This upcoming book presents the agroforestry practice of forest farming. Ken Mudge and Steve Gabriel capture the basic patterns and practices of this uncommon form of agriculture capturing the imagination of small farmers, permaculture designers, and small woodlot owners.
The book presents an emerging dimension of farming and gardening called forest farming. 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.
Chapter 2 Alongside the rapid and expansive growth of industrial agriculture were a small group of academics and agronomists who proposed strong arguments for the role tree crops could play in a more sustainable food system. Unfortunately, attention was really only paid to high-value commodity tropical crops such as coffee and cocoa, and little paid […]
Case studies offer a glimpse into the future potential of forest farming. While the concept may be new to many of us, there are silent farmers and gardeners working all over the US (and beyond), growing non-traditional crops like mushrooms, ginseng, and hickory nuts. We want our book to encourage dialogue and a greater expansion of forest farming.
In practice, especially in permaculture design, the lines between forest gardening and forest farming blur together. Ken Mudge and Steve Gabriel define the two practices as follows: