guide to Agroforestry for Landowners, Farmers and Ranchers

Center for Agroforestry (University of Missouri)

Silvopasture: 30 Years of Applying Research and Innovation” (YouTube video by Alabama Cooperative Extension)

Producing and Marketing Wild Simulated Ginseng in Forest and Agroforestry Systems” (Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication)

Growing American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) in Forestlands” (Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication)

Forest Farming (eXtension)

Forest Farming (YouTube channel)