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Episode-1313- Ben Falk on Cold Climate Living

The Resilient Farm and Homestead by Ben Falk

The Resilient Farm and Homestead by Ben Falk

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 nearly 200 site development consultations across New England and facilitated dozens of courses on permaculture design, property selection, microclimate design, and design for climate change. For more, see Ben’s recent TEDx talk.

Today Ben Joins Jack Cold weather home building and design:

  •  Heating a home on few cords or less, including hot water
  • Making a home that is fully functional when the grid is down
  • Buidling-site integration to optimize  a permaculture home
  • Wood processing and burning, effectively and efficiently
  • The many myths around drying and heating with wood
  • How important is passive solar depending on climate type
  • What are the most important features of Ben’s home
  • Gravity fed water sources if you don’t have a high spring or pond
  • The most common mistakes made when heating with wood
  • The biggest lessons Ben’s learned learned living for 10 years in USDA zone 4

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Episode-1195- Ben Falk on The Resilient Farm and Homestead

Ben Falk of WholeSystemsDesign.com

Ben Falk of WholeSystemsDesign.com

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 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 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 nearly 200 site development consultations across New England and facilitated dozens of courses on permaculture design, property selection, microclimate design, and design for climate change.

Today he joins us to discuss his new book “The Resilient Farm and Homestead” along with subjects like  wood heat, property evaluation, integrating grazing animals with perennials, permaculture design course, drought and flood proofing, cold climate strategies, ponds and swales.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-964- Ben Falk of Whole Systems Design

Ben Falk of WholeSystemsDesign.com

Ben Falk of WholeSystemsDesign.com

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 developing a permaculture homestead and creating a permaculture design business.

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Episode-771- Ben Falk on Growing Rice in Cold Climates with Permaculture

Ben Falk of WholeSystemsDesign.com

Ben Falk of WholeSystemsDesign.com

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

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