Steve Gabriel is an ecologist, educator, author, and forest farmer who has lived most of his life in the Finger Lakes region of New York. His personal mission is to reconnect people of all ages with the natural world and to provide the tools for good management of forests and other landscapes. He cofounded the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute and currently works for cooperative extension in the department of horticulture at Cornell, where he focuses on permaculture and agroforestry research and education. Along with his fiance, Liz, he operates Wellspring Forest Farm (www.wellspringforestfarm.com) in Mecklenburg, New York, which produces shiitake mushrooms, duck eggs, pastured lamb, nursery trees, and maple syrup.
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. Gabriel's presentation will take place at 1:45 PM on March 7th at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. Registration costs for the conference range from $799- $899.
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.