Ben Farmer

ASLA, AICP, PLA

Principal | Managing Partner

Ben Farmer lives with his wife Stacy, and their three children in Pikeville, Tennessee. When not focused on the firm’s daily activities Ben enjoys hiking, farming, and traveling throughout the U.S. and abroad.  Ben loves to visit urban and rural landscapes alike and works personally and professionally to observe and analyze how we occupy our landscapes and distribute the resources within them.  

Ben works within Tennessee and the rural communities in the southeast. He believes that neighborhoods are the key building block for sustainable urban design and rural towns are great exemplifier of how to occupy, connect and engage in our civic process.  These examples are easily applied on a neighborhood scale to urban areas one neighborhood at a time.

Background

Education & Training

Professional Activities

Relevant Work

Ben Farmer

Background

As Managing Partner of Farmer | Morgan, LLC, Benjamin Farmer provides expertise in urban design and business district redevelopment with a sound understanding in governmental financing and project funding. Ben is trained as a landscape architect at the College of Architecture, Design and Construction at Auburn University. He has undergraduate degrees from the College of Agriculture and the College of Architecture, Design and Construction and a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Master of Community Planning from Auburn University. He is licensed as a General Contractor and practices planning, design and construction management for clients of F | M.

Prior to directing project development at F | M, Ben was the Director of Community Planning for the Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments. As Director, Ben oversaw planning assistance to thirty-three municipalities and five county governments in Northwest Alabama. His department worked extensively on sustainable economic development strategies, land use planning, and stakeholder involvement.

Education & Training

Education:

Master of Community Planning. College of Architecture, Design and Construction of Auburn University, 2003

Master of Landscape Architecture. College of Architecture, Design and Construction of Auburn University, 2002

Bachelor of Science in Horticulture. College of Agriculture of Auburn University, 2002

Bachelor of Science of Environmental Design. College of Architecture, Design and Construction of Auburn University, 2002

Field Studies:

High Plains Drifters, Field Studies of the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument of Utah, 2003

Beijing Forestry University, China, Spring 2001

European Cultures, Spring 1999

Ecology of the Canadian Shield, Fall 1998

Professional Activities

Affiliations:

City of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Low Impact Development Design Challenge, Second Place for the Cherokee Boulevard Design Category (2014)

State of Alabama, Trail Design Award for Most Outstanding Trail System, Rock Bridge Canyon Equestrian Trail (2014)

Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Clean Air Excellence Award: To the City of Ducktown for the Ducktown 28 Photovoltaic Solar Array  in the Community Action category (2014)

Tennessee Municipal League, State Wide Green Leadership Award for the Ducktown 28KW Photovoltaic System Project Process and Implementation (2012)

Tennessee Municipal League, Best Planning Document, Pikeville, Tennessee Downtown Redevelopment Plan (2010)

Recipient of the College of Architecture, Design & Construction, Outstanding Graduate Student in Community Planning (2003)

Alabama City County Managers Association Summer Scholarship in Community Planning & Local Government Management (2003)

Certifications:

TDEC, TN Erosion & Sediment Control, Level I

TDEC, TN Erosion & Sediment Control, Level II

TDOT - Concrete Field Certified Technician

TDOT - Soils & Aggregate Certified Technician

TDOT - Asphalt Roadway Certification

TDOT - Preconstruction and Construction Procedures - Local Government Guidelines

10-Hour Occupational Safety and Health Construction Course

Presentations:

Presenter (2010): Tennessee American Planning Association (TAPA) Winter Conference on Sustainable Economic Development through Revitalization of Rural Business Districts.

Presenter (2011): Brownfield Redevelopment for Community Revitalization Conference, City of Florence, AL / EPA

Guest Presenter (2011): Auburn University, Master of Landscape Architecture, Professional Practice Course – Professional Risk & Liability in Construction Administration and Practice

Presenter (2012): Alabama Trails Conference, Destination Equestrian Park – The Story of Rock Bridge Canyon & Sustainable Economic Development  

Guest Speaker (2013): Sewanee University – University of the South, Land Use Policy Course – Regional Land Use Policy on the South Cumberland Plateau

Presenter (2013): Tennessee Renewable Energy & Economic Development Council, East Tennessee Forum – Ducktown Sustainable Economic Development and the 28KW Process

Presenter (2013): Your Town Webinar, The Story of Rock Bridge Canyon & Sustainable Economic Development

Presenter (2013): Tennessee American Planning Association (TAPA) Fall Conference - Sustainable Economic Development Through Asset Based Design & Planning

Presenter (2014): Alabama American Planning Association, Spring Professional Development Workshop, Sustainable Economic Development through Leveraging of Local Environmental, Social and Historical Assets

Presenter (2014): Alabama Trails Conference, Adventure Tourism as an Economic Driver – Man’s Life in Sickness and in Health is Bound up In the Forces of Nature and that Nature Must be Treated as an Ally.

