SUNY Cobleskill welcomes Ben Hewitt, lecturer in the 2015 Spring Speaker Series. Ben, who over the past seventeen years has transformed an over-grazed pasture and neglected woodlot into a thriving landscape with biologically active soils, will speak at the College on April 28 at 12:30 p.m. in Bouck Hall Theater. His presentation, “Practiculture for a Healthy Planet” is open to the public and free of admission.

Utilizing a combination of permaculture design, wild crafting, and small-scale regenerative agriculture they call “practiculture,” the Hewitt family raises forages more than 90% of their calories, with a focus on pastured meats, healthy fats, and fermented vegetables.

The Hewitts consult frequently on homestead-scale production and processing of nutrient dense foods, as well as homestead planning, design and implementation. They also run Lazy Mill Living Arts, which offers workshops in a wide variety of traditional land skills. Ben is the author of four books, including “The Town That Food Saved” and “Home Grown.” He blogs at

​The Spring 2015 Speaker Series provides presents an opportunity to learn about environmental issues and consider solutions that are long-term rather than “quick fixes.” This event is a collaborative effort among the School of Business and Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Office of the Provost, and the 7th Generation.