June 4-6, 2018
Faculty: Steve Gabriel
Any practice combining forest management and crop production is considered agroforestry, but only a few possible ventures have the knowledge, technology, and markets that support profitability on a wide range of landscapes. This course will offer you skills to sustainably care for your woodlot and focus on log-grown mushrooms, tree saps and syrups, and silvopasture (grazing animals in the forest) as three of the best options for both the homestead and farm scale. Almost any forested land is suitable for one or more of these practices. This course is highly engaging and hands-on, with lots of practical information and the tools to get started at home.
- Day 1 – Accessing Tree Health and Tree Removal
- Day 2 – Tapping Trees (maple, birch, walnut & more) and Mushroom Inoculation (shitake, oyster, lions mane & more)
- Day 3 – Silvopasture
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Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Prerequisites: In order to take full advantage of this course we recommend students have fundamental knowledge of biology and ecology with a familiarity of Northeastern forest culture. No formal prerequisites required.
Tuition & Fees: Early Bird Pricing: $525 / Pricing after May 21st: $550 covers the cost of the class, most course materials, and daily meals from our top-ranked Sterling Kitchen. Accommodations are not included in course pricing.
Housing Availability & Fees: On-campus housing is available for an additional fee of $60/night with a private bathroom and $50/night with shared bathrooms.. Please note that Sterling College offers rustic/vintage/farmhouse style accommodations that are clean and safe but not luxurious. Availability is limited and room requests are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you prefer to stay off-campus please see our accommodations page for local recommendations.
Faculty Bio: Steve Gabriel is an ecologist, forest farmer, and educator living in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. He passionately pursues work that re-connects people to the forested landscape and supports them to grow their skills in forest stewardship. He is Agroforestry Extension Specialist for the Cornell Small Farm Program and co-owns Wellspring Forest Farm & School with his wife Elizabeth, where they produce mushrooms, maple syrup, duck eggs, pastured lamb, and elderberry extract, all from forest-based systems. The school hosts several educational programs each season, with the goal of increasing people’s understanding of healthy forests and how they can play a critical role in their stewardship. He is managing editor for the Small Farm Quarterly, which publishes articles on food and farming, and is co-author, along with Ken Mudge, of the widely praised book on agroforestry, Farming the Woods, which was released in 2014. A second book, called Silvopasture: How to Integrate Trees, Forages, and Livestock in a Farm Ecosystem, is due out in 2018.
Disclaimer: Course descriptions on this webpage are for informational purposes only. Content may be updated or change as planning evolves. Sterling College reserves the right to alter the program specifics, including details about course content, instructors, collaborations, field trips and facilities at any time without notice.