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How Farms and Forests Can Coexist

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  • This engaging PBS video discusses the problem of maintaining both farms and forests. 
  • The video explains how forests can be beneficial to farmlands, instead of being seen as an obstacle. 
Teaching Tips


  • The video incorporates a variety of images, text, and music to engage students and enhance their understanding.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The video has a commercial at the end. Video content finishes at 5 minutes, 4 seconds.
  • Students would benefit from having a sound understanding of the impacts of farming. The course Food and Farming could be used for students who need more background knowledge.


Scientist Notes
Agroforestry is seen as one of the most efficient techniques that restores the forest, increases agricultural productivity and soil health, and reduces CO2 emissions from the agricultural sector. This resource is valid and recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
      • HS-ESS3-2 Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
      • HS-ESS3-6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • MS-ETS1-2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.6.6-8 Draw on multiple disciplinary lenses to analyze how a specific problem can manifest itself at local, regional, and global levels over time, identifying its characteristics and causes, and the challenges and opportunities faced by those trying to address the problem.
      • D4.7.6-8 Assess their individual and collective capacities to take action to address local, regional, and global problems, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
      • D4.7.3-5 Explain different strategies and approaches students and others could take in working alone and together to address local, regional, and global problems, and predict possible results of their actions.
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