A Woody Perennial Polyculture (WPP) is an assemblage of plant species that aims to mimic the structure and function of natural ecosystems to sustainably produce an agricultural yield while simultaneously restoring ecosystem services. Rather than perpetuating the separation of nature and humans, this system attempts to break down the dichotomy between ecological restoration and agriculture. This concept has grown and evolved out of fields such as agroecology, agroforestry, permaculture, silvopasture, carbon farming, and ecological restoration, but the application of this paradigm to large-scale industrial agriculture is a relatively new idea. The WPP community studied at this research site is an example of such a system that has the potential to become an ecologically sound, agriculturally productive, and economically viable alternative to the corn-soybean rotation (Herbaceous Annual Monoculture) that currently dominates agriculture in the Midwestern U.S.


Check out this new video from our colleagues at the Savanna Institute. See what they are doing to help establish a real-world industry around woody po[more]
2014 Fall Field Day @ WPP
Thursday Sept 4th, 2014 3-6 PM Join us in the field for a fun and informative afternoon. This is a great opportunity to meet, greet and eng[more]
Wildlife Calling WPP Home
Check out these amazing pictures of wildlife calling the WPP Research Site home this year! Full credit for these amazing shots goes to Rob Cantor of [more]
This past week, a multi-disciplinary group of professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign received a $400k grant to complete a va[more]

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