Farming the Woods

Discover the pioneering guide to transforming your woodland into a bountiful forest farm with Farming the Woods.

This book stands as the first comprehensive resource for those blessed with access to established woodlands and seeking innovative ways to cultivate a natural forest ecosystem brimming with food, medicinal products, and other valuable non-timber goods.

Jonathan Bates, owner of Food Forest Farm, celebrates the book as a treasure trove of temperate climate agroforestry knowledge, complete with captivating pictures, insightful case studies, and a well-structured layout.

Forest farming, though it may sound unconventional, draws on a rich historical tradition where civilizations thrived within tree-based systems.

Today, this practice offers a sustainable alternative to conventional field farming, especially suited to challenging terrains like steep slopes and shallow soils.

It emerges as a crucial addition to any farm or homestead, promising unique products and essential supplemental income.

Farming the Woods delves into:

  • Cultivating, harvesting, and marketing valuable non-timber forest crops;
  • The historical roots of forest farming and its modern implications;
  • Adapting forest mimicry in a changing climate;
  • Growing medicinal herbs;
  • Establishing a forest nursery;
  • Utilizing wood products sustainably;
  • Integrating animals into forest farming;
  • Practical steps for designing and managing your forest farm.

From American ginseng and shiitake mushrooms to maple syrup and beyond, the book explores a wide array of forest crops, offering a blueprint for diversifying your agricultural practice with forest-based products.

Perfect for anyone interested in blending agroforestry, permaculture, and sustainable woodlot management into a cohesive farm strategy, Farming the Woods is an essential read.

Embrace this guide and embark on a journey to create a thriving forest farm as part of your holistic agricultural approach.

"Cover of 'Farming the Woods', showcasing a lush forest farm, highlighting the book's focus on innovative and sustainable forest farming techniques."

Author: Steve Gabriel, Ken Mudge

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 9781603585071

Pages: 384  

Country: UK  

Language: English  

Dimension: 8 x 10 inch