In 2017 we planted an agroforestry system across most of the farm. Effectively we have created diversity, in the form of over 20,000 fruit trees, creating wildlife corridors that extend across fields that previously were planted to monocultural arable crops. Our trees get far more light and air than in intensive orchards, thus reducing need for chemical inputs and fruit quality is improved. The arable strips between the trees benefit from shelter, root symbiosis and mulching leaf litter.
We are currently converting intensive bush cider orchards to agroforestry as well.