Southwest Agroforestry Action Network

About Us


 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.  

Who attends our events

  • Agricultural producers, Tribes, ranchers, community gardeners and orchardists, permaculturalists, water harvesters, and others who produce food for themselves.
  •  Representatives of government agencies, cooperative extension, universities, and nonprofit organizations who support sustainable solutions for agriculture, forestry, and communities through their programs.  
  •  People interested in community food forests and forest-agricultural activities including alley cropping, forest farming, riparian forest buffers, silvopasture, windbreaks, and shelterbelts.  

Annual Conference

Registration is open for our  March 17-19, 2020 in Tucson, Arizona: Southwest Agroforestry Challenges and Best Practice Solutions  



Tuesday, March 17, Keynote Speakers and Presentations

  • Morning Keynote – Kathleen Merrigan, Director, Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems, Arizona State University
  • Afternoon Keynote – Brad Lancaster, Author, Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond
  • The USDA National Agroforestry Center and SWAAN
  • Technical and financial assistance for agroforestry activities
  • Challenges and best-practice solutions for agroforestry in the southwest
  • Urban applications, including water harvesting and food forests

Wednesday, March 18, Field Trips

  • Agroforestry sites in Sonoita and Wilcox
  • Dunbar Spring neighborhood tree planting project, Tucson
  • Mission Garden, a modern re-creation of 4000 years of agriculture, Tucson

Thursday, March 19, SWAAN’s annual business meeting


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