Forest Farming Community

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The forest farming community

The forest farming community shares information about growing and selling high-value non-timber forest products. Members are from across the country and have experience farming and studying edible, medicinal, decorative, and craft-based products in woodlands. The community provides woodland owners and managers with information about startup, best practices, and markets and policies.

Non-timber forest products are a key part of the US forest-based economy. Examples of high-value products include shiitake mushrooms, medicinal plants such as goldenseal, decoratives such as pine straw and salal, and craft products such as cypress knees. Forest farming is the sustainable cultivation of these products under the protection of a forest canopy that has been modified and is maintained  to provide the correct shade level.  Forest farming is an agroforestry practice that provides income while high-quality, long-term trees are being grown for future products or forest conservation.

Who is part of the forest farming community?

We are forest farmers, university faculty, and agency personnel working together to provide useful farming information. We have a variety of forest farming expertise and believe that through collaboration we will advance the practice. 

What can be found?

Who are the members  of the core community?

John Munsell – Virginia Tech  James Chamberlain – USDA Forest Service
Michael Jacobson – Penn State  Sarah Workman – Univ. of Georgia
Jeanine Davis – North Carolina State  Nancy Franz – Iowa State
Cathie Bukowski – Trees for the Future  Penny Frazier – Good from the Woods
Dave Carman – Haw Pond Farm  Bill Hubbard – Univ. of Georgia
Joshua Idassi – North Carolina A & T   James Freed – Washington State Univ.    
Jesse Randall – Iowa State Rich Straight – USDA Forest Service
Diomy Zamora – Univ. of Minnesota Michael Gold – Univ. of Missouri   
Kenneth Mudge – Cornell  


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