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Ben Cohen is an author, poet, herbalist, gardener, seed saver and wanderer. He lives and works at Small House Farm with his wife, Heather, and two sons, Elijah and Anakin, on their family homestead in Sanford, Michigan.

The Cohen family grows seed crops, herbs and flowers and also keeps a small flock of laying hens. Ben is also the founder of Michigan Seed Library, a community seed sharing initiative that has worked closely with a number of communities to help establish seed library programs across his home state and beyond.

He spends his time outside of his gardens offering workshops and lectures across the country on the benefits of living closer to the land through seeds, herbs and locally grown food.  Ben wrote his first book,  From Our Seeds & Their Keepers: A Collection of Stories.

“If the idea of saving seeds sounds boring, Ben Cohen will surprise you with a remarkably entertaining talk.”

Dennis R.

“One of the funniest, smartest and most interesting people I’ve ever had the privilege of learning from.”

Lisa S.

Where we have been..

Seed Library Openings and Teachings at 15+ Michigan Public and Private Libraries

Seed Saving presentations at Midland Valley Herb Society and Wild-Ones

In-State and Out-of-State Master Gardeners Association Groups

Teacher for the Urban Farming Program at Delta College

Seed Library’s at Lakeland Library Co-op

Presentor at:

  • Michigan Library Association Conference 2016
  • Central Michigan Seed Swap 2015,2016,2017
  • Appalachian Seed Swap, Pikeville KY 2017
  • Seed Swaps in OH, KY and WI
  • Great Lakes Herb Faire 2017
  • International Herb Association Conference 2017





Seed Library Inititive

Michigan Seed Libraries