It is important for potential producers and land managers to understand the potential disadvantages of the extended time frame involved in agroforestry production and make sure it matches with their risk tolerance and long-term goals.
The latest strategy in the tree-fruit business to develop niche markets is in the form of patent-protected “club” varieties. It remains to be seen is if this model will work in the long run or will just shift competition from niche vs commodity apples, to several club varieties competing for shelf space.
Diversification can be a double edged sword. Know yourself and your capacities to find winning business ideas.