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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.

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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New Camp Mushroom Class Offered June 7

By Steve Gabriel / March 31, 2015

SOLD OUT – email sfg53@cornell.edu with subject “camp mushroom waitlist” to be placed on the list for cancellations, or another offering in 2015. Camp Mushroom #2 Sunday, June 7 from 10:00am to 4:00pm Cornell Campus & MacDaniels Nut Grove Due to popular demand for Camp Mushroom, which is SOLD OUT, we are offering an additional,…

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10th Annual Camp Mushroom teaches basics of forest mushroom cultivation

By Steve Gabriel / March 18, 2015

ITHACA, NY — 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 10th year of the course, as forest mushroom cultivation blossoms in the northeast as a new small farm industry. Research…

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New survey for commercial forest mushroom growers seeks to catalog a rapidly growing industry

By Steve Gabriel / February 12, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 12, 2015 CONTACT: Steve Gabriel Agroforestry Specialist Cornell Small Farms Program sfg53@cornell.edu 607.342.2825 Cornell University, Ithaca NY — a new survey has been released by the Cornell Small Farms program to assess the current state and future prospects for active and beginning mushrooms growers in the temperate regions of North America.…

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Cornell Small Farms Update 2016

By Steve Gabriel / July 5, 2012

Message from the Editor Summer is upon the farm and this always means sweaty long days where we often push our bodies and minds to their limit; sometimes not leaving the field until the sun has slipped down over the horizon. We are busy as farmers, and there never seems to be enough time in the day. I’ve…

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