Farm forestry is the practice of strategically planting trees on farms. More trees on farm can protect environmental values and improve economic returns.

Potential benefits of new trees to a farming system include:

  • improved shade and shelter of livestock
  • enhanced water quality
  • reduced erosion
  • improved soil health
  • enhanced biodiversity
  • creation of wood products for use on farm (such as fence posts and firewood)
  • carbon sequestration – to lower a farm's net carbon emissions.

Economic opportunities from farm forestry

Farm forestry provides a range of opportunities for farmers to diversify farm income:

  • Wood products – trees can be grown to harvest and sell. This contributes to the availability of sustainable wood products.
  • Carbon credits – new tree plantings of a significant scale can be used generate carbon credits and reduce emissions. These credits can be sold by landowners to heavy emitters seeking to offset their own emissions.