The cultivation of shade tolerant and often native crops on the forest floor, such as ginseng, goldenseal, and shiitake mush-rooms grown on logs. Forest farming can provide an income from forestlands not actively managed for timber or can provide shorter term income possibilities while timber matures.
The Forest Farming YouTube channel is where professionals in the field dish up inside-information on how to grow various medicinal plants, wild edibles and decorative floral products using the shade of the forest canopy.
The Forest Farming eXtension website is home to further information on forest farming.
Twitter, Facebook are good to keep updated about new content.
And Pinterest and Flickr sites for visual representations of non-timber forest productsMarket.
- Dix, M.E., Hill, D.B., Buck, L.E., & Rietveld, W.J. (1997). Forest farming: An agroforestry practice. Agroforestry Notes (7) http://nac.unl.edu/documents/agroforestrynotes/an07ff01.pdf
- Forest Farming eXtension. (2014). Forest Farming. eXtension website: http://www.extension.org/forest_farming
- Mudge, K., & Gabriel, S. (2014). Farming the woods: An integrated permaculture approach to growing food and medicinals in temperate forest. Chelsea Green Publishing: Vermont.