Vol. 7 No. 3 July 1999

The Cultivation of Medicinal Plants in Agroforestry Systems

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Agroforestry systems have the advantage over standard agricultural systems in that there are a wide range of microclimates ranging from near full sun (in the center of wide alleys in alley cropping systems) to partial sun (the edges of alleys, between trees in orchards or forest gardens, on the northern side of clearings in forest gardens forest farms) to full shade (in the understory of forest gardens and farms, or on the north side of a plantation or E-W alley tree line). A specific crop should thus be able to be located in near ideal conditions as close to its natural habitat as possible.

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