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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

    • Steve Gabriel at National Young Farmers Conference
      Stone Barns Center , Pocantico Hills NY
      December 3, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Steve will present on Agroforestry and Climate Change for the Cornell Small Farms Program as part of the preconference workshops at the National Young Farmers Conference.

    • Steve Gabriel at NOFA MA Winter Conference
      NOFA MA Winter Conferenc, Amherst MA
      January 10, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Steve Gabriel will teach a workshop on Forest farming and Mushroom Cultivation at the NOFA MA Winter Conference on January 10. More details to come.

    • Steve Gabriel and Ken Mudge at NOFA NY Winter Conference
      NOFA NY Winter Conference, Saratoga Springs NY
      January 23, 2015, 12:00 pm
    • Steve Gabriel at PASA Farming for the Future Conference
      PASA Farming for the Future, State College PA
      February 4, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Steve will present sessions on Forest Farming and Mushroom Cultivation at the PASA Farming for the Future Conference.

    • Steve Gabriel at NOFA VT Winter Conference
      UVM Davis Center, Burlington VT
      February 14, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Steve will teach a workshop on Farming the Woods: Seeing the FOrest for More Than Just Trees, at the NOFA VT Winter Conference in Burlington, VT.

    • 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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