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Reading the Landscape for Resiliency: tour & talk with Ben Falk

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Dilmun Hill Student Farm (Cornell AES)
705 Dryden Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850

Author and permaculture expert Ben Falk will lead two events at Cornell:

Interactive site tour, 4-5pm, Dilmun Hill Student Farm

Presentation, 5:30-7pm, Plant Science building room 143

Ben will use Dilmun Hill Student Farm as a site for exploring small-scale permaculture, discussing improvements that can be made to traditional agricultural operations and backyard gardens to make them more resilient to flood, drought, pests and other stresses. Topics of discussion will include water catchment and reuse, site analysis and site-specific plantings, earthworks and optimizing overall site layout. At 5:30pm he will give a presentation at the Plant Science building about his work at Whole Systems Design (WSD) in Vermont, showcasing the design and development of human habitats that are adaptive, resilient, and more secure in a future of peak oil and climate instability.

Ben developed WSD 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 serve as a proving ground for the innovative land developments featured in the projects of WSD. Ben has studied architecture and landscape architecture at the graduate level and holds a master’s degree in arts in landscape 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 recently served on the board of directors at the Yestermorrow Design-Build School, where he also teaches from time to time.

Ben Falk's new book, The Resilient Farm and Homestead, details leading-edge strategies for regenerating soil, water systems and human health through the design and operations of the homeastead and farm. It will be available for purchase at the event.

See Ben Falk's TED Talk

This event is free and open to the public. 

Sponsored by Dilmun Hill Student Farm, Cornell Garden-Based Learning, CU Collaborate and the Toward Sustainability Foundation.

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Whole Systems Design, LLC

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