Let's Grow.

  • Consultations
    Personalized attention to your specific needs and challenges.
  • Workshops and Speaking Engagements
    Learn about timely topics of permaculture, water conservation, edibles, soils, urban planning, ecologic design, math, somatics and more.
  • Classes
    Immerse yourself in one of my classes at Cuyamaca College or catch me speaking around town at garden clubs, seminars and other workshops.
  • Nursery
    I've downsized my nursery and mainly focus on grafting custom trees for clients at their homes.  I still have a few trees available such as Cherimoyas, Apples, White Sapotes, and more.
  • Social Media
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  • Grow Your Own

    Do more. Interact. Mmmm.

    Healthy, delicious, functional, and beautiful. Growing your own is fun, educational, and quite possibly the best thing we can do to solve the world's problems. [Read more...]

  • Grateful for the Legends

    Giving thanks...

    Southern California has some legendary fruity folks, and rare varieties. I work to preserve the varieties and knowledge of our elders. [Read more...]

  • Giving Back

    Moving Forward

    We've worked together with community partners to grow the next generation of engaged citizens through environmental education. Through partnerships, we've helped donate over 600 trees and offered over $25,000 in horticulture scholarships. [Read more...]

Why Ben Kotnik?

Ben is a regional leader in soils, fruit trees, permaculture, propagation, and ecologic design.  Ben has worked with thousands of clients throughout California to help design sustainable spaces that are low on maintenance and high on function and beauty!  Got a problem?  Ben has likely dealt with it before and will take the time to understand your concerns and make suggestions that fit your context.  Online gardening groups tend to ignore context and give generic suggestions that are almost always incomplete.  Ben understand nature and the importance of context.

Additional Services

Ben has offered workshops sponsored by the Department of Fish and Wildlife for large property owners to help manage soil erosion, water catchment, select appropriate plants, and sequester carbon in soil and biomass.  Additionally, Ben has worked with the California State Parks to preserve the 100+ year old apple trees on Palomar Mountain.  If you are in need of an agriculture or ecology consultant, Ben may be a good fit for your needs.

Specializing in:

  • Permaculture
    Working with Nature.
  • Fruit Trees
    Rare and unusual  heirloom varieties, and custom trees.
  • Soils
    Plants do not outperform the soil they're in!