I'm engaged in rural economic development through research and education on development of non-timber forest products, as well as online education (distance learning) in public horticulture. Agroforestry, which I am involved in, is a sustainable approach to rural/forest land use, including my research and extension in forest mushroom cultivation, and development of online resources for agroforestry.
My research focuses on the agroforesty practice of forest farming, with a particular emphasis on forest cultivated mushrooms.
Outreach and Extension Focus
My extension activities include both online horticultural distance learning for adult education, and public education regarding forest farming and mushroom cultivation. I conduct workshops and other activities for training forest owners in non-timber forest products. Many activities are centered on the MacDaniels Nut Grove, an agroforestry research and demonstration center adjacent to the Cornell campus that we've developed in cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources and Cornell Plantations.
I teach Hort 4000 (Plant Propagation) and Hort 4260 (Practicum in Forest Farming). I am also responsible for horticultural distance learning courses in organic gardening, plant propagation and other topics. I have contributed to teaching IARD 4020 including lectures and a month long course-related field trip to India (Jan. 2012)
- Mudge, K. W. (2009). Forest Farming. Arnoldia, The Magazine of the Arnold Arboretum. 67:26-35.
- Lim, W., Mudge, K. W., & Weston, L. (2007). Utilization of RAPD markers to assess genetic diversity of wild populations of North American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolium). Planta Medica. 73:73-76.
- Lim, W., Mudge, K. W., & Lee, J. W. (2006). Effect of Water Stress on Ginsenoside Production and Growth of American Ginseng, Panax quinquefolium. HortTechnology . 16:517-522.
- Lim, W., Mudge, K. W., & Vermeylen, F. (2005). Effects of Population, Age, and Cultivation Methods on Ginsenoside Content of Wild American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolium). Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 53:8498-8505.
- Hennigan, K., & Mudge, K. W. (2004). Effect Of Interactivity And Learning Style On Developing Hands-On Horticultural Skills Via Distance Learning. Acta Horticulturae. 641:85-92.
- Isutsa, D. K., Pritts, M. P., & Mudge, K. W. (1998). A protocol for growing apple rootstock microshoots. Fruit Varieties Journal. 52:107-116.
- Mudge, K. W. (2009). History of Grafting (chapter). p. 437-487 Horticultural Reviews Janick, J. (ed.), AVI.
- Mudge, K. W. (2008). Graft: Theory and Practice. p. 273-293 Plant Propagation Concepts and Laboratory Exercises Caula Beyl and Robert Trigiano (ed.), CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, USA.
Presentations and Activities
- Cultivation and Foraging of Forest Mushrooms. Cultivation and Foraging of Forest Mushrooms. September 2012. Rowe Conference Center. Rowe, MA.
- Forest Mushroom Cultivartion in the Northeast. Forest Farming. February 2012. North Carolina A&T University. NC A College of Agriculture.