Forest Farming is an agroforestry practice focusing on the cultivation of non-timber forest products beneath the canopy of an existing forest. Forest farming is productive conservation. With its potential for supplemental income generation guided by the processes and relationships found in natural forest ecosystems it has become a popular with permaculture practitioners, woodlot owners and small farmers.
This book is a comprehensive guide for forest owners and farmers who want to learn about and consider forest farming. It is a valuable tool for anyone generating income from forests and seeking interesting ways to utilize their woodlands.
The book’s emphasis is on forest farming strategies for the Eastern forests, and useful in many temperate regions around the world. To augment their existing research, Authors Ken Mudge and Steve Gabriel will travel across the east coast to document the stories and strategies of successful forest farmers and present these case studies as an important component of the book. Chapters will be devoted to forest farming at a systems-level, and discuss the cultivation of specific crop categories (medicinal plants, edible crops, and ornamentals).
The growing interest in forest farming has encouraged many to try mushroom cultivation. This book introduces readers to the broad range of opportunities for mushrooms and other valuable non-timber forest crops, include American ginseng, gourmet mushrooms, ramps (wild leeks), maple syrup, fruit and nut trees, ornamental ferns, and others.
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