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.

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Along with raspberries and currants, the WPP Research Site saw its first harvest of grapes this year. We have three varieties at this site: purple, bl[more]
Just about all the leaves have fallen off of our young plants at the WPP Research Site now, and all research activities are following close behind. As[more]
Drought…again
It has been over 44 days since the WPP Research Site has seen any significant rainfall, and there really isn't anything promising in the forecast.[more]
Fall Field Day at WPP
The date for our Fall Field Day has officially been picked! The WPP Research Site will be partnering with the Sustainable Student Farm, University of [more]

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