Forest Farming

[pdf] A Quick Guide to Producing Non-Timber Forest Products
A short brochure by Rural Action, and a great place to begin your explorations.

[website] Appalachian Forest Farmers Coalition
Great organization that coordinates a lot of helpful workshops and classes.  Site has a great resource section too.  The videos are great.

[website] Rural Action
Focused on Appalachian Ohio, they organize conferences and workshops about forest farming and many other subjects.  Several very informative PDF brochures free on the site.

[website] National Agroforestry Center
USDA program to promote the development of agroforestry (another word for 'forest farming).

[website] Association for Temperate Agroforestry
Based at the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry at Columbia, they promote wider adoption of agroforestry by landowners.

[book] Farming the Woods: An Integrated Permaculture Approach to Growing Food and Medicinals in Temperate Forests (2014) by Ken Mudge and Steve Gabriel
Excellent overview of everything from forest farming mushrooms to producing maple syrup using a permaculture approach.  Also, a couple of really nice, short videos on the homepage.

[book] Integrated Forest Gardening: The Complete Guide to Polycultures and Plant Guilds in Permaculture Systems (2014) by Wayne Weiseman, Daniel Halsey, and Bryce Ruddock
Long title but a great book that focuses on building plant guilds with many specific examples that include plant lists and drawings.

Native Medicinal Plants

[website] United Plant Savers
UpS is dedicated to the protection of threatened plant species.  They have developed a widely-used classification system to define species at-risk status.

{pdf} Growing & Marketing Woodland Botanicals
Good article by Dr. Jeanine Davis.

[book] Growing and Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal and other Woodland Medicinals (2014) by Jeanine Davis and W. Scott Persons
The most complete guide I have found for growing and marketing forest plants. A worthy investment.


[website] North American Mycological Association
A lot of good resources here and you can locate your local mushroom club.

[pdf] Growing Shiitake Mushrooms in an Agroforestry Practice
Nice overview by Johann Bruhn, PhD., and Michelle Hall

[book] Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation (2014) by Tradd Cotter
The most complete guide I have found for growing and marketing forest plants. A worthy investment.

[blog] Mushroom Cultivation
Mushroom blog by Cornell University Small Farms Program.  Packed with information.

[website] Field and Forest Products
A great source for high-quality, organic mushroom spawn, tools and information. I really like their PDF growing guides.


[book] Growing Great Garlic: The Definitive Guide for Organic Gardeners and Small Farmers (1991) by Ron L. Engeland  This little book is the single best resource we've found for information about growing garlic organically.

[pdf} Garlic: An Herb Society of America Guide (2006) by Michele Myers, et al.  This is an excellent short article that provides a nice overview, with lots of information on the chemistry and nutritional benefits of garlic, along with information about the cultural significance of garlic in history, folklore and the arts.


[website] Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
A grassroots organization, dedicated to promoting and supporting sustainable, ecological, and healthful food systems.

[website] Pennsylvania Certified Organic Forest Grown Verification Program
Information about the Forest Grown Verification Program, a third-party verification that products are grown and harvested in a sustainable and legal way.