The Southwest Agroforestry Action Network (SWAAN) mission: Helping people integrate trees, crops, and animals to regenerate Southwest landscapes. SWAAN’s scope of interest is forest-agricultural activities on tribal, state, federal, county, municipal and private lands in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah.
Agroforestry is the intentional combination of agriculture and forestry to create productive and sustainable land use practices. The Southwest Agroforestry Action Network (SWAAN) was formed in 2018 with the purpose of sharing information about agroforestry, connecting potential collaborators and partners, and generating ideas, research and initiatives that advance adoption of agroforestry in the Southwest U.S. The geographic scope includes all communities and all landownerships in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah (Tribal, State, Federal, County, Municipal, and Private). To learn more about SWAAN, go to https://www.climatehubs.usda.gov/hubs/southwest/introducing-southwest-agroforestry-action-network
The second annual Southwest Forestry Action Network conference will be held in Tucson, AZ in March 2021. Information about the conference will be posted in fall 2020 at https://swaan-site.org
DESERT IRONWOOD TREE
A native desert ironwood tree planted along a street shows agroforestry applications in the urban environment. The ironwood seeds are edible for both people and animals, beneficial native birds and wildlife use the tree as habitat, the tree shades the walkway and street, and the tree is watered with runoff from the street.
Agroforestry practices at Harris Heritage Growers you-pick-it farm in Sonoita, Arizona include intercropping trees and annual plants.