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.


WPP Fall Field Day 2015
Come out to this fall field day to see our plants in full force and hear the theory and story behind the research site. Everything has doubled in [more]
The WPP Research Site at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the first large-scale, University-backed research site studying a savanna-b [more]
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]
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]

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