Reclaiming our Resilience
Orchard Planting!
Foraging wild spring medicine and foods
Mushroom cultivation, foraging and ecology!
Hedgerows for food, fuel and fencing!
Shaping water flow for people and nature
Composting toilet systems. Yes.


5-6 PM Arrival and check in

6-7 PM Orientation

7-8:30 PM Dinner

8:30-9:30 Evening Lecture and Introduction to Workshop

9:30-10 PM Fire, Social, Sleep



7:30-8:15 Breakfast

8:30 Morning Circle/Orientation

9:00-12:00 Morning Workshop

12:00-1:15 Lunch

1:30-4:30 Afternoon Workshop

4:30-6:30 Hangout time. Mushroom walk. Fly fishing. Field games.

6:30-8 Dinner

8-9 Evening Lecture, Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture

9-10 Bonfire



7:30-8:30 Breakfast

8:30 Morning Circle/Orientation

9:00-12:00 Morning Workshop

12-1:30 Lunch

1:30-4:30 Afternoon Workshop

4:30 Closing Circle & Departure


please register by april 19th to reserve your space and lodging by sending us an email below



During this 2 day intensive, we will come together to learn how to apply permaculture principles in practical, hands-on ways to the homestead.


Through direct experience, participants will understand how to select and grow resilient plant species to meet the needs of a sustainable homestead, forage and process wild medicinals and food, cultivate mushrooms in beds and logs, manage waterflow using permaculture design principles, and create ecologically sound waste management systems. Yeah.  Humanure.


Through working, learning, and eating together on a beautiful 250 acre farm and homestead, participants of all experience levels will leave with inspiration and knowledge to inform their own projects.


Worklearning sessions will revolve around:





Course cost for Friday evening through Sunday afternoon is $450.


Workshop registration includes extraordinary meals prepared during your stay using locally sourced and sustainably grown ingredients from the Harlem Valley. And maybe some things we forage together.


We have a variety of lodging options to suit any budget type. Please reserve rooms and camping space by writing to harlemvalleyhomestead@gmail.com



Camping available in one of our large fields, with beautiful views of the farm and surrounding landscapes.



Shared Rooms:

Bunk room:

We have a bunk room set up in a semi-finished attic space with a shared bathroom.  We may have more shared rooms as the event approaches.



Double. 2 Queen or Full Beds, shared bath



Private Rooms:

King Bed, Fireplace, private bath.  View of the farm in 3 directions.



Queen Bed, shared bath.



For Groups

Farmhouse Apartment: Sleeps 7

2 bedrooms, with kitchenette and private bath, 3 queen beds + couch, people (2 to queen bed).



Milk House:

2 bedroom with kitchen and private bath, fireplace, 3 queen beds to sleep up to 6 people (2 to a queen bed)





Work trade scholarships are available for a limited number of participants. Please contact us at harlemvalleyhomestead@gmail.com for more information.

 INSTRUCTORS  Ben Falk, M.A.L.D: Design, Planning, Systems Optimization Ben developed Whole Systems Design, LLC 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. Ben has studied architecture and landscape architecture at the graduate level and holds a master’s degree in land-use planning and design. He has conducted more than 300 site development consultations across New England and facilitated dozens of courses on permaculture design, property selection, microclimate design, and design for climate change. Ben is the author of the award-winning book the Resilient Farm and Homestead (Chelsea Green, 2013). Cornelius Murphy is an ecologically minded designer, illustrator, and project manager focusing on the research and development of regenerative and ecological design principles in the areas of agriculture, community planning, education and the public realm. Over the last nine years, he has helped Whole Systems Design grow into a regional leader in ecological design, permaculture, regenerative agriculture and landscape master planning. His professional experience includes academic and corporate campus, estate, municipal master planning and public park planning and design. He holds a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, CA and a degree in Landscape Architecture from Temple University. Cornelius is the illustrator of the award-winning book the Resilient Farm and Homestead (Chelsea Green, 2013). Josh Viertel is a farmer, educator and activist. He is in the process of developing a 250 acre farm in the Harlem Valley into a center for food and farming education. Josh was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and was listed as one of the seven most powerful voices in the food movement by Forbes and Michael Pollan. From 2008-2012 Josh was president of Slow Food USA, the US branch of the global Slow Food movement. Before his work at Slow Food, Josh was a founding director of the Yale Sustainable Food Project which brought local, sustainable food to Yale University. While there, he built an organic farm on campus. Alanna Burns is an artist, writer and mushroom cultivator in New York. She works with nature's materials to help deepen awareness of the ways fungi and other organisms can nourish, heal and set you free.  SCHEDULE PLEASE JOIN US! A permaculture workshop on planting, foraging and land-based living April 28-30, 2017
HARLEM VALLEY HOMESTEAD 147 Old Forge Rd. Wingdale, NY 12594 harlemvalleyhomestead@gmail.com

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