Awards:

City of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Low Impact Development Design Challenge, Second Place for the Cherokee Boulevard Design Category (2014)

State of Alabama, Trail Design Award for Most Outstanding Trail System, Rock Bridge Canyon Equestrian Trail (2014)

Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Clean Air Excellence Award: To the City of Ducktown for the Ducktown 28 Photovoltaic Solar Array  in the Community Action category (2014)

Tennessee Municipal League, State Wide Green Leadership Award for the Ducktown 28KW Photovoltaic System Project Process and Implementation (2012)

Tennessee Municipal League, Best Planning Document, Pikeville, Tennessee Downtown Redevelopment Plan (2010)

Recipient of the College of Architecture, Design & Construction, Outstanding Graduate Student in Community Planning (2003)

Alabama City County Managers Association Summer Scholarship in Community Planning & Local Government Management (2003)

Experience:

Farmer | Morgan, LLC Urban Planning, Design, Construction Management, Present

Northwest Alabama Council of Local Government Director of Community Planning, Muscle Shoals, AL, May 2004 - June 2007

Center for Architecture and Urban Studies (CAUS) Landscape Architecture and Design

Consultant, Birmingham, AL, January - May 2004

East 40 Degrees Architecture and Planning Publications Specialist, Auburn, AL, Fall 2003 - June 2004

Auburn University Graduate Teaching Assistant, Auburn, AL, 2002 - 2003

Auburn University Graduate Research Assistant, Auburn, AL, 2001 – 2002

Relevant Work

Planning & Project Development:

Middlesboro Trace District Area-Wide Plan – Middlesboro, KY (2018)

Van Buren County Parks and Recreation Master Plan – Van Buren County, TN (2017)

Sequatchie-Bledsoe Tourism Asset Development Plan – Dunlap, TN (2017)

Valley Fest Recreation Master Plan – Dunlap, TN (2017)

Highway 182 Corridor Redevelopment Plan - Starkville, MS (2016)

Reelfoot Packing Plant Redevelopment Plan - Union City, TN (2016)

Lauderdale County Hazard Mitigation Plan – Florence, AL (2015)

Lawrence County Hazard Mitigation Plan – Moulton, AL (2015)

Putnam County Habitat for Humanity, West End Neighborhood Master Plan – Cookeville, TN (2014)

Doe Mountain Recreation Area, Management Plan - Johnson County, TN (2014)

Cumberland Historic Byway Corridor Management Plan - Cumberland Plateau, TN (2013)

City of Saltillo Brownfield Redevelopment Plan – Saltillo, TN (2013) 

Rock Bridge Canyon Equestrian Park, Business Plan – Hodges, AL (2012)

Southern Gulf Off Road Park, Business Plan – Coalmont, TN (2012)

Hodges Equestrian Trails Feasibility Study – Hodges, AL (2012)

Hodges Economic Development Study – Hodges, AL (2011)

Monteagle 20/20 – A Corridor Master Plan – Monteagle, TN (2010)

Pikeville Downtown Redevelopment Plan – Pikeville, TN (2010)

Dunlap Greenway Master Plan – Dunlap, TN (2010)

Lauderdale County Hazard Mitigation Plan – Florence, AL (2010)

Warren Branch Urban Stream Restoration Plan – Town Creek, AL (2010)

Alabama Association of Regional Councils (AARC) Illustrative Mapping & Economic Development Strategies Huntsville, AL (2010)

Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDEC) Water Line Easement Project – Bledsoe County, TN (2010)

Hackleburg Recovery Plan – Hackleburg, AL (2011)

City of Ducktown 200KW Photovoltaic Project Development – Ducktown, TN (2012)

Tracy City Trail Head – Tracy City, TN (2010)

Northwest Alabama Asset Based Economic Development Strategy – NACOLG (2011)

Alabama Consolidated Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the State of Alabama – Alabama Association of Regional Councils (AARC) (2010)

Waste Water Treatment and Water Filtration Plans - Guin, Rogersville, Vina and Littleville, AL (2010)

Rhea Springs Master Plan – Rhea County, TN (2012)

Design:

City of Dunlap Multimodal Connector – Dunlap, TN (2018)

City of Dunlap Streetscape Project, Phase II – Dunlap, TN (2018)

City of Dunlap, Harris Park Renovations, Phase II – Dunlap, TN (2017)

Hartman Circle Culvert Replacement – Dunlap, TN (2018)

Wagner Street Sewer Extension – Dunlap, TN (2018)

Copper Basin Medical Center Roof Replacement – Ducktown, TN (2018)

Carter Residence Landscape Master Plan – Athens, AL (2017)

Dunlap Industrial Park Improvements - Access Road & Pump Station – Dunlap, TN (2017)

Dunlap Coops Creek Greenway Project, Phase II – Dunlap, TN (2017)

Ducktown Green Infrastructure – Ducktown, TN (2016)

Ducktown Main Street Pedestrian Enhancement Project, Phases I & II - Ducktown, TN (2016)

State Route 28 Re-Striping Design Plans – Dunlap, TN (2016)

Tennessee Central Heritage Trail, Phase II – Monterey, TN (2016)

City of Dunlap Streetscape Project, Phase I – Dunlap, TN (2015)

Dunlap Coops Creek Greenway Project, Phase I – Dunlap, TN (2015)

DURA Industrial Building Roof – Pikeville, