Elizabeth and Steve Gabriel started the farm & school in 2012 after many years working in farming production and education. In addition to running the farm, they are involved with several efforts within the Finger Lakes Region of NY to improve the sustainability and equity of the food system.


Elizabeth is Executive Director for the Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming, based in Ithaca, NY. She co-founded the acclaimed Common Good City Farm in Washington DC which quickly become a model for community-based food production in cities. She is also a popular yoga instructor for Mighty Yoga and believes strong in the connection between personal wellbeing, good food, and farming.


Steve is Agroforestry Extension Specialist for the Cornell Small Farms Program and also Managing Editor for the Small Farm Quarterly. He brings a diverse backgorund in forestry, farming, and ecology to his work as a forest farmer, educator, and mentor. He is co-founder of the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute and in 2014 co-authored the book Farming the Woods: An Integrated Permaculture Approach to Growing Food and Medicine in Temperate Forests and in 2018 authored Silvopasture: A Guide to Managing Grazing Animals, Trees, and Forages.



Our farm demonstrates techniques that restore forest ecosystems, build soil, and preserve water quality while producing food, medicine and materials. Each enterprise on the farm is designed to be economically profitable, yet no system works in isolation, as all things in nature are connected.


Our school is a place where we draw upon a rich community of teachers and mentors in support of a social mission to reconnect people of all ages to forest ecosystems and equip them with the knowledge and tools to become active stewards of woodland resources. 


Our vision is that humanity learns to see the forest as a valuable, productive space, forming relationships based on an intimate way of knowing and rooted in participatory action. Through mentoring our students we transform the eastern temperate forest into a productive and diverse ecosystem for generations to come.  


The addition of trees, forest gardens, and forest farms to backyard and farming landscapes provides one of the best strategies moving forward in a rapidly changing world.



Knowledge is not held by a single person or organization but by a collective effort to share, discover, and preserve valuable a range of valuable information and skills. Thus, the school is not only at Wellspring Forest Farm, but in many locations around the region. The ideas are not in one head or heart, but in many. We are thankful for the partnerships and people who teach, sustain, and support us.

We acknowledge that  Wellspring Forest Farm is located on Indigenous Lands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ (Cayuga Nation) and recognize the Indigenous peoples who have lived and continue to live on these lands. In so doing, we acknowledge Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ sovereignty and their long-standing presence on this land, which precedes the establishment of New York State, and the United States of America. Today, this meeting place is still home to the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ and Indigenous people from across Turtle island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

We recognize that owning land and a farm and having generous access to education and resources places us in a privileged situation. We work as farmers and teachers each day to better understand our place in society and work to dismantle structures we influence so that all people can have equitable access to a good and dignified life. All of our events, our mushroom CSA, and consulting are offered as tiered pricing to improve access. (Read more here) As we further develop practices to uphold these ideals we will share them here.

6164 Deer Run Ln, Trumansburg NY