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2013 Vol. 20 November No. 1

A note to AFTA Members

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Hello fellow agroforesters! Welcome to the November, 2013 edition of the Temperate Agroforester. As incoming editor, I welcome input or feedback about anything that you read in Temperate Agroforester. Thanks to Diomy Zamora for his past work as editor and best wishes for success in his new challenge as AFTA President.

A happy Christmas holiday to all AFTA members! In preparation for the next issue in 2014, please remember that, as always, the Temperate Agroforester welcomes contributions about agroforestry research, activities or developments that you would like to share with the AFTA membership.

Agroforestry People

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News about people in the North American agroforestry community. The AFTA board underwent a major renewal at the General Meeting on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. It is indeed exciting to see and we look forward to the new ideas, initiatives that will result from it. At the USDA, Bruce Wight retired in 2013, after many years of service, including his recent years as the NRCS National Forester. Andy Mason will be retiring soon, having served for years with great enthusiasm as the Director of the National Agroforestry Center (NAC). Kate MacFarland is the new Assistant Agroforester at the National Agroforestry Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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The 13th NAAC– say “PEI”

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The organizing committee sincerely hopes that all who came to the 13th NAAC had a great time! Below are a couple of articles and pictures of the conference. Although the conference itself had great participation and many interesting oral presentations and posters, most registrants will have fond memories of the Kitchen Party - the excellent music of Cynthia MacLeod (fiddle) and Jon Matthews (guitar), the lobster dinner and a chance to relax with new-found friends after an excellent and informative Field Tour.

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The Charlottetown Agroforestry Conference

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Over 100 scientists, land managers, producers and others took in the 13th North American Agroforestry Conference (NAAC), June 19-21, 2013, at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Delegates came from all over Canada and the US, with a special welcome for participants from Europe and Morocco. Some people were quite unfamiliar with Prince Edward Island at first but went home with the letters “PEI” rolling effortlessly off their tongues and with a new- found appreciation of the charm of Charlottetown and the beauty of PEI’s countryside and coastline.

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Poplar Council of Canada joins 13th NAAC

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The sun shone, the food was in abundance, and poplar and willow science, technology and practice were in the air as participants gathered for the 13th North American Agroforestry Conference in PEI in June, 2013. The annual business meeting of the Poplar Council of Canada took place in conjunction with the conference.

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Climate Change, Windbreaks and Potatoes in the Canadian Sub-Arctic

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Working with First Nation community members in a remote fly-in community along the coast of James Bay, intercrops of bush beans and potatoes were planted within an alley of willows as a windbreak and an open non-treed site to compare the food production potential in each site.

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