Help promote the promise of farming the woods (video)

Please support our work to document and connect forest farmers in the temperate climates of North America. We are writing a book about the practice, theory, and principles of Forest Farming based on our years of research and successful real-world examples. About Us We are an agroforestry professor & researcher (Ken Mudge) and an extension […]

Presenting an Emerging Dimension of Farming and Gardening…

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.

Backyard Sugaring the Permaculture Way: an excerpt

Maple Sugaring is the first agricultural act of spring in the Northeast. It signals the awakening of the plant kingdom, with copious amounts of sap flowing up from the roots of the Sugar Maple,  awakening dormant buds and pushing forth flowers and eventually leaves that will be the solar array of the trees and forests […]

Into the Woods: Case Studies 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.

Forest Farming vs. Forest Gardening: What’s the Difference?

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: