Agroforestry Extension Specialist and Author

Steve Gabriel is an ecologist, forest farmer, and educator living in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Throughout his career, Steve has taught thousands of farmers and land managers about the ways farming and forestry can be combined to both benefit the ecology and the bottom line of the farm. Steve is Agroforestry Extension Specialist for the Cornell Small Farm Program and has served as guest faculty at Cornell University, Sterling College, Paul Smith’s College, and the Omega Center for Sustainable Living. Alongside his wife, Elizabeth, he co-stewards Wellspring Forest Farm, where they produce mushrooms, maple syrup, duck eggs, pastured lamb, and elderberry extract, all from forest-based systems.

Steve co-authored “Farming the Woods” with Ken Mudge in 2014, and is the author of the new book “Silvopasture”, released in 2018. Websites: and

Session 1: Silvopasture in Practice, Saturday, March 9, 8:30 – 10:00 am

A presentation outlining the basic principles and opportunities to implement the inclusion of trees and forest in grazing systems.

Session 2: Managing the Farm Woodlot, Saturday, March 9, 10:30 – 12:00 noon

Fundamental to any agroforestry practice is understanding the basics of forest ecology and how we can steward the forest for present goals and future generations

Session 3: Tree Fodder for Livestock Food & Medicine, Saturday, March 9, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Several species including willow, poplar, and black locust have been researched extensively and offer a wide range of opportunities for utilization in silvopasture systems.

Session 4: Putting it all together, Saturday, March 9, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Designing a silvopasture grazing plan using Google Earth as a planning tool for your farm.