The Woody Perennial Polyculture Research Site will be partnering with the Sustainable Student Farm, University of Illinois Dining Services, the Restoration Agriculture Institute, and the Savanna Institute to host a large field day at our site, including tours, discussions, networking, and plenty of delicious local food made from our very own crops.
Come out September 5th to see our plants in full force and hear the theory and story behind the research site. There is plenty of parking out at the farm. Please dress to walk around the site!
What is Woody perennial Poly culture?
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.