Farming the Woods

Farming the Woods: An Integrated Permaculture Approach to Growing Food and Medicinals in Temperate Forests, by Ken Mudge and Steve Gabriel

$39.95

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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.

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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Weight 2.31 lbs