Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Farm

Sunset over the farm


New Franklin (665 acres)

The Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Farm is the primary research site for the Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri. This farm includes numerous experimental fruit (peach, pawpaw, elderberry) and nut orchards (chestnut, black walnut, northern pecan, ‘Bucks Unlimited’TM oak); forest farming, riparian buffers, silvopasture, alley cropping, and windbreak demonstrations as well as forage shade trials; flood tolerance trials; biofuel trials; pinestraw production trials; greenhouses; five lakes and ponds and one of Missouri’s oldest brick homes, the 1819 Thomas Hickman House on the National Register of Historic Homes. Tours and educational events, including the annual Missouri Chestnut Roast, are hosted regularly.


10 Research Center Rd.
New Franklin, MO 65274
Phone: 660-848-2268

  • From U.S. Highway 40 take Missouri Highway 5 north into New Franklin.
  • Continue on Highway 5 approximately 0.4 mile past the main intersection.
  • Turn left at New Franklin High School.
  • Turn right into research farm.


For general questions, contact Barry Eschenbrenner, 660-848-2268


Research Highlights

  • Forest farming including mushrooms.
  • Nut variety trials including pecan, chestnut and black walnut.
  • National Arboretum/NC-7 Trials, a U.S. National Arboretum Midwest Research and Education Site.
  • Flood and drought-tolerance facilities.

Extension & Education