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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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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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One Day Conference: Growing Black Locust as a Timber Cash Crop

By Steve Gabriel / August 2, 2017

Join us for a special 1-day conference to explore the potential and methods for cultivating Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) profitably and successfully Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) is an Appalachian native with many positive attributes that merit consideration for any tree planting project. Black Locust has very strong, highly decay-resistant lumber that is an excellent alternative…

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New Video about our Online Small Farm Courses Starting SOON

By Steve Gabriel / September 5, 2016

We’ve posted a new video about our online small farm courses: Upcoming classes starting SOON include Poultry Production, Intro to Quickbooks, and Farm Woodlot Management! POULTRY PRODUCTION (BF 130): Thinking of getting started raising chickens, turkeys, or ducks? Take a 6-week online Poultry Production course through the Cornell Small Farms Program and learn how to produce…

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Learn better grazing methods for health and profit

By Steve Gabriel / January 28, 2016

Grazing Management (BF 231) Improve Your Triple Bottom Line Through Better Grazing an online course through the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project Thurs. March 17 – April 21, 2016, with webinars each Thurs evening from 6:30-8pm http://www.nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/grazing-management-bf-231 Grazing means more than simply turning livestock out onto a green area and hoping for the best. With planning and…

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Learn to grow mushrooms at 11th Annual Camp Mushroom

By Steve Gabriel / January 15, 2016

June 3 – 4 Hidden Valley Camp, Watkins Glen NY Friday 5 – 9pm, Saturday 9 am – 4pm Camp Mushroom is Cornell University’s annual two-day event for farmers, woodlot owners, and hobby growers who want to cultivate their own shiitake, oyster, lions mane, and stropharia mushrooms. This year marks the 11th year of the…

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Balance farming and personal life with Holistic Planning Course

By Steve Gabriel / December 23, 2015

Holistic Financial Planning (BF 203) Building Farm Profit Into the Picture an online course through the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project Wed. Jan. 20 – Feb 24, 2016 Webinars will be on Wed. evenings from 7-8:30pm EST http://www.nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/holistic-financial-planning-bf-203/ If you’ve been struggling to make your farm operation profitable without driving yourself into the ground, this financial…

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Learn all about Maple Sugaring (online course)

By Steve Gabriel / December 21, 2015

Introduction to Maple Syrup Production (BF 151) Tues. Jan 12 – Feb. 16, 2016. Webinars will be on Tues. evenings from 6:30-8pm EST http://www.nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/introduction-to-maple-syrup-production-bf-151/ This online course explores the possibilities of maple sugaring on your land – be it for supplemental income or for your livelihood. The material presented will assume little past knowledge of…

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