Ben Falk
Ben Falk, M.A.L.D.

Ben Falk, M.A.L.D., will present an eye-opening image-filled tour of powerful local solutions to global challenges. Drawing on strategies developed at the Whole Systems Research Farm in Moretown, VT, Falk will highlight systems employed at the farm that radically decrease vulnerability to acute weather events, oil price spikes, power grid failure and other systemic challenges - all of which will become increasingly frequent as we settle into the 21st Century.

Says Falk, "Human influence is only one factor in Earth's climate stability.  Accurately engaging the issue of 'global climate change' requires an understanding that the Earth's climate has never done anything but change. With this in mind we move forward knowing that if the human project is to be successful on planet Earth, it will be highly adaptive in the face of change."

Using his forthcoming book as a backdrop, Falk will overview strategies for developing biologically adaptive, intentional ecosystems and climate-buffering landscapes in which humans can build homes, produce food, and live well, in a future of greater adversity.

Falk developed Whole Systems Design, LLC and the Whole Systems Research Farm as a land-based response to biological and cultural extinction and the increasing separation between people and elemental things. 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.

Falk's educational organization, Whole Systems Skills, offers re-skilling trainings on topics ranging from scything to wood water heating to site master planning for new or existing landowners.  For more information visit:

View the video of the event, Homestead Resiliency.


Venue: The Big Picture, 7 p.m. start. This is a free event and open to the public.