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April No. 2

Nursery Tests New System to Combine Ornamental Plant Production with Forestry

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Oregon farmer Rob Miller, owner of Mt. Jefferson Farms, is always searching for new and innovative ways of integrating forestry with agriculture, and vice versa (see the July 1997 issue of Temperate Agroforester to learn about his "working" riparian forest buffers).

For the last two years, Rob has experimented with the production of containerized nursery stock under the natural shade of a poplar plantation at his nursery near Salem, Oregon. Using the "Pot-in-Pot" (PNP) system, a relatively new practice for the nursery industry, he is testing the feasibility of growing ornamental plants as an alley crop in an agroforest.

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