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The first in-depth guide for farmers and gardeners who have access to an established woodland and are looking for productive, innovative ways to create a natural forest ecosystems that produces a wide range of food, medicinals, and other non-timber products.

"What a joy to read! Nice pictures, great case studies, and well organized. . . . Farming the Woods is the source for temperate climate agroforestry."―Jonathan Bates, Owner of Food Forest Farm 

While this concept of “forest farming” may seem like an obscure practice, history indicates that much of humanity lived and sustained itself from tree-based systems in the past; only recently have people traded the forest for the field.  The good news is that this is not an either-or scenario; forest farms can be most productive in places where the plow is not: on steep slopes, and in shallow soils. It is an invaluable practice to integrate into any farm or homestead, especially as the need for unique value-added products and supplemental income becomes more and more important for farmers.

Farming the Woods covers in detail:

  • How to cultivate, harvest, and market high-value non-timber forest crops
  • Comprehensive information on historical perspectives of forest farming
  • How to mimic the forest in a changing climate
  • Cultivation of medicinal crops
  • How to create a forest nursery
  • Harvesting and utilizing wood products
  • The role of animals in the forest farm
  • How to design and manage your forest farm once it’s set up

Forest crops covered include:

  • American ginseng
  • Shiitake mushrooms
  • Ramps (wild leeks)
  • Maple syrup
  • Fruit and nut trees
  • Ornamental ferns
  • And many more!

This book is 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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"This excellent book by Mudge (Cornell Univ.) and Gabriel (educator, forest farmer, and ecologist, Finger Lakes region, New York) highlights the diverse income streams that forest landowners or individuals who want to design a forested environment on their land can cultivate. The book begins with clear definitions of forest farming, agroforestry practices, and a historical perspective on cultivating crops in the forest. A foundational understanding of forest ecology is presented, including forest food webs, succession and disturbance, nature mimicry, and adaptation as the climate changes. Later chapters focus on cultivating trees for fruits, nuts, or syrups; using nontimber forest products; growing mushrooms for food and medicine; gathering high-value medicinal plants; producing forest products in nurseries; harvesting wood products; and incorporating animals in the system as possible forest farm endeavors. The discussions of crops suggested in this detailed text are supported with diverse charts and interesting case studies to help readers find the path that best suits their interests. The conclusion provides guidelines for success in the design of forest farms. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries.



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Forests, Ken Mudge and Steven Gabriel write, have long been humanity’s pantry, where our species and many others have found the food, medicines and materials needed for survival. It is only within the last few hundred years, that we have become, as the saying goes, unable to see the forest for the trees. Land populated primarily with trees often only means lumber or an uncleared building site. Farming the Woods seeks to remind readers of those days, encouraging and enticing future forest farmers with thoughts of savory mushrooms, sweet saps, hearty nuts, and the rich meat of animals raised under the leaves, presenting all a farmer needs to begin making that dream a reality. Farming the Woods is sure to become a trusted companion for all farmer types. Whether one plans to solely work the forest or to use forested ground as a working farm, Ken Mudge and Steve Gabriel have crafted a tome destined to become a classic. The calm, friendly and knowledgeable voices of experience present a well-written book that will be useful for generations.”



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"It seems that the only thing farming and forestry have in common is that they both take place outdoors. Yet, according the authors of this unorthodox but exceptionally useful handbook, ''forest farming,'' which involves gathering a wide variety of plants, from mushrooms to medicinals, predates agriculture. Aiming their advice at readers living in temperate climate zones, including the upper half of North America, Mudge and Gabriel draw on their expertise in the rapidly emerging field of agroforestry to provide in-depth tips on cultivating mushrooms, gathering fruits and nuts, harvesting popular herbs such as ginseng, and even managing goats for maintaining canopy sheltered grasses and ornamentals. Along with sumptuous illustrations and invaluable case studies, their work provides a wealth of information for anyone with wooded land looking for ways to better manage it as well as reap a little extra profit from its rich agricultural potential.”



“What a joy to read! Nice pictures, great case studies, and well organized. I can tell the authors put their heart and soul into this book. Farming the Woods is the source for temperate climate agroforestry, particularly for Northeast permaculture designers and teachers.”--Jonathan Bates, Owner of Food Forest Farm & contributing author of Paradise Lot



“My particular focus of research is in mushrooms, and Farming the Woods not only offers detailed methodology and techniques for woodland mushroom cultivation, but also adds insight on scheduling and calendars to help orchestrate yields in seasonal climates. I have always wanted to find this information on forest farming bundled together into a collaborative matrix with nut, berry, and rhizome production, and this book helps bridge sustainable agriculture and a healthy, circular systems approach. The authors urge us to take advantage of forested acreage we may have thought was unusable. Fill your forests with food!”--Tradd Cotter, author of Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation



