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Steve is an Extension Specialist focused on specialty mushroom production and agroforestry. Throughout his career, Steve has taught thousands of people about the ways farming and forestry can be combined to both benefit the ecology and economies of small farms.  He is also a farmer, author, hiker, and musician.
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Specialty Mushroom Project Expands to Serve Diverse Urban and Rural Growers

By Steve Gabriel / October 7, 2019

Interest in specialty mushrooms (defined as any non-button variety) from both farmers and consumers is growing rapidly, with demand increasing by 4% annually in the U.S. Given the flexible scale of production systems, mushrooms are well positioned for production by a diverse range of small and mid-sized farmers in urban and rural settings. With funding…

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Mushroom Expert Offers Series of Educational Events

By Steve Gabriel / September 23, 2019

The Cornell Small Farms Program is welcoming mushroom expert Tradd Cotter to Ithaca, NY, for a number of events that will share how mushrooms can integrate into agriculture, medicine, sustainability and more. Join us the second week of October to learn from Cotter, a microbiologist, professional mycologist, and organic gardener from South Carolina.  Cotter and…

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Free Monthly Webinar Series on Specialty Mushrooms from Our Mushroom Project

By Steve Gabriel / April 22, 2019

The Cornell Small Farms Program’s project focused on specialty mushroom farming enterprises is launching a monthly webinar series highlighting the latest research and stories from experienced growers around the region. These free webinars will occur on the first Wednesday of each month, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST, and will be recorded and posted…

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Producing Specialty Mushrooms: Outdoor vs Indoor Systems

By Steve Gabriel / April 1, 2019

A perfect crop for many farm enterprises. The time is ripe for growers to consider adding mushrooms as a crop to their farm enterprise. Specialty mushrooms are defined by USDA as any species of mushroom not belonging to the genus Agaricus, the most commonly grown and consumed mushroom in the United States. In fact, the…

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Six Key Principles for a Successful Silvopasture

By Steve Gabriel / July 2, 2018

Within the practice of agroforestry, or mixing trees with agricultural production, the concept of silvopasture has some of the broadest appeal. Many farms already work with livestock, and making good use of forested land for multiple yields is highly beneficial to the farmer.  Whether you choose to graze sheep in a Christmas tree farm, move cows…

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Six Key Principles for a Successful Silvopasture

By Steve Gabriel / June 28, 2018

Within the practice of agroforestry, or mixing trees with agricultural production, the concept of silvopasture has some of the broadest appeal. Many farms already work with livestock, and making good use of forested land for multiple yields is highly beneficial to the farmer.  Whether you choose to graze sheep in a Christmas tree farm, move cows…

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Black Locust: A Tree with Many Uses

By Steve Gabriel / January 8, 2018

In early October this past year, a devoted group of foresters, farmers, extension educations, students, and others gathered at the USDA Plant Materials Center in Big Flats, NY to discuss a common, yet underappreciated tree that has great potential for farms across the Northeast: Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia). This tree, which has often been given…

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Cornell Small Farms Program Update Fall 2017

By Steve Gabriel / October 2, 2017

From the Editor While Fall might feel like the end of the year for many farmers, in some cultures it is seen as the “New Year.” In some senses, after the long hard work of the season, with hay bales and canned tomatoes stored for the coming winter, it makes sense to start over, begin…

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Agroforestry in Practice: a 3-day training for Service Providers

By Steve Gabriel / September 27, 2017

Agroforestry in Practice: 3-day training for Service Providers October 17, 18, and 19, 2017 Montour Falls, NY at the Schuyler County Cooperative Extension Agroforestry is the science and art of combining trees and forests with crop production. It is a topic of great interest to many landowners and farmers and offers many promising enterprises including…

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Online Courses: Starting from Square One, Woodlot Managment, Quickbooks for Farmers

By Steve Gabriel / August 29, 2017

The Cornell Small Farms Program offers over twenty courses to help farmers improve their technical and business skills. Students connect with other farmers, work on farm plans, and gain practical tips without leaving their home. Course content can be accessed anywhere with a high-speed internet connection. Most courses are six weeks long. Each week features…

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