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.
From May 8-10, Steve Gabriel will lead a hands-on exploration of forest ecology at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. Participants will learn how to inoculate mushroom logs and examine valuable lessons of successful forest farmers from around North America. Tiered pricing is available.
Join Steve Gabriel and Mike Demunn for a five-day course at the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute on silviculture and agroforestry. This course is designed for woodland owners, famers, extension professionals, permaculturists, and homesteaders who want to gain a better understanding of the intricacies of management in northeastern woodlands and build their skills in forest mapping, stand assessment, tree selection, and removal of trees with minimal damage. Please email [email protected] with questions or to be notified when you can register.
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.