Healing the Land - Ben Falk #104


Ben Falk joins us to discuss permaculture and the art of regenerating landscapes. Ben is an author and the founder of Whole Systems Design, LLC, a land-based response to biological and cultural extinction and the increasing separation between people and elemental things. He shares about his experiences using permaculture to create edible landscapes and set ecosystems in motion. Ben, a former eco-warrior, has turned his passion for our earth into a beautiful dedication to healing the trauma of the land.

Episode Breakdown:

  • Daniel answer your questions on the role of dance in ReWilding and addresses your questions and comments on bear hunting
  • How Ben got into permaculture
  • Ben’s journey from eco-warrior to regenerating landscapes
  • What is permaculture?
  • Using permaculture to create habitat for other species
  • Regenerating the landscape
  • Setting ecosystems in motion
  • Intentional design vs surprise in permaculture
  • The intuitive nature of permaculture
  • Healing the trauma of the land
  • Getting started with permaculture
  • The radical backcountry farmer
  • Harnessing cross-fit energy
  • Getting involved with Ben
  • Ben’s prognosis for the future of the human species 
 
 

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Meet Ben

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 300 site development consultations across New England and facilitated dozens of courses on permaculture design, property selection, microclimate design, and design for climate change. Ben is the author of the award-winning book the Resilient Farm and Homestead (Chelsea Green, 2013).