The Instructors

Ben Falk

Ben Falk

Ben Falk is a homesteader, permaculture practitioner and teacher. Through his design firm, Whole Systems Design LLC, he has conducted nearly 200 site development consultations across New England and facilitated dozens of courses on permaculture design, property selection, microclimate design, and design for climate change. He’s the author the Resilient Farm and Homestead.

Sean Dembrosky

Sean Dembrosky

Sean Dembrosky owns and operates the Edible Acres project just north of Trumansburg NY. Formally educated in the fine arts, but focused on agriculture for the last decade, Sean has developed a farming system based on permaculture principles and forest farming.

Mark Krawczyk

Mark Krawczyk

Mark Krawczyk is a permaculture designer, traditional woodworker, natural builder and community organizer. He owns and operates Keyline Vermont – a permaculture design/consulting business, RivenWoodCrafts – a traditional woodcraft company, is a member of Seven Generations Natural Builders and is a founding member of the community group Burlington Permaculture.

Erik Kocho-Schellenberg

Erik Kocho-Schellenberg

Erik Kocho-Schellenberg has worked extensively with several indigenous communities on natural resource management and agricultural issues ranging from sustainable coffee production in Mexico to beluga whale management in the Canadian Arctic. He is a biologist and has studied and worked in diverse fields such as genetics, forest ecology, and systems biology. Erik currently works in agricultural extension on a project that is helping develop mid-scale regional production of fresh produce in the Hudson Valley of New York, and is planting a designed semi-natural forest in his free time.

Mark Angelini

Mark Angelini

Mark Angelini is a persistent autodidact, having trained alongside a number of prominent landscape and whole-systems design professionals. Aside from his passion for homesteading, food & farming, craft, green woodworking, forestry, and a good sharp tool, he sits on the board of The Apios Institute, teaches & writes about wild edible plants through Eat Here Now, and produces hand carved woodenware. He’s a co-founder of the edible landscaping firm Roots To Fruits Ecological Design.

Trevor Newman

Trevor Newman

Trevor Newman is an amateur pomologist, avid gardener & orchardist, and all-around plant geek. He owns and operates TerraNu Nursery LLC, an edible and useful plant company based in Clarkston, MI, as well an edible landscaping firm called Roots To Fruits Ecological Design. Trevor has taught in Permaculture Design Courses and given presentations to various schools, garden clubs, and community groups on topics such as homesteading, agroforestry, and uncommon fruits. He is the director of the Michigan Nut Growers Association and co-chair of the North American Fruit Explorer’s permaculture special interest group.