“At last, a comprehensive forest farming guide for cool temperate climates! The authors have done a superb job explaining forest ecology and describing how to integrate fruits, nuts, mushrooms, medicinals, animals, and more into forest systems. A must-read for anyone interested in agroforestry, forest gardening, or utilizing forests for specialty crops.”--Martin Crawford, author of Creating a Forest Garden



Publishers Weekly-

"In this latest of the publisher’s serious, readable, and eminently useful books on cutting-edge permaculture practices, Cornell University professor Mudge and Fingerlakes forest farmer and horticulturalist Gabriel take a step outside the permaculture trend toward forest gardening―gardening that emulates forest patterns―and focus on farming in the woods by maintaining a healthy forest ''while growing a wide range of food, medicinal, and other non-timber products.'' Beginning with a nuanced cultural history of forest farming, Mudge and Gabriel share their expertise on an abundance of woodland products: pollination techniques for paw-paws; the comparative economics of shiitakes and ginseng; maple, birch, and walnut sugaring methods; hazelnut breeding; and the safe use of a chain saw, to name but a few. A thoughtfully speculative but practical section on the possible effects of climate change reflects the authors’ humble and hopeful perspective that ''much of the trouble in the world today is due to disconnection from ... larger cycles. Forest farming invites us to change these cycles and to offer a gift for generations to come.’” 

About the Author

Ken Mudge has been involved in agroforestry research, teaching, and extension for over twenty years. His research has focused on non-timber forest products including nitrogen-fixing trees, American ginseng, forest-cultivated mushrooms, and others. He teaches courses including a practicum in forest farming, plant propagation, and grafting. He is principal investigator on a NE SARE-funded extension project, in collaboration with the University of Vermont and with established shiitake farmers (including coauthor Steve Gabriel) to train forest owners in shiitake mushroom production as a business enterprise. 



Steve Gabriel, author of Farming the Woods (with Ken Mudge), is an ecologist, educator, and a 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 currently splits his time between working for the Cornell Small Farms Program, and developing the farm he runs with wife Elizabeth, Wellspring Forest Farm, which produces shiitake mushrooms, duck eggs, pastured lamb, nursery trees, and maple syrup.



John Munsell is an associate professor and forest management extension specialist at Virginia Tech. His background is in sociology and natural resource management. He also is associate editor of the journal Agroforestry Systems and has served as a reviewer for New York City Museum of Natural History, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. John teaches agroforestry and permaculture at Virginia Tech. He has worked with communities from Appalachia to Cameroon to study agroforestry implementation and associated environmental, social, and economic impacts. He has helped design whole-farm plans incorporating permaculture and agroforestry for properties across the United States.

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Homesteader
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Pretty, but too long and expensive
Reviewed in the United States on March 15, 2015
I really wanted to give this book five stars. The photos are riveting and I love the fact that the authors of the book have really tried many of the techniques they write about. There''s some good information on which plants will *really* produce fruits in shade (not many)... See more
I really wanted to give this book five stars. The photos are riveting and I love the fact that the authors of the book have really tried many of the techniques they write about. There''s some good information on which plants will *really* produce fruits in shade (not many) and an excellent analysis of which non-timber forest products will make a good income (shiitakes, maple syrup, ginseng, chestnuts, and hazelnuts). Plus, I really loved Ken Mudge''s free pdf about shiitake mushroom production (search for "Best Management Practices for Log-Based Shiitake Cultivation in the Northeastern United States"), so he gets a free star unrelated to this book.

So why only four stars? Farming the Woods is too long and too expensive. I didn''t have the same length complaint with the much longer Edible Forest Gardens, but the primary author of Farming the Woods is a college professor, and it shows in his sometimes dry and academic writing. If you''ve already heard of forest ecology, climate change, and permaculture, you''re not going to get anything out of the first 80 pages nor the last 30, which adds up to a full third of the book that I would have cut out (and there are other long sections in the interim that could have used excising). And at a cost of nearly $30 even after Amazon lowers the price tag, this is a book I would have preferred to check out of a library.

