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Ken Mudge

Ken Mudge, associate professor at Cornell University, has been involved in agroforestry research, teaching, and extension for over twenty years. His domestic and international research has focused on nontimber forest products including nitrogen-fixing trees, American ginseng, forest-cultivated mushrooms, and others. He teaches both on-campus and online courses in forest farming, plant propagation, and grafting. He is Director of the MacDaniels Nut Grove, which is the foremost center for forest-farming education in the country. Mudge was the principal investigator on a NE SARE-funded extension project in collaboration with the University of Vermont and Chatham University that trained forest owners in shiitake mushroom farming as a business enterprise, and has recently published the guidebook Best Management Practices for Log-Based Shiitake Cultivation in the Northeastern United States. He is the coordinator of the Northeast Forest Mushroom Growers Network (

    Ken's Upcoming Events

    • Ken Mudge at NOFA NH Winter Conference
      NOFA NH Winter Conference, Concord NH
      January 31, 2015, 1:45 pm

      Ken Mudge will teach an intensive workshop at the NOFA NH Winter Conference on January 31. The workshop, " Farming the Woods: Seeing the Forest for More Than Just the Trees," will take place at 1:45 PM. Books will be available for sale in the conference bookstore.

    • Steve Gabriel at PASA Farming for the Future Conference
      215 Innovation Boulevard , State College PA 16803
      February 6, 2015, 8:30 am

      Steve will present sessions on Forest Farming and Mushroom Cultivation at the PASA Farming for the Future Conference on February 4-7th. This conference will take place at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA.

    • Steve Gabriel at NOFA-VT Winter Conference
      Billings and Waterman Lounge at UVM, Burlington VT 05405
      February 16, 2015, 9:00 am

      Steve will teach an intensive workshop titled "Farming the Woods: Seeing the Forest for More Than Just Trees," at the NOFA-VT Winter Conference in Burlington, VT. This intensive workshop will run from 9-4:00 PM on Monday, February 16th.

    • Steve Gabriel at the Permaculture Voices Conference
      Permaculture Voices Conference, San Diego CA
      March 4, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Steve will present a session on "Farming the Woods: Seeing the Forest for More than just Trees," at the Permaculture Voices Conference on March 4-8, 2015.

    Ken's Books

    Farming the Woods

    An Integrated Permaculture Approach to Growing Food and Medicinals in Temperate Forests

    To many people, forests are primarily reserved for timber and firewood harvesting. Farming the Woods invites a remarkably different perspective: that a healthy forest can be maintained while growing a wide range of food, medicinal, and other non-timber products. Farming the Woods covers in detail how to cultivate, harvest, and market high-value non-timber forest crops such as American ginseng, shiitake mushrooms, ramps (wild leeks), maple syrup, fruit and nut trees, ornamental ferns, and more. A must-read for farmers and gardeners interested in incorporating aspects of agroforestry, permaculture, forest gardening, and sustainable woodlot management into the concept of a whole-farm organism.


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