This post is an example of the case studies we want to document for our book. Ken visited several forest farming sites during his 2012 sabbatical. It inspired us to visit and research more for the book.
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:
Conversation with author Steve Gabriel & Scott Mann of the Permaculture Podcast. They discuss the relationship between permaculture and agroforestry and consider many specific forest farming systems.
High-value woodland plants are in danger of being overharvested, and because we have degraded our forests down so much, enjoying the food and medicinal aspects of these plants may require us to grow them.