The bottom line is that I don''t really recommend this book to most readers. If you''re like me and absolutely must read every book on the subject, you''ll likely find a few gems in these pages, but otherwise, I''d recommend checking out Extension Service websites on the topics of non-timber forest products, silvopasture, and so forth. Chances are you''ll get most of the same information at a much lower cost --- free.
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If you live in a northern climate in the US, like New England, this book is .........
Reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2020
We live in the forest and grow 7 different varieties of mushrooms, keep honey bees, and have a large vegetable and herb garden. Every year our harvest increases, and last year after feeding our family, giving friends, neighbors, and family fresh vegetables, and canning and... See more
We live in the forest and grow 7 different varieties of mushrooms, keep honey bees, and have a large vegetable and herb garden. Every year our harvest increases, and last year after feeding our family, giving friends, neighbors, and family fresh vegetables, and canning and storing, we had so much extra that we were literally having to compost a lot of fresh produce. Some stuff was literally rotting on the vine/plant because we had so much extra. So we figured maybe this year we will set up a little vegetable stand to sell the overflow. This book is great when it comes to the details of growing and selling forest grown products, especially mushrooms. But is lacking in what I really wanted more information about; leeks, wild ginger, ginseng, tapping trees.
We already have mushroom garden beds and logs, this will be our third year, but we have some new varieties and this book will be a great reference for us. The reason I deducted a star, is because although this book goes into great detail on mushrooms , I feel the other chapters are lacking in information. I purchased it specifically for the information on Birch syrup and taping Birch trees. We have many stands of birch trees in our forest. We''ve tried our hand with the maples, but there are a plethora of birches, and it will be more sustainable to harvest from those. They also are tapped after the maples, so we could do both. Just for the family to enjoy the fresh syrup(I don''t enjoy the tapping process and worry about the tree). I wish there was more detailed information on tapping in general, as we are new to it, and want to do things in a way that are best for the trees. I found more information about tapping trees online then in this book. The chapters on leeks, wild ginger and ginseng are okay but again, I wish their was more information on growing them and less about how much money you can get for them. The mushroom information and instructions are really the star and highlight of this book. It is mostly centered around making a business out of mushrooms with forest agriculture. There is information on profiting with forest edibles and medicinals, but the book was written in 2014, so the pricing and agricultural numbers they give are not going to be the same 6 years later.
I''d like to point out that we live in New England in the US, and I feel this book is perfectly suited for the climate we live in. I feel as though we''ve taught ourselves (my family and I) much of what is written in this book, but it''s nice to know we are doing things the right way and pick up a bit of knowledge here and there.
I think it would be a 5 star book for beginners if the authors updated the current 2013/2014 information in the book with an updated version. The style of writing can be a bit dry at times, and has a textbook feel to it. The sentences seem to run on frequently in a lecture sort of way(like the author is trying to cram as much information into a sentence as possible) It would be a much better read if the flow of the book was better. It is decently illustrated with the authors hand drawings and photos.
Overall I give the book a 4 star rating because it does seem great for beginners, or someone that wants to grow or grow and sell mushrooms. I like that they give you yields of different forest crops, but I do wish they would update the book when it comes to the pricing of the agricultural products, how much is being farmed etc.
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Steven L. Davis
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This one, You''ll want.
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2020
I have been involved in Permaculture for a few years, and always on the look for very High-end books on the subject. Very hard to find, and extremely expensive. Saw this as a reference in another tome. This book is the ONE you''ll want. All the info, charts, maps, color... See more
I have been involved in Permaculture for a few years, and always on the look for very High-end books on the subject. Very hard to find, and extremely expensive. Saw this as a reference in another tome. This book is the ONE you''ll want. All the info, charts, maps, color plates, and tips on possible income streams (Bonus!). I have large volumes that cost a small fortune that provide the same info. I applaud the authors for the time and effort it took to compose this volume, and Thank them for giving it to us at a price that we can afford.
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Julie Rose
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Gardening in the Woods
Reviewed in the United States on January 24, 2018
Since I live in the woods, I''m using this book to learn how to garden here, without upsetting the natural beauty. It''s a challenge but this book is helping me understand what I need to do
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Bootlethund
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Beautiful book, not comprehensive, but great at giving directions to look.
Reviewed in the United States on January 8, 2021
Unfortunately when you''re deeply interested in utilizing nature you typically will need to see images with full color to be adept at identification, which is not always available. I sprung for this book because I wanted a decent resource to help build my own oasis. So far... See more
Unfortunately when you''re deeply interested in utilizing nature you typically will need to see images with full color to be adept at identification, which is not always available. I sprung for this book because I wanted a decent resource to help build my own oasis. So far it''s been incredibly instructive, and even if not everything advised is possible, it will be a useful broad-strokes tool for gaining a handle on creating a healthy ecosystem in my backyard.
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Raymond Herlong
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Later the book gets really good and leaves the preaching behind
Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2017
Two serious issues with the very early chapters of this book, 1. The information was repeated again and again. 2. They preach about climate change. Later the book gets really good and leaves the preaching behind. Even with my dislikes, this book is a five
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Doug
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Not very useful imo
Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2021
I was hoping for practical info on how to obtain food and/or other useful things from the forest. Very little of that. Mostly just theory or ideology, much of it even seems like untried wishful thinking or even a roadmap on how to turn productive agricultural land into... See more
I was hoping for practical info on how to obtain food and/or other useful things from the forest. Very little of that. Mostly just theory or ideology, much of it even seems like untried wishful thinking or even a roadmap on how to turn productive agricultural land into unproductive woods.
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FarmGirl
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Good referance book
Reviewed in the United States on August 16, 2015
A great book on farming in and around the trees, stumps and brush. If our creator grows such a diverse grouping of plants out in the woods, then should we not follow his example. No chemicals needed just good naturally occurring compost and ground cover. Old stump roots... See more
A great book on farming in and around the trees, stumps and brush. If our creator grows such a diverse grouping of plants out in the woods, then should we not follow his example. No chemicals needed just good naturally occurring compost and ground cover. Old stump roots grow great berries, old downed trees grow mushrooms, ect.
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This book is super in depth.
Reviewed in Canada on July 22, 2018
I got this book at the same time I bought Restoration Agriculture. At first I was a little disappointed that Restoration Agriculture was written more as a casual conversational style book, with the author expressing his opinions and providing defence of them, (though it won...See more
I got this book at the same time I bought Restoration Agriculture. At first I was a little disappointed that Restoration Agriculture was written more as a casual conversational style book, with the author expressing his opinions and providing defence of them, (though it won me over and I came to love it), this book is the distinct opposite. It is a deep dive into different growing projects and the permaculture philosophy behind it, even going so far as to give cost estimate breakdowns of multiple methods of growing mushrooms, propagating plants for sale and raising ducks among others. They use a control group and test several methods and give the breakdowns for each. This is not a light read at all. It’s very in-depth, though less so on the philosophical side, and more on the practical side. If this is what you’re looking for, it’s totally worth picking up. If you’re looking for more of a read-on-the-couch-with-tea book about permaculture, try Restoration Agriculture instead. This book is a hold-my-calls-for-the-next-three-days-I’ll-be-in-here-taking-notes kind of read.
I got this book at the same time I bought Restoration Agriculture. At first I was a little disappointed that Restoration Agriculture was written more as a casual conversational style book, with the author expressing his opinions and providing defence of them, (though it won me over and I came to love it), this book is the distinct opposite. It is a deep dive into different growing projects and the permaculture philosophy behind it, even going so far as to give cost estimate breakdowns of multiple methods of growing mushrooms, propagating plants for sale and raising ducks among others. They use a control group and test several methods and give the breakdowns for each. This is not a light read at all. It’s very in-depth, though less so on the philosophical side, and more on the practical side. If this is what you’re looking for, it’s totally worth picking up. If you’re looking for more of a read-on-the-couch-with-tea book about permaculture, try Restoration Agriculture instead. This book is a hold-my-calls-for-the-next-three-days-I’ll-be-in-here-taking-notes kind of read.
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Felix
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Wonderful woodlot resource
Reviewed in Canada on November 25, 2017
Excellent book! It thoroughly covered many interesting aspects such as ginseng cultivation, mushroom cultivation as well as other aspects of forest farming. My one criticism would be that it could have had a more extensive chapter on the wood products and overall stand...See more
Excellent book! It thoroughly covered many interesting aspects such as ginseng cultivation, mushroom cultivation as well as other aspects of forest farming. My one criticism would be that it could have had a more extensive chapter on the wood products and overall stand improvement, but I also understand that those topics start to get away from the topic of forest farming. The case studies were good, and the authors recommended other good books when topics went beyond their level of expertise. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone with a woodlot and who may want to make some extra money.
Excellent book! It thoroughly covered many interesting aspects such as ginseng cultivation, mushroom cultivation as well as other aspects of forest farming. My one criticism would be that it could have had a more extensive chapter on the wood products and overall stand improvement, but I also understand that those topics start to get away from the topic of forest farming. The case studies were good, and the authors recommended other good books when topics went beyond their level of expertise. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone with a woodlot and who may want to make some extra money.
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Great book
Reviewed in Canada on June 9, 2019
Lots of useful information in this book!
Lots of useful information in this book!
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à découvrir
Reviewed in France on September 23, 2017
je recommande ce livre pour découvrir la culture dans les bois en pays tempéré. la place des espèces sauvages est encore sous-représentée pour un tel projet... mais c''est un bon début.
je recommande ce livre pour découvrir la culture dans les bois en pays tempéré.
la place des espèces sauvages est encore sous-représentée pour un tel projet...
mais c''est un bon début.
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much to learn about what the can provide
Reviewed in Canada on July 14, 2018
much to learn about what the fotest can provide
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