“In the eyes of many people, the practices of forestry and farming are mutually exclusive, because in the modern world, agriculture involves open fields, straight rows, and machinery to grow crops, while forests are primarily reserved for timber and firewood harvesting. Farming the Woods invites a remarkably different perspective: that a healthy forest can be maintained while growing a wide range of food, medicinal, and other non-timber products…..” 

Farming the Woods – An Integrated Permaculture Approach to Growing Food and Medicinals in Temperate Forests By Ken Mudge & Steve Gabriel


  At Hen of the Woods, we are passionate about sustainably harvested, non-timber forest products. We grow gourmet mushrooms, including shiitake, oyster, and lion’s mane mushrooms on logs in a natural forest environment; forage for seasonal wild mushrooms; and cultivate a number of oyster varieties on straw.

  We occasionally offer dried mushrooms products through the winter months.

  We increase our golden maple syrup production every year as we nurture our maple sugar bush. Another example of polyculture on our farm – when we thin out our sugar bush, we then use those maple logs to grow shiitake mushrooms.

Forest Foraging

Forest Growing

Forest Tapping