NEMA Workgroup

The Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Agroforestry (NEMA) Working Group is a consortium of researchers, technical service providers, practitioners and experts focused on educating, promoting and implementing agroforestry systems in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Region of North America.

NEMA states include:

  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Maryland
  • Washington D.C.
  • Delaware
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts
  • Vermont
  • New Hampshire
  • Maine

Our purpose is to collaborate across political and geographic borders to enhance the science, adoption and efficacy of agroforestry systems through education, research and outreach to natural resource professionals, technical assistance providers, producers and landowners.

NEMA’s Goals:

  • Identify key barriers, gaps and opportunities for enhancing the adoption of tree and shrub based perennial agricultural systems in the region
  • Collaborate on regional trainings, technical resource development and research efforts for resolving core issues identified
  • Establish a region wide network of technical service providers, producers and landowners to collaborate, share and enhance the communication on agroforestry developments and resource opportuntities
  • Inspire innovation in perennial tree/shrub based agricultural systems through regional networking and resource sharing
  • Enhance the economic diversity and potential for land based economies through tree and shrub based perennial agriculture
  • Work across social, economic, technological and environmental disciplines for increasing awareness and application of agroforestry as a multifunctional approach towards sustainability in agriculture and natural resource management

The NEMA Working Group consists of a growing community of partners across the region.

NEMA partners currently include representatives from:

  • Virginia Tech
  • Appalachia Sustainable Development
  • Capital RC&D
  • Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Shavers Creek Environmental Center
  • Cornell University
  • Connecticut Farmland Trust
  • USDA National Agroforestry Center
  • USDA Agricultural Research Service
  • USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service
  • Association for Temperate Agroforestry

Want to get involved and represent your regional Agroforestry efforts? Contact for more information on joining our working group.

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