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.
Author: Steve Gabriel, Ken Mudge
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Dimension: 8 x 10 inch