Productive Conservation: Generating Yields from Farm and Homestead Buffers

Establishing buffer strips along rivers and field edges can protect farmland from soil and wind erosion, attract beneficial wildlife, and greatly increase the resiliency of productive land in coastal or riparian zones that are vulnerable to hurricane and tropical storm damage. Regulatory agencies and farm certification programs may require farmers to establish buffers along waterways and certified production areas because of the environmental benefits they provide. Productive Agricultural Buffers incorporate perennial crops into ecologically sensitive areas, increasing the profitability of farmland for farmers without jeopardizing the integrity of vulnerable soils. This workshop introduces the concept of productive conservation as the integration of productive plants into different types of buffer strips, and covers planning and business approaches, recommended plants, and management practices.