Agroforestry and Natural Resources

Agroforestry Research

The following is a sample research project relevant to agroforestry and woodlots. If you have a specific interest that is not addressed here, contact Marianne Krasny, Chair, Department of Natural Resources, 607-255-2821,

Forest farming of shiitake mushrooms is an agroforestry practice that increases crop diversity while providing diversified income for farmers and other forest owners. Mushroom farmer advisers, the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and Cornell University’s Arnot Forest work to lead education and research activities. Key elements in workshops conducted by this project include: tree acquisition (forest management), hands-on learning of essential skills, site visits to growers and guidance in development of a 5 year enterprise plan The NE Forest Mushroom Cultivator’s Network (Visit be used to foster communication among experienced and novice growers and to disseminate research results and a research-derived Best Management Practices publication.

Top Impact from Work Thus Far: Determined that, contrary to conventional wisdom, there is great flexibility in time between felling of tree and production of bolts for inoculation.

Duration: Ongoing

Project Leader(s): Ken Mudge,

Project Partners: See for complete list

Potential Benefits for Small Farms: Increased shitake mushroom yields

Funding Source(s): SARE, grant # LNE10-298

For more information:

Agroforestry Extension Resources

The Cornell Sugar Maple Research & Extension Program
The Cornell Sugar Maple Program exists to improve the production and use of maple products by working with producers, consumers, and others interested in this fascinating local product. Contact: Stephen Childs, 607-255-1658, Website:
Woodlot Management Assistance
Contact: Peter J. Smallidge, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University, 607-592-3640,
ForestConnect website:
Master Forest Owner Program website:
Arnot Teaching and Research Forest website:
Publications are available through  via the forestry and natural resources links.

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