Schedule Bevin to speak at your conference or event

Bevin (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. Bevin 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.  In July of 2018, Ben published his first book,  From Our Seeds & Their Keepers: A Collection of Stories which is available here.

Booking Inquiries – Contact Bevin at (989) 708-0549 or Email

“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.

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Where we have been..
Seed Library Openings and Workshops at 50+ Michigan Public and Private Libraries

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

Educator for the Urban Farming Program at Delta College

Dozens of Garden Clubs, Herb Groups, Seminars and Conferences

Ben has been a presenter at a number of notable events including;

Central Michigan Seed Swap 2015,2016,2017

Michigan Library Association Conference 2016

Seed Brown County Annual Seed Swap, IN 2016, 2017, 2018

UNC Annual Seed Swap w/ Vandana Shiva, NC 2017

Appalachian Seed Swap, Pikeville KY 2017.2018

Appleton Seed Library, Appleton, WI 2017

Great Lakes Herb Faire 2017

Detroit Public School Teacher Training 2017, 2018

Ohio Valley Seed Swap 2017

Neighborhood Garden Coalition, MI 2017

Saginaw County Master Gardeners 2017

Midland Center for the Arts, MI 2017

Earthworks Skill Swap, MI 2017

Midland County Master Gardeners, MI 2017

International Herb Association Conference 2017,2018

Baltimore County Master Gardeners, MD 2017

Hamilton County Master Gardeners, IN 2017

Food and Growers Association Conference, IN 2017

National Heirloom Expo, CA 2018

Northwood University, MI 2018


Wayne County Master Gardeners, MI 2018

Women’s Farm and Garden Association, MI 2018

Traverse City Botanical Garden, 2018

Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference 2018, 2019

Indiana Small Farm Conference 2018

Sacred Seed Symposium, MI 2018

Michigan Rural Library Conference, 2018

Heartwood Herb Gathering, Ontario 2018

Pierceton Tomato Festival, IN 2018

Michigan Master Gardener College 2018

Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network, P.E.I. 2018

Rootskills Conference Boston, MA 2018

Warrick County Conservation Annual Seminar, IN 2018

Michigan Family Farm Conference 2019

Organic Association of Kentucky Conference 2019

Michigan Herb Conference 2019

Genesee County Master Gardeners 2019