PA agroforestry opportunities, March 2024

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Coville, Robbie

Mar 19, 2024, 1:10:53 PMMar 19
to Schwartzer, John, Portzline, John M

Hello, I’m writing to share PA-based agroforestry opportunities that you or your networks may be interested in. Joining Pasa’s Community Board (email list) is one way to ensure you get these. Let me know if you prefer not to receive these emails. FYI this is going to the Pasa community listserv, Northeast permaculture listserv, Northeast Nutheads listserv, and various individuals based on request or recommendation.


There are two items below I especially want to draw your attention to. One is an interest survey to guide the start of a PA Agroforestry Peer Network! The other is a summary of funding opportunities for agroforestry in PA, which is new and I’d welcome your feedback on. Overall, lots of learning opportunities coming up!


With thanks for forest stewards who came before us and hopes for the generations ahead, here are PA-based or PA-adjacent agroforestry opportunities that have come to my attention.


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  • USDA funds “Expanding the Market for Organic Chestnuts in the Northeast U.S.”, a collaboration between Breadtree Farms and a national coalition of partners to support the growth of the organic chestnut industry in the Northeast U.S. Webpage includes interest form for various types of stakeholders who may want to collaborate in this project.


Community and Conferences



It can feel difficult to engage with agroforestry for people with little or no land tenure. Agroforestry is not only about numbers of trees and acres of practices, though. To many people, the priorities are tree propagation and cultural shifts in how we utilize goods from the woods. You can read more about the importance of tree nurseries in “From the Ground Up: Tree Planting Needs Local Roots” by Steve Gabriel, part 1 in a series of articles from Here is a quote that article offers from tree nurseryperson Akiva Silver: “Once you learn to identify trees, they will reveal themselves to you everywhere... I used to think that special trees worthy of being a named variety were extremely rare. I now think I could find some anywhere I lived in the world that has trees. Keep your eyes open, pay attention, learn to identify trees, and you will find treasures.” And for folks who don’t have much land to work with, here’s an instructional video of thousands of trees grown in a parking space using low-tech air prune beds.


I hope this is helpful! This is by no means a comprehensive list. If you’d like me to highlight other public agroforestry opportunities – or if you have any other questions or feedback – please feel welcome to reach out using my contact info below.


Thanks for your interest and efforts, and I hope you have a flowerful spring!




Robbie Coville (he/him) | Ecosystem Products and Markets Specialist

PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Bureau of Forestry | Rural & Community Forestry Section
William Penn State Forest District | Cell: 717-614-0503 | Email:


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