Online Courses

Our educational mission is to inspire and help build the skills of all people who want to better understand the woods and how they can both steward ecological health and productive use. For the time being all programming is being done online.  Please see our policy page before registering for a class.

Silvopasture In Practice (online course)

September 7 - Oct 16th (6 Weeks)


WITH WEEKLY LIVE Webinars (day and time TBA depending on class preference) and also recorded for later viewing.

Silvopasture is the practice of integrating trees, grazing animals, and forages in a mutually beneficial ecosystem that has been
rated #1 among all agriculture solutions to a changing climate.

 

In this course we will discuss the indigenous roots of silvopasture and agroforestry, learn best principles and practices, and discuss strategies to convert woodlands to silvopasture and plant trees successfully in pasture. Along the way, we use the natural ecology of the landscape, the inherent wisdom of the animals, and innovative concepts such as tree fodder to create living, productive ecosystems that enhance habitat for both farm and wild animals.

This course includes videos, readings, case studies, live webinars and Q&A, and previously recorded webinars from past offerings. Students get immediate access to content when they register and then lifetime access to the content including the opportunity to tune into future live offerings.

Join author of SILVOPASTURE and farmer Steve Gabriel, along with a range of special guest presenters sharing their knowledge and expertise. The course is designed to mirror the chapters in the book and provide an enhanced study guide for anyone seeking to improve their livestock ecosystems.

 

PAST GUESTS (archived recordings)

- Fred Provenza on Animal Nutritional Wisdom, author

- Connor Stedman on Ecology and Wildlife Benefits of Silvopasture

- Brett Chedzoy, Angus Glen Farm, 350+ Acre Beef Silvopasture in NY
 

UPCOMING GUESTS (Live with Q&A)

- Faith Gilbert of Letterbox Farm, on Financial Planning for Livestock

- Sarah Flack, author of Art and Science of Grazing

more TBA!


Week 1: Defining Silvopasture Principles & Benefits
Week 2: History and Ecology
Week 3: The Animals
Week 4: Woodland Conversion
Week 5: Trees Into Pasture
Week 6: Putting it All Together


 

SEE THE COURSE CURRICULUM HERE
 


 

COST:
$175/$200/$225 tiered pricing based on household income

(SEE HTTP://POLICY.WELLSPRINGFORESTFARM.COM FOR MORE INFO)
includes lifetime access to the course content, with annual webinars.

** SPECIAL DEAL for members of Practical Farms of Iowa **
PFI is offering a reduced rate, contact Meghan Filbert for details and code to use at check out:
meghan@practicalfarmers.org

Fungi Foraging & Cultivation (online course)

Oct 19 - November 20 (5 weeks)

 

Explore the wondrous world of fungi and start integrating mushrooms into your life!

 

You can safely grow, find, harvest, and consume a wide range of mushrooms for food and medicine. This course offers a starting point to a lifetime of learning by helping you navigate to the latest and best information about mushrooms.

During this course, we will learn how to identify mushrooms, cover tree identification and forest ecology, cover the steps of how to inoculate logs, straw, and grain, learn low-tech propagation techniques, and discuss how to best cook and eat mushrooms and make medicine from them.

 

Participants will build their skills in mushroom identification, cultivation, and propagation and leave the course equipped with the knowledge and tools to safely forage and engage in several hands-on growing projects at home!

This short course is intended for those new or somewhat familiar with the wonderful wold of fungi and mushrooms and interested in foraging and growing for personal and community use (non-commercial).

 

Join Steve Gabriel, co-author of FARMING THE WOODS, mushroom farmer, and researcher with the Cornell Small Farms Program (www.CornellMushrooms.org) along with special guests and weekly live webinars and Q&A sessions. (Guests TBA!)

This course includes videos, readings, case studies, live webinars and Q&A, and previously recorded webinars from past offerings. Students get lifetime access to the content including the opportunity to tune into future live offerings.

Curriculum:

Week 1: History, use, dimensions of Mycology
Week 2: Mushroom Identification & Foraging
Week 3: Outdoor Mushroom Cultivation (Shiitake logs, totems, beds)
Week 4: Indoor Mushroom Cultivation (Straw, coffee grounds, sawdust, growing in small spaces)
Week 5: Mushrooms as Medicine

COST:
$175/$200/$225 tiered pricing based on household income

(SEE
HTTP://POLICY.WELLSPRINGFORESTFARM.COM FOR MORE INFO)
includes lifetime access to the course content, with annual webinars.

(NOTE: this course focuses on the basics of mushrooms for home, personal, and community use. Steve also teaches about commercial cultivation through the Cornell Small Farms Program, see smallfarmcourses.com/ if you are seeking to learn about how to start an enterprise growing mushrooms)


 

6164 Deer Run Ln, Trumansburg NY

farmers@wellspringforestfarm.com