Ben Harder and his team at Den Hill Permaculture strive to not only provide sustainably grown traditional produce and fruit, but also to bring an unusual mix of specialty crops to Blacksburg residents. Some of the crowd favorites include, chemical free raspberries (which Ben uses to make his famous BenJammin’s Jam), baby leaf salad greens, shiitake and oyster mushrooms, wildflower and raspberry honey, tommy toe tomato varieties, purple potatoes and bell peppers, unique and tasty beans, and more!
A native of Blackburg, Ben started Den Hill Permaculture with his wife, Jackie, in 2012 as he worked on completing his degree in Environmental Horticulture and Civic Agriculture from Virginia Tech. His farm is founded on the principles of permaculture, which is a sustainable ecological design system with a philosophy of working with, rather than against, nature. Ben has taken many ideas and techniques from permaculture practices and is applying them to a farm scale. In addition to permaculture, Ben combines several farming principles into their unique business, including: biodynamic farming, intercropping and farmscaping.