Visiting Whole Systems Research Farm
We no longer offer regular tours but do arrange custom tours from time to time. Please do not visit either site randomly - that doesn't go over well.
To share the challenges, results, and joy in intentional ecosystem development we offer a variety of Mad River Valley farm-based experiences. (See below for more). We encourage groups visiting the farm and can usually work out some arrangement that works for varied budgets from paying for the time to work-trades for those with more strength and skills than cash. Single person visits are impractical for us to accommodate but are possible if one has something to share experience wise. Please do not be offended if you do not hear back from us about tours - we are busy with other commitments and tours are not our focus.
Informational Walking Tour
April to October
Walking tour of the ponds, rice paddies, swales, perennial hedges, orchard, edible landscape, buildings, gardens, mushroom plots, woodlot, fuelwood hedges, and other systems at the Deans Mountain site.
Time: 1.5 hours
Participation: 4 person minimum.
Fee: $40/person or $200 minimum. Flexible for community members, non-profit organizations, and educational programs. No one is turned down due to cost, see more below - volunteer-work-trade oppotunities exist.
Please contact us to arrange a tour of WSD’s proving ground and farm in Vermont's Mad River Valley.
"Thank you so much for the tour of Whole Systems Design yesterday. You have beautiful examples of how systems are integrated, loops are closed, and the landscape is regenerative. The students really enjoyed your tour and were commenting on how interesting they found it; I could tell they were looking at things from new perspectives." ~Marlys Edddy, Horticulture Professor at Vermont Technical College
"Thanks for the tremendously inspiring visit and tour. It was stunning to see your place and the work you've done. Everybody came home really jazzed. I was really blown away by the effect of earthworks and rotational grazing on your bedrock hillside, holy cow. Very reassuring to see put into practice some of what I've been reading about and see it work so dramatically." ~Susanne Hale, Professor of Plant & Soil Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst
"I wanted to thank you again for your outstanding presentation to the Mountain Gardeners last week. The scope of your knowledge is remarkable and we all left with our heads swimming with new ideas, a sure sign of a successful afternoon"
~Liz Weller, Community Organizer