When it comes to current conversations around Agroforestry, there seems to be an impression that this agricultural system only suits the tropics. Many believe that the processes in Agroforestry systems don’t lend themselves to more temperate climates, as they would be too slow to meet high productivity demands. Swiss farmer Ernst Götsch, founder of the Syntropic Farming movement, however, thinks differently.

“[Agroforestry] also works in these climate conditions. You just have to combine the right species, observe and manage”, says Götsch. 

His approach lies in mimicking nature. By following its rules, you also follow the laws of syntropy where, contrary to entropy, more energy is generated than has been invested.

As the child of a farmer family, Götsch learnt about the integration of trees into agriculture from a young age in his native Switzerland – a country with a temperate climate. “Having cows between apple or pear trees, together with gooseberries, carrots and chives was common”, remembers Ernst.

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