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Benjamin Fahrer
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Kensington, California, United States
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My Projects

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Urban Rooftop renewal

Urban Rooftop renewal

Oakland, US

Darren J.  Doherty Ethan Roland Geoff Lawton Joanna Pearsall Narsanna Koppula Penny Livingston Stark
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About Benjamin Fahrer

I am a ecological builder, designer, educator, land consultant and farmer. For the last 20 years I have been turning inspiration into action and working to help restore and build mutually beneficial relationships in culture and the natural world. The issues we face as a culture are huge and yet the solutions are available to us to implement. I have worked with a wide diversity of organizations, institutes, clients and non-profits in creating models of alternative ways to produce food and live together. In building ecological landscapes and advocating for responsible land stewardship it is imperative to also address the social structures they support in order for these new systems to work. This relationship between the built environment and the social is at the forefront of my current investigation and inquiry.

In addressing sustenance and perennial polycultural food production, I have travelled and worked internationally in 7 different countries learning from cultures in which innovative designs are constantly being created. I was mentored by Brock Dolman at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center from 2002-2007 and have studied with David Holmgren, Penny Livingston, Darren Doherty and Geoff Lawton. I received my TAGARI teachers registration from Bill Mollison in 2007 and offer courses and trainings in permaculture design, ecological farming and seed saving as well as water management and development.

I have been a delegate of international gatherings such as SLOW Foods' Terra Madre in 2006 an 2008, as well as the International Permaculture Convergence 9 in Malawi Africa. These meetings along with regional convergences and conferences Bioneers (since 1997) and Eco-farm have educated me extensively to the issues and solutions we face as a culture.

Currently I am running a for profit urban farming company Top Leaf Farms that is designing,building and operating rooftop farms in the San Francisco Bay area. We have 12,000 sf in production and another 1.5 acres in design. I am also helping developers and urban dwellers build and retrofit landscapes in order to produce food and grow a urban food forest.

This is a world that has an equality for all living things and does not commidify or capitalize at the expense of others.


Cornerstone Farms

Cornerstone Farms is a farming project with a vision of restoring social and ecological health through regenerative agriculture.

Posted over 8 years ago (0 comments)

Insights and Observations. Seed Saving and Sharing

I have been on the road for the last 3 months traveling with a band of musicians, sharing seeds and ideas as we have now crossed 19 borders and played 48 shows in 9 different countries. Insights now becoming writings.

Posted almost 9 years ago (0 comments)

Esalen Permaculture Design Course

A two Month Resident Program in Central California at the Esalen Institute which celebrates it's 50th year in 2012 and is considered the birthplace of the modern human potential movement

Posted almost 10 years ago (0 comments)

Convergences,350 and Permaculture Teacher Training;A brief from the field

Great activities abound this spring in California. Including A seven day training at the Esalen Institute with Kat Steele and my self Benjamin Fahrer

Posted over 10 years ago (0 comments)

USA Permaculture Guild Network

This is a listing e of all the amazing permaculture guilds throughout the United States. As we grow this resource we aim to build a stronger webs linking this incredible community.

Posted over 10 years ago (4 comments)

2011 Convergences in the USA and Beyond

Trying to compile a list of convergences. If you have any additionas plese contact me. Most are in the US and the IPC10. I know there are many more, be great to see how many of us are gathering!

Posted over 10 years ago (0 comments)

PDC Courses off to good start in 2011

Brief personal report on month long course in Costa Rica and 13 day course in Northern California.

Posted over 10 years ago (0 comments)
My Badges
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My Permaculture Qualifications
PDC course
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Verifying teacher: Brock Dolman
Other Teachers: Penny Livingston Stark, Adam Wolpert, Dave Henson, Christopher Peck, Melissa Nelson, Doug Gosling
Location: Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, California
Date: Sep 1999
Other course verified
Permaculture Teacher's Training
Type: Teacher Training
Verifying teacher: Christopher Peck
Other Teachers: Michael Kramer
Location: La'akea Gardens, Hawaii
Date: Feb 2003
Other course verified
Advanced Permaculture Training
Type: Permaculture Diploma
Verifying teacher: Geoff Lawton
Other Teachers: Nadia Lawton
Location: RDI, Bolinas, Ca
Date: Jul 2008
Other course unverified
Principles and Pathways
Type: Other
Verifying teacher: David Holmgren
Other Teachers: Penny Livingston
Location: RDI, Bolinas, Ca
Date: Jul 2006
5 PDC Graduates (list)
2 PRI PDC Graduates (list)
2 Other Course Graduates (list)
have acknowledged being taught by Benjamin Fahrer
22 have not yet been verified (list)
Climate Zones
Benjamin Fahrer has permaculture experience in:
Cold Temperate
Cool Temperate
Warm Temperate
Sub tropical
Wet Tropical

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