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 Bioneers 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 zone 4 permaculture. Designing managed forests that are designed more for wildlife and foraging then for agricultural purposes.
Resources for today’s show…
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- Walking To Freedom
- The Granddaddy’s Gun Club
- Whole Systems Design – Ben’s Site
- The Resilient Farm and Homestead – Ben’s Book
- Whole System’s Design on Facebook
- Peace Train – 10,000 Maniacs
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