Ben Falk of Whole Systems Design Talks About Modern Day Homesteading

Permaculture, homesteading, cold climate, and compost-powered heating in the Vermont hills from Olivier Asselin on Vimeo.

Ben Falk, M.A.L.D: Design, Planning, Systems Optimization
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.

Nora Young of CBC Radio: Spark talks with Ben Falk the founder of Whole Systems Design.

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  • BuzzCoastin

    there are a couple of longer Ben Falk vids on YT
    with some pretty good examples & discussion
    about sustainable horticulture

    • echar

      I will surely look them up. Thanks for the heads up.

      • BuzzCoastin

        oops, wrong comment
        Falk’s insights are very well described in his longer videos
        but they’re pretty general & aimed at colder zone growing
        the people he drived his insights from are:
        Fukuoka, Mollison, Holmgren, Holzer, Lawton, Hemenway

        • echar

          Awesome… thanks for the references.

  • Conspiracy Carrot

    I can’t afford to homestead, but I can afford to homeless. Maybe when I’m on the street I’ll plant some gardens out in the woods, catch me some fish & hunt rabbits.

    • echar

      That works, but don’t get caught squatting. Unless you are in a place where it’s legal.

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