Agroforestry is a farming technique that purposefully incorporates tree crops into land management practices with the goal of increasing the economic and ecological benefits of a project. Using the Hidden Valley Farm and Valle Escondido Preserve as a classroom and model, the agroforestry class will present design and management techniques for tree crops, as well as demonstrate hands on skills such as pruning, tree sourcing and planting, propagation techniques, irrigation set up, and more. Participants can expect to come away from the course with a strong understanding of forest functions and baseline understanding of using perennial agriculture as a land management practice.
Sam Kenworthy is a water systems specialist and landscape manager with nearly a decade of experience in the tropics. He has experience designing and developing educational curriculum for students of all ages, particularly focused on conservation, practical skill building, and applied research. Originally from the east coast of the United States, Sam currently resides on the southern Pacific coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, where he co-manages Porvenir Design.
Dedicated to continued learning and improving his skill sets, he is passionate about self sufficiency, water management, generating more and better yields, and well executed design for human eco-systems. Experienced in working in a wide variety of environments, he enjoys the process of designing around problematic landscapes. Sam holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Political Science and Hispanic Studies.