Project Report presented to the TSF Foundation Developing Agroforestry Options for Agriculture and Research: Alley Cropping on Marginal Lands for Farm Diversification

Click to access TSF-Final-REPORT-Jan_09.pdf


During the first growing season the extent of weed suppression from the bark mulch was less than anticipated, so it was necessary to add a secondary barrier in the form of “sheet” mulch.

For farmers and other land owners with limited forest acreage (such as the 7 acre MNG), harvesting a sufficient number of live trees for mushroom production of appropriate species (hardwoods) and diameter (4-6” diameter) is unsustainable, given that 100 to 200 trees per year would be require d for a modest sized mushroom operation. In Japan where shiitake mushrooms have been grown for centuries, a sustainable production system is practiced that involves coppice management of oak trees for continuous production of mushroom logs. Coppicing is a pole production system that involves  cutting back the main stem of a young tree, which stimulates growth of multiple new stems at the base of the orig inal trunk. When these poles are harvested several years later, new stems arise, and this cycle can be continued indefinitely.

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