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Erica Koch, N.D, M.Ed

Erica is a Naturopathic Doctor, educator, and gardener. She earned her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from National College of Natural Medicine and a Master’s degree in Education from Rutgers University. She has practiced and taught in diverse settings including Nike, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and Integrative Health. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience about plant medicine, nutrition, and mind-body medicine.

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Ben Falk, M.A.L.D:

Ben developed Whole Systems Design, LLC as a land-based response to biological and cultural extinction and the increasing separation between people and elemental things. Life as a designer, builder, ecologist, tree-tender, and backcountry traveler continually informs Ben’s integrative approach to developing landscapes and buildings. His home landscape and the WSD studio site in Vermont’s Mad River Valley serve as a proving ground for the regenerative land developments featured in the projects of Whole Systems Design. Ben holds a Master’s degree in land-use planning and design. He has conducted over 200 site development consultations across New England and facilitated courses on permaculture design, property selection, microclimate design, and design for climate change.

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Board of Directors:

  • Erica Koch, Co-director/President
  • Cornelius Murphy, Vice President
  • Ben Falk, Co-director/Secretary