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Free Guidebooks
From 2012 to 2018 we conducted two research projects on farm thanks to support from NESARE Farmer Grants.
We explored using ducks as slug control methods for our mushroom and sheep enterprises and produced two guidebooks to summarize what we learned about raising ducks and the results of our research.
CLICK on a cover to download.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under subaward numbers FNE 16-842 and FNE 12-745.

Free Articles

Black Locust: A Tree with Many Uses

FEB 2018                  DOWNLOAD PDF

Wild Leeks Welcome us to Spring, But Need Careful Harvesting

MARCH 2017                   DOWNLOAD PDF  

Tapping Maple for SapJust a few trees can provide a delicious,
nutritious spring tonic for drinking

FEB 2017                        DOWNLOAD PDF  

Storing Sunlight for Winter: The incredible ability of mushrooms

to accumulate Vitamin D    

SEPT 2015                      DOWNLOAD PDF                                             

The Mystery and Science Behind Medicinal Mushrooms

AUG 2016                       DOWNLOAD PDF               

40% of New York is in Drought: What do the Trees have to say?

JULY 2016                       DOWNLOAD PDF                                        

Getting Stared in Wild Foraging Mushrooms

JUNE 2016                       DOWNLOAD PDF     

De-slugging the Woods: Maple-mushroom-duck polyculture proving

to be ecological, economical, and enjoyable for the farmers.

NOV 2015                        DOWNLOAD PDF                                

Grant Report & Key Considerations for Raising Ducks

DECEMBER 2014             DOWNLOAD PDF    

Steve explains how to grow shiitake, oyster, lions mane, and stropharia (wine cap) mushrooms outdoors profitably.


Recorded at the NOFA Vermont 34th annual winter conference on February 15, 2016 at the University of Vermont in Burlington.


Farming the Woods
Available for purchase
from our store

Read an excerpt

"Farming the Woods is sure to become a trusted companion for all farmer types. Whether one plans to solely work the forest or to use forested ground as a working farm, Ken Mudge and Steve Gabriel have crafted a tome destined to become a classic. The calm, friendly and knowledgeable voices of experience present a well-written book that will be useful for generations.”

-- Joan Bailey, Permaculture Magazine

Available for purchase
from our store

"In this foundational book, Steve Gabriel masterfully blends years of hard work, listening, and studying to present the complex subject in simple yet meaningful ways."

—Vail Dixon, Simple Soil Solutions

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