Ben 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 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 regenerative 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 conducted more than 300 site development consultations across the US and abroad, and has facilitated dozens of courses on property selection, permaculture design, and resilient systems.
He has given keynote addresses and presented dozens of workshops at venues ranging from Bione ers to the Omega Institute. Ben is the author of the award-winning book the Resilient Farm and Homestead (Chelsea Green, 2013).
He joins us today to discuss Winter preparations, firewood processing and storage, heating your home and domestic water with WOOD. Like why isn’t everyone doing this? We also chat about his permaculture site in year 14 – huge fruit year here despite cool rainy summer. About 20 types of fruit and another 50 varieties within that.
Resources for today’s show…
- Join the Members Brigade
- The Year 69
- Join Our Forum
- Walking To Freedom
- The Granddaddy’s Gun Club
- Bullhead Fishing Forum – A new little site I started
- Jim Steinman on For Crying Out Loud – Only listen if you can handle the truth
- For Crying Out Loud – Meatloaf
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