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Designing and growing an agroforest—Guam

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Leon Guerrero School of Business and Public Administration Building at UOG, Room 129

UOG Station

mangilao, Guam 96923


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Participants will learn strategies for reaching their production, risk management, and conservation goals with agroforestry.

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Agroforestry systems have been cultivated throughout the Pacific Islands for extremely long periods of time. There is growing interest in modern agroforestry systems as a response to climate change and for other benefits such as food security, farm diversification, increased income, risk management, and soil and water conservation. Workshop participants will learn the latest strategies for reaching their goals in agroforestry. Hands-on activities during the workshop will give participants experience in the planning process from open land to managing an agroforest at any scale.

Participants will:

  • Gain experience planning an agroforest from scratch
  • Learn how to customize an agroforest to the site and production/conservation goals
  • Discover and apply fundamental design principles
  • Develop a project budget and management plan
  • Learn about resources and tools for successful outcomes
  • Receive an agroforestry planning workbook

The workshop is part of a November-December 2019 workshop series presented in Guam, Saipan, Pohnpei, Marshall Islands, and Hawaii by a team of experienced Hawaii-based agroforestry professionals including Craig Elevitch and Neil Logan with cultural practitioner Aunty Shirley Kauhaihao. Marilyn Salas and Ansito Walter will share their deep ancestral knowledge of traditional Micronesian agroforestry and community food security. Presenters will share their unique set of skills and knowledge in traditional agroforestry, ethnobotany, systems engineering, organic agriculture, and economic analysis acquired over decades of study and field experience.

Workshop agenda (subject to revision)

Day 1: Tuesday, Nov. 12

7:30–8:30 am Registration

8:30–8:45 Opening

8:45–9:15 Culture and agroforestry in Guam—Marilyn Salas and Ansito Walter

9:15–9:45 Agroforestry design process Part 1: Project assessment and site preparation

9:45–10:15 Participant exercise

10:15–10:30 Morning break

10:30–11:00 Agroforestry design process Part 2: Species selection and spacing

11:00–11:30 Participant exercise

11:30–12:00 Cooking demo—Aunty Shirley Kauhaihao

12:00-12:45 pm Lunch (presentation by Pacific Islands SBDC Network)

12:45–1:15 Common challenges and pitfalls of agroforestry

1:15–2:00 Agroforestry design process Part 3: Scheduling, labor and yield projections, economic analysis

2:00–2:45 Participant exercise

2:45–3:00 Afternoon break

3:00–3:30 Agroforestry design tool demonstration

3:30–3:45 Group discussion, Q&A

3:45–4:00 pm Raffle giveaway and closing

Day 2: Wednesday, Nov. 13

8:00–8:30 Meet at field site—Humatak Farm

9:00–11:00 Outplanting of small agroforest

11:00–11:45 Group discussion—A way forward for agroforestry

11:45–12:00 Closing


Advanced registration is required, as space is limited. The workshop cost is $10 per person.

Workshop location

The first day of the workshop will be held in Room 129 of the Jesus & Eugenia Leon Guerrero School of Business and Public Administration Building at UOG. The second day will be held at Humatak Farm in Humatak (directions to be provided on the first day).

Some items to bring

  • The second day of the workshop will take place at Humatak Farm. Participants should be prepared to work outside for hands-on experience. Please bring a hat, rain jacket, sturdy shoes, long pants, mosquito repellent, water, and anything else you might need.
  • To cut down on waste, we ask that participants bring water bottles for their water needs which you can refill at the workshop as needed.

We look forward to a very full and rewarding workshop. For additional information, email workshops@agroforestry.org

Sponsors and co-organizers

This workshop is supported in part by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2015-38640-23779 through the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under subaward number EW16-008. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.

The workshop is presented by University of Guam Western Pacific Tropical Research Center, The Pacific Farmers Together Cooperative, and Permanent Agriculture Resources with support by Pacific Islands SBDC Network, Agroforestry Net, FARM Center, Hawaii Homegrown Food Network, Olohana Foundation, and the Global Biodiversity Heritage Council.


Craig Elevitch, PhD, has been an educator in agroforestry since 1993. Craig’s internationally recognized publications and workshops have guided thousands in becoming more proficient in regenerative food production, agroforestry, and reforestation. In addition to working directly with dozens of farmers, he has facilitated over 150 agroforestry workshops in the Pacific, with over 7,000 producers and resource professionals participating since 1993. His agroforestry publications have garnered millions of downloads since 2000. These include Agroforestry Guides for Pacific Islands (2000), Traditional Trees of Pacific Islands (2006), Specialty Crops for Pacific Islands (2011), Agroforestry Landscapes for Pacific Islands (2015), and Agroforestry Design for Regenerative Production (2020, in preparation), all of which promote diverse agricultural systems that are environmentally and ecologically regenerative.

Neil Logan is an agricultural innovator, drawing inspiration from agro-successional restoration, ethnobotany, mycology, permaculture, and numerous other fields. For the past 18 years, Neil has developed practical strategies, inspired by the work of Ernst Götsch, whom he first studied with in 2001. Together with his wife Sophia Bowart, he has been refining practical strategies for diverse agricultural production systems that can recover the costs of establishment within a few years. Neil has worked on projects in many different ecosystems around the globe, including in Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, New Zealand, and Canada. He is currently co-managing Mohala Lehua Farm and FARM Center and authoring several publications about agroforestry and Kiawe (Prosopis limensis) in Hawaii. Neil is a dynamic orator, teaching agroforestry, mycology, permaculture, horticulture, and herbalism. His capacity to impart big picture as well as practical perspectives to diverse audiences is one of his greatest strengths.

Aunty Shirley Kauhaihao has a deep and life-long commitment to breadfruit, rooted in her Honaunau, Hawaii upbringing in the heart of what once was an ancient Kona breadfruit forest. Aunty Shirley is co-director and founder of Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu, a project to revitalize breadfruit as an attractive, delicious, nutritious, abundant, affordable, and culturally appropriate food. She is well-known in the community as a master weaver and member of Ka Ulu Lauhala ‘o Kona, cultural organizer at Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, and lead organizer for the cleanup of graffiti along Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway in South Kohala, among her many volunteer activities. Aunty Shirley’s unfaltering dedication to the land and people of Hawaii inspires countless others.

Dr. Marilyn Salas is of Chamorro descent and an author and educator. A retired professor, dean of Education, and a researcher at the Micronesian Area Research Center (MARC) at University of Guam, Marilyn now farms her lands. Marilyn chose to farm with the agroforestry techniques learned through ancestral teaching and readings from Hawaii, Japan, New Zealand, the U.S., and Europe. Today, Marilyn is the president of Pacific Farmers’ Together Cooperative which is a Guam-based women-led Farm Cooperative that focuses on natural and organic local produce. Marilyn also collaborates with her two sisters to teach culturally appropriate food security approaches throughout Micronesia.

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