Ben Cohen

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Overview

2603 W. Olson Rd Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48657

Ben Cohen is an author, poet, herbalist, gardener, seed saver and wanderer. He offers workshops and lectures across the country on the benefits of living closer to the land through seeds, herbs and locally grown food.

w: http://www.smallhousefarm.com

e: SmallHousefarm@gmail.com

Description

“If the idea of saving seeds sounds boring, Ben Cohen will surprise you with a remarkably entertaining talk.” - Dennis R.

 

"One of the funniest, smartest and most interesting people I've ever had the privilege of learning from." - Lisa S.

 

Ben Cohen is an author, poet, herbalist, gardener, seed saver and wanderer. He lives and works at Small House Farm with his wife, Heather, and two sons, Elijah and Anakin, on their family homestead in Sanford, Michigan.

The Cohen family grows seed crops, herbs and flowers and also keeps a small flock of laying hens. Ben is also the founder of Michigan Seed Library, a community seed sharing initiative that has worked closely with a number of communities to help establish seed library programs across his home state and beyond.

He spends his time outside of his gardens offering workshops and lectures across the country on the benefits of living closer to the land through seeds, herbs and locally grown food.

Topics

Building a Sustainable Seed Community

Seed Saving 101

Seed to Seed: Closing the Gap in Sustainable Farming

Healthy Living Through Herbs

Wildcrafted Herbs and Cold Pressed OIls; How Local Ingredients are a Recipe for Success

Seeds as Stories

Urban Foraging

Winter Wellness with Herbs

The Seeds and Stories of our Heirloom Tomatoes

The Art of Herbal Tea

..and many more!

Locations

Located in Michigan, but frequently travel. Please consider contacting me at least a few months in advance of your event.

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Audience Reviews

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The Gift of Herbs plus Saving and Sharing Seeds

Richard Thomas from Grosse Pointe, MI - 11/30/2018 08:46:13

Time, like a lovely magician's assistant, disappears when listening to Ben's tales of seeds and the people that saved them. The charm of reaching back and forth through time to people and often undiscovered histories that connect folk who are collecting seed is not just engaging but infectious and lures out the Jack in the beanstalk hopes in all of us. Ben also unveiled the great herbal power and surprising nutrition in common forbs that live by our side but go unnoticed or discarded by most of us. These are tremendous gifts that were once common knowledge. We have forgotten so much in our lives severed from our food sources. Ben gave 2 talks to our organization in one afternoon and left us all wanting more.
As a guest he is low maintenance, flexible, generous, easy to be around, engaging. If you are regularly bringing speakers to your group you know just how much those qualities are appreciated.

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knowledgeable and fun

Joyce Pinson from Ky - 10/05/2018 10:54:56

Ben,s enthusiasm is contagious! His abiliity to connect and engage all types of audiences makes him a crowd favorite

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If you weren’t saving seeds before.. you will now!

Shelley Katz from OR - 10/02/2018 22:13:29

I saw Ben speak at the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed festival this past September. I have known that I should be saving seeds for awhile now but it didn’t really register with me how important it is until Ben’s talk. Using seed saving as an ability to strengthen varieties based on local conditions is something that Ben taught us that day and I’ll never forget it!!