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Celebrating Chestnuts

Early rain showers didn't slow Missouri Chestnut Roast Festival

Early rain showers didn’t slow the Missouri Chestnut Roast Festival at the MU Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center (HARC), which took place on Saturday, Oct. 6, in New Franklin. The event featured presentations, demonstrations, seminars, farm tours and several other activities. “While the rain was a bit of a nuisance, the weather improved throughout the day and it turned out…

An Expanding Enterprise

The art of mushroom forest farming

Agroforestry incorporates trees and shrubs into crop and animal farming systems. The goal is to create environmental, economic and social benefits across the farm. One of those agroforestry practices is mushroom forest farming, where landowners can generate an extra income – or extra food – through growing their own varieties of mushrooms in a forest farming practice. Gregory Ormsby Mori,…

A Variety of Agroforestry Research

Missouri Chestnut Roast showcases HARC, agroforestry

The 11th annual Missouri Chestnut Roast not only showcased roasted chestnuts, it showed off the variety of agroforestry research on specialty crops, human health, livestock benefits, wildlife enhancement and environmental protection at the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center in New Franklin. More than 1,500 people attended the event, which took place on Saturday, Oct. 7. “After a rainy start to…