The authors will appear at the following events in 2016. If you’d like to discuss booking us for your event, contact us.

Trees on Farms: Profitable Agroforestry

with Steve Gabriel

While the concept of agroforestry (integrating trees into farming systems) is appealing, for along time the economic basis has not been clear. Tree-based agricultural systems such as riparian buffers, forest farming, and silvopasture offer approaches resilient to climate change and diverse in their marketable products. These workshops examine economically viable crops such as log-grown mushrooms, tree saps, elderberry, paw paw, ginseng, and livestock systems and takes participants through a design process for their personal farm to match the right system to their ecotype.

NOFA-NY Winter Conference – Friday, January 22 (3-hr intensive)

NOFA-VT Winter Conference – Monday, February 15 (all day intensive)


Farm Scale Mushroom Cultivation (BF 150)

with Steve Gabriel

Online course: Tues Feb 23March 29, 2016. Webinars will be on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8pm Eastern time, and will be recorded for later viewing.

The production mushrooms on a small scale mushrooms an emerging niche crop with many benefits, including improving farmer stewardship of forested lands, utilization of old buildings and barn space, and the ability to offer a unique and highly desired product. With a bit of practice, mushrooms can be easily grown almost anywhere (woods, old buildings, gardens) and on many different materials (logs, woodchips, straw, shredded paper)

This six-week course trains new and experienced farmers in the background, techniques, and economics of farm scale commercial mushroom production. Students will learn the basic biology of mushrooms, cultivation techniques for shiitake, oyster, lions mane, and stropharia mushrooms, proper conditions for fruiting, management needs, and harvesting and marketing mushrooms.

The course is taught by Steve Gabriel, Agroforestry Specialist for Cornell Small Farms Program, co-owner of Wellspring Forest Farm (, and co-author of Farming the Woods ( Other guest farmers and mycologists will offer expertise during webinars.

Course fee is $200, plus $30 for a table-top mushroom spawn kit that will be sent directly to you for the hands-on portion of the course, so $230 total.

Read more about the course, and register at:



Harnessing the biological power of mushrooms to feed, heal, and restore

June 10 – 12 at the Omega Center for Sustainable Learning

with Steve Gabriel
In the forest, fungi play a critical role in supporting a healthy ecosystem. Their ability to rapidly adapt to their surroundings and digest a range of materials, coupled with the potent compounds they create, mean they can be employed for a remarkable range of uses, including delectable foods, powerful medicines, and even agents to clean up a toxins in the environment.

In this hands-on experiential program, Steve Gabriel, coauthor of Farming the Woods, guides us on an exploration of fungal ecology and they ways we can partner with them to solve many of the worlds most pressing problems.

During the weekend, participants will identify wild mushrooms and learn tree ID and forest ecology, inoculate logs, straw, and grain, make medicine, build a stormwater biofilter, create a styrofoam substitute, and, of course, cook and eat mushrooms. Overall, the class seeks to engage participants with the fungal world and through an understanding of it see the positive potential in continued learning and engagement.




Past Events (2015)

January 10, 2015 – NOFA Massachusetts Winter Conference

January 25, 2015 – NOFA-New York Winter Conference

January 31, 2015 – NOFA New Hampshire Winter Conference

February 7 – PASA Farming for the Future Conference

February 16 – NOFA VT intensive with Steve Gabriel

February 17 –  Paul Smiths College

March 6 – Permaculture Voices Conference

March 26 –  Book talk – Durland Alternatives Library

April 6 – Resilience Hub Portland, ME

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