SUNY Cobleskill Welcomes Celebrated Author Ben Hewitt to Campus

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.