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Esalen Farm and Garden – Growing Through the Seasons

Benjamin Fahrer

It is so important in these times to work in collaboration and inspire each other. I have been so blessed to work with many of you through the Permaculture, Bioneers and Slow Food networks.

Over the last few years I have been able to dive deeply into the relationship connection from the field to table and table to field by participating in some amazing gatherings and courses. Terra Madre in 2006 and 2008, presenting at conferences and institutes, travelling to Africa for the International Permaculture Convergence and teaching design courses and workshops in Permaculture and healthy food systems.

In 2009 as Farm Supervisor at The Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, I was able to teach and farm in a way that was incredibly fun, demanding and rewarding. Throughout the year I took up a camera and tried to capture some of the magic. The result is this three part film that I recently uploaded to YouTube. If you get some moments and let it download in HD, it is fun to see what you have helped me accomplish, I really could not do all this without the invaluable support of my family, cohorts and friends like you. I truly am grateful and honoured to be supported and connected with so many revolutionaries.

Feel free to forward this film on to any you might think would enjoy.

Part I

Part II

Part III


  1. Awesome work Ben!!!

    For those of you that don’t know Ben’s work he is an amazing Permaculture teacher and farmer here in coastal California. He is a real pioneer of creative Permaculture organizing like the Permaculture First Responder course and the Permaculture Teachers Training now offered at Esalen.

    Keep up the great work Ben!

    Love ya, Erik

  2. great work. very beautiful place. looks very productive.compost system looks like it needs some work. bit slapdash. why do you reapeatedly till the land? constructive criticism only my friend.
    good to see more people documenting what they doing.
    all the best.

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