Three Furman University professors will study how agroforestry systems improve agricultural sustainability at area farms with a $135,000 grant received from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) organization, part of the United States Department of Agriculture. The principal investigator on the project is Furman biology professor Dr. John Quinn. Co-investigators are Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Sustainability Science professors Dr. Brannon Andersen and Dr. Courtney Quinn. Researchers will identify suitable animal forage mixtures, acquire baseline data on soil fertility to track responses to agroforestry methods, and test if the restoration efforts improve wildlife habitat in upland forests in agro ecosystems. The SARE funds will also be used to communicate the findings through field days, publications and an online video recapping lessons learned and management recommendations.