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Ben Falk

Ben Falk, M.A.L.D, developed Whole Systems Design, LLC, as a land-based response to biological and cultural extinction and the increasing separation between people and elemental things. Life as a designer, builder, ecologist, tree-tender, and backcountry traveler continually informs Ben's integrative approach to developing landscapes and buildings. His home landscape and the WSD studio site in Vermont's Mad River Valley serve as a proving ground for the innovative land developments featured in the projects of Whole Systems Design. Ben has studied architecture and landscape architecture at the graduate level and holds master of arts in landscape design degree. He has taught design courses at the University of Vermont and Harvard's Arnold Arboretum as well as on permaculture design, microclimate design, and design for climate change. He recently served on the board of directors at the Yestermorrow Design-Build School, where he also teaches from time to time.

    Ben's Upcoming Events

    • Ben Falk at Lyndon State College
      1001 College Rd, Lyndonville VT
      April 22, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Ben will be the 2014 Earth Day speaker at Lyndon State College. Details to come.

    • Ben Falk at VersaLand Farm
      , Iowa City IA
      May 22, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Ben will teach a five-day intensive workshop on Advanced Farm and Homestead Design at VersaLand Farm, May 22-26. Registration is required.

    Ben's Books

    The Resilient Farm and Homestead

    An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach

    Based on research and development in earthworks, perennial crops, cold-climate rice production, and nutrient-dense food/medicine from the Whole Systems Research Farm, The Resilient Farm and Homestead is a manual for developing durable, beautiful, and highly functional human habitat systems fit to handle an age of rapid transition.

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