Authors Bring Their Experience Teaching and Researching in the Woods…

mudge_kennethGRAY Ken Mudge is a professor of Horticulture at Cornell University since 1986. He has been engaged in rural economic development through research and education on development of non-timber forest products for over 20 years. He teaches courses on forest farming, plant propagation, and grafting including public online courses in horticulture.

His research has focused on the agroforesty practice of forest farming, with particular emphasis on non-timber forest products including nitrogen-fixing trees, American ginseng, and forest cultivated mushrooms. He is the Primary Investigator on a Northeast SARE-funded extension project to train forest owners in shiitake mushroom production as a business enterprise in collaboration with the University of Vermont and established shiitake farmers.

Ken also conducts workshops and other activities for training forest owners in non-timber forest products. Many activities are centered on the MacDaniels Nut Grove, an agroforestry research and demonstration center at Cornell.

stevebiopicGRAYSteve Gabriel is an ecologist, educator, and forest farmer living and working in the Finger Lakes Region of central New York. Since returning to his hometown of Ithaca in 2005, he has co-founded the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute, worked three years as land use manager for Cayuga Nature Center, co-owned a 500 tap maple sugaring operation, and taught hundreds of students about ecological and sustainable design. He currently splits his time between work for the Cooperative Extension Garden-Based Learning program at Cornell University and developing his business Work With Nature, where he grows gourmet mushrooms, manages small woodlots for local landowners, and offers mushroom inoculation classes.