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Rice Growing in Cold Climates: From Paddy Construction to Plant Cultivation and Processing

July 8, 2012 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Rice Growing in Cold Climates:
From Paddy Construction to Plant Cultivation & Processing

Sunday July 8, 2012
8am – 2pm      with Ben Falk

Brown rice is emerging as a potential game changer for grain production in the northeast. Learn why and how rice feeds more people than any other crop on the planet; why it can be grown sustainably on the same ground for millennia; and how you can grow it in the northeast. Join permaculture designer, Ben Falk as he guides us through a day covering all aspects of growing the world’s most abundant staple crop in cold climates. Ben will share what he’s learned in 4 years of rice production in the mountains of Vermont through the terraced hillside paddies at his research farm. Topics range from site location, water source ID and management, paddy construction, fertilization and irrigation (fertigation), seed sourcing and selection, germination, rearing seedlings, planting, maintenance, harvesting and processing.

We will build a rice paddy during the day, so come prepared to get dirty and work vigorously!

Ben Falk developed Whole Systems Design, LLC as a land-based response to biological and cultural extinction and the increasing separation between people and elemental things. His home landscape and the WSD studio site in Vermont’s Mad River Valley serve as a proving ground for his innovative land development projects. 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 taught design courses at the University of Vermont and Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum as well as on permaculture design, microclimate design, and design for climate change.


Workshop will begin at 8 AM, Sunday July 8

$40 early registration by June 15, $50 thereafter

Lunch included

Contact Kevin Kraft at Lifebridge Foundation     845-658-3439


July 8, 2012
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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