Ben Cohen

Small House Farm

MI Seed Library


Ben Cohen is an author, herbalist, gardener, seed saver, and educator. He’s the owner of Small House Farm and the founder of Michigan Seed Library, a community seed-sharing initiative that has worked to establish nearly 70 seed library programs. Cohen offers workshops and lectures across the country on the benefits of living closer to the land through seeds, herbs, and locally grown food, and he has published numerous works on these topics (including his most recent book, Saving Our Seeds). He serves on the boards of the International Herb Association, the Slow Food Ark of Taste Seed Bank, and the advisory council for the Community Seed Network (a multinational education and networking platform). Learn more about Cohen’s work on his website.

Ben will be speaking at the Texas and Pennsylvania Fairs.


Check It Out!

Seed Swaps and Seed Libraries: How to build sustainable communities by sharing seeds

This energetic presentation from author Ben Cohen highlights the importance of community seed-sharing programs. Learn why planting, saving, and sharing seeds is essential to the cultivation of sustainable neighborhoods and healthy communities. Discover how to organize a seed swap, establish a seed library, and cultivate healthy changes for your community, from the soil up.
Organic Gardening Nature and Community

Available In:

Texas, Saturday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Grit Stage
Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined

Seed Saving 101: How to save your garden seeds

Learn how to save heirloom seeds from your garden, and enjoy a bountiful harvest for years to come! In this fun and informative presentation, author and seed saver Ben Cohen discusses the difference between open-pollinated, hybrid, and GMO seeds as well as how to harvest, process, and store seeds from dozens of your favorite garden varieties. He also covers the details of pollination, isolation techniques, and the importance of preserving genetic diversity. This workshop includes live demonstrations of seed-saving techniques, and participants leave with a working knowledge of how to incorporate this ancient practice into their gardens at home!
Modern Homesteading Organic Gardening

Available In:

Texas, Sunday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Organic Gardening Stage
Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined
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