Our Mission

Our group works to advance the regional understanding and adoption of agroforestry practices in Washington State through research, demonstration, and technical assistance by generating and leveraging a regional network of technical professionals, academic professionals, practitioners, and farmers.  Members of our group represent conservation districts, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, local farms, and natural resource agencies.

Our vision is an agroforestry transformation in the Pacific Northwest resulting in multifunctional land uses fostering ecological resilience, climate resilience, economic prosperity, and thriving communities.

What We Do

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Research and Demonstration

Members of Agroforestry Northwest include researchers who's focus is to identify and resolve gaps in knowledge regarding agroforestry adoption and implementation in the Pacific Northwest.  These research efforts are also leveraged to show professionals and farmers what agroforestry looks like on the ground.

Professional Training and Networking

Agroforestry Northwest serves as a space for professionals, researchers, practitioners, and landowners to share ideas and create new partnerships.  We channel regional knowledge, interests, and experience in agroforestry to learn from each other and create training opportunities for professionals wanting to cut their teeth in agroforestry.

Education & Outreach

Sharing practical knowledge with farmers is key to advancing agroforestry in the region.  Agroforestry Northwest members are expert teachers and outreach specialists that create opportunities to transfer information, respond to knowledge gaps, and help transform farms on the ground.

Meet the Leadership Team

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Carrie Brausieck

President

Carrie helps lead the workgroup to advance agroforestry throughout the Puget Sound and beyond. She is passionate about agroforestry as a solution to competing land use, climate adaptation & mitigation, and farmland resilience. Carrie’s focus includes working with agroecological systems and agroforestry focuses to include multifunctional riparian forest buffers, food forests, and alley cropping.

cbrausieck@snohomishcd.org

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Patrick Shults

Vice President

Patrick is the Extension Forester for southwest Washington with Washington State University.  In this position, he develops outreach, education, research, and demonstration opportunities that support forest and farm owners.  This includes agroforestry practices like forest farming, silvopasture, and riparian buffers.   ​

patrick.shults@wsu.edu

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Mark Batcheler

Research Lead

Mark Batcheler is a Ph.D. candidate at Washington State University. Mark is researching silvopasture management and adoption throughout the state to determine if it can reduce fuel loads.

mark.batcheler@wsu.edu