Ben Falk

Whole Systems Design, LLC was founded by Ben Falk, M.A.L.D., as a land-based solution to biological and cultural extinction, as well as the growing isolation between humans and natural things. Ben's integrative approach to designing landscapes and buildings is informed by his experiences as a designer, builder, ecologist, tree-tender, and wilderness explorer. In Vermont's Mad River Valley, his home landscape and the WSD studio site serve as a test bed for the unique land developments included in Whole Systems Design's projects. Ben has a master's degree in landscape design and has studied architecture and landscape architecture at the graduate level. He's taught permaculture design, microclimate design, and design for climate change at the University of Vermont and Harvard's Arnold Arboretum, among other places.

He was recently elected to the board of directors at the Yestermorrow Design-Build School, where he also occasionally teaches. The Resilient Homestead: Innovative Permaculture Systems for the Household and Farm is his first book.