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Welcome Steve Gabriel author of Farming The Woods

 
Cassie Langstraat
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Photo Source: Farming The Woods Website

This week Steve Gabriel will be joining us to talk about farming in the forest.

There are four copies of his book, Farming The Woods up for grabs.

Steve will be stopping by on the forum over the next few days answering questions and joining in discussions.

From now through this Friday, any posts in this forum, ie the woodland forum, could be selected to win.

To win, you must use a name that follows our naming policy and you must have your email set up in Paul's Daily-ish email.

The winner will be notified by email and must respond within 24 hours.

Posts in this thread won't count, but please feel free to say hi to Steve and make him feel welcome!
 
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Welcome! Your book sounds amazing. I love the idea of doing the most we can with what is available to us. Good luck to everyone posting to win!
 
Lorenzo Costa
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Hi Steve, well I was intirgued by the book a few months ago and preordered it. I can't wait to receive it and start reading.
One thing I can say is that i came from reading Ben Falks book on the resilient homestead and thought it was going in the right direction giving great insight. Then I read Mark Shepards book, restoration agriculture, and saw how one can see working with tree's in an even more significant and useful way. Though Mark is working with a system that was planted by him and that is becoming stable, even if it is still growing and time will pass before it can be seen as a real stable system. Then you come along, with Farming the woods, and take the readers to a new, I should write higher level, but I want to write lower level, lower in the sense of under the canopy, in the soils depth, and in the soils most unseen force: mycelium.
You have set forward the idea that goes beyond forest gardening that mostly implies planting from new a forest in a specific designed way, to instead finding the path to living in a forest that exists and that can give high yields, just by starting to look at the tree's and the understories in a different way. For sure there will be some intervention but the strong idea that you put forward and give strength to, is the concept that no land is poor or non-yielding, and that we don't have necessarily to redesign a landscape, but can work with and under the existing canopy.
I don't want to stress the difference with forest gardening and what you work on that is forest farming, I don't know in the specific if it is so much about not necessarily not redesigning a landscape but I like to think that this the probable outcome of the vision and practice you share in the book. Can't wait to read the Q's and A's
EDIT: one thing I just want explain to not be misunderstood: I know you actually did a great work searching for case studies, and not only working by yourself, otherwise it seems I think you invented something, a new method, and I don't give credit to all the people around the world that practice these methods. You have had the great insight in farming forests in practice, and even the great ability in organising the bulk of data you collected in to a book, a manual.
I guess one thing that has started to come out in permaculture releated books in the last years is that we start to see more and more published work on case studies, and real life permaculture as Mark Shepard put it on the cover of his book. From edible forest gardens onwards I think we have seen published more in depth studies of real cases that are drawing the line on what can be obtained, I was thinking even of Phillips book on the holistic orchard (I haven't read it still).
 
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Howdy Steve, welcome to permies!
 
Meryt Helmer
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Hi Steve
 
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Right on! This looks excellent. Just watched the little video from the link and I like it. Definitely right up my alley. Thanks for stopping by Steve.
 
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welcome!
 
Tony DeFilippo
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Hi Steve,

I'm excited about your book, great timing for me as I'm in the process of buying a small woodland parcel right now!

Tony
 
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Welcome! Thank you for joining us.
 
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Thanks everyone! Nice to meet you!.

Lorenzo, I find the conversation of forest farming vs gardening not important as a semantic debate, but to better understand both practices.

See:
http://farmingthewoods.com/2013/04/04/forest-farming-vs-forest-gardening-whats-the-difference-2/
 
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I cannot wait to read the book. Supported the indiegogo for the book. I am very happy that it is finally here and looks like a big success. I am in upstate NY and very interested in farming my woods.
 
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Welcome Steve
Soooooo many questions, sooooo little time............
 
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Oh Wow! It looks like I forgot to announce the winners on permies. I told them through email so I think I forgot that I hadn't on the actual thread. The winners were

Andrew Schreiber

and

Peter Ellis
 
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