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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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]
Got Currants?
This past week, the WPP Research Site had its first harvest of the year! As always, the red currants on the site started fruiting early and were the f[more]
Our friends over at the Savanna Institute have been very busy this spring. Through their 2014 Restoration Agriculture Case Study Program, they have be[more]

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