Ben Falk developed Whole Systems Design, 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 back country 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 a master’s degree in land-use planning and design.
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 serves on the Board of Directors and Faculty at the Yestermorrow Design-Build School. Ben joins us today to discuss growing rice with terraced systems in cold climates along with permaculture design considerations.
Join Ben and I Today as we Discuss…
- Why grow rice in the first place
- The methods of hill side agriculture that make a rice system practical
- Lessons learned by cultivating rice in a climate not know for it
- Integration of water fowl into a rice based system
- Pest control via the attraction and introduction of predators
- What hiring a permaculture design consultant can do for you
- The most common mistakes people make setting up a site
- The first things Ben looks at when evaluating a site
- Several ways you can save yourself thousands of dollars in mistakes when buying land
- A few uncommon crops and what they can do for your system
Additional Resources for Today’s Show
- Members Support Brigade
- TSP Gear Shop
- Back Yard Food Production – (sponsor of the day)
- Fortress Self Defense Consultants – (sponsor of the day)
- Participate in the Zombie Halloween Special
- Jan Cline has Passed Away
- The Story of how TSP Helped out Jan Cline
- Ben’s Links
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