Agroforestry Apprenticeship Training Program in Ithaca

Wellspring Forest FarmWellspring Forest Farm’s Summer Agroforestry Apprenticeship Training Program

Our agroforestry apprenticeship training program is designed to train participants in the art and science of forest ecology, and equip them with practical real-world skills and experience in forestry and forest farming. We focus on taking the time to support individual learning and skill building in this five-month experiential educational program.

“This program is a completely immersive experience into the world of agroforestry. Time spent cultivating mushrooms, learning proper chainsaw use, rotationally grazing sheep, and learning forestry principles left a profound impact on my life. I learned and grew more than I ever could have hoped.”  — Wyatt, 2016 Participant

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Agroforestry Trainings for Military Veterans

The Cornell Small Farms Program is offering three two-day Agroforestry Trainings for Military Veterans in 2017. Agroforestry includes farming practices that combine trees and forestry with crop production. Three workshops will convene to focus on the most viable tree-crop enterprises including maple syrup, log-grown shiitake mushrooms, and silvopasture (combining livestock with trees).

Each training includes classroom instruction and site visits to farms in active production.

Content will cover the technical aspects of production as well as the financial and business considerations for each venture.

Harvesting Wild Ramps on the Farm

Harvesting Wild Ramps on the Farm – Sustainable Farming and Food Systems Student Post By Josh

A Handful of RampsWild ramps are one of many natural delicacies that exist here in upstate New York. Their species name is Allium tricoccum and they are in the same family as onions, garlic, and leeks. They usually have two or three leaves and a white stalk that goes only an inch or so into the ground. Their root system is not very extensive and they can be harvested quite easily with a shovel or a knife.


There are a few different ways to harvest wild ramps. One is to uproot the whole patch and replant some back scattered about. The other is to cut down at the base of the white stalk or “bulb” as you might call it (though it is not technically a bulb) just under the ground. It is important to harvest ramps in a way that is responsible and thoughtful because the plants are very easily overharvested. It takes a very long time for them to regenerate themselves. Usually it takes about six years to totally repopulate a patch that you harvest from. A common rule of thumb for harvest is to not take more than 10% of the ramps that are growing in an area in a given year.

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