Ben Falk

Lecture on Permaculture Part of Hartwick Campus Theme

October 17, 2013

Ben Falk, permaculture site designer and author of The Resilient Farm and Homestead (Chelsea Green 2013), will visit Hartwick College to deliver a lecture on Thursday, October 24, at 7 p.m. The event, which will be held in the Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre on the College campus, is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

During his lecture, Falk will speak about the philosophy behind permaculture and the projects he is conducting on his modern homestead research farm. The site is a terraced hillside in Vermont that would otherwise be overlooked by conventional farmers as unworthy farmland. Falk's wide array of fruit trees, rice paddies, nuts, ducks and earth-inspired buildings are a hopeful image for the future of regenerative agriculture and modern homesteading.

Ben Falk, M.A.L.D., 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 Falk's integrative approach to developing landscapes and buildings. His home landscape and 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. Falk has studied architecture and landscape architecture at the graduate level and holds a Master of Arts in Landscape Design. He has taught design courses at the University of Vermont and Harvard's Arnold Arboretum, as well as courses on permaculture design, microclimate design, and design for climate change. Falk recently served on the board of directors at the Yestermorrow Design-Build School, where he also teaches from time to time.

This lecture is being hosted by the 2013-2014 Campus Theme, "Exploration." For additional information, please contact Dr. Kim Noling, Dean of Academic Affairs and chair of the 2013-2014 Campus Theme, at 607-431-4409, or at

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Contact: Valerie Capullo
Phone: 607-431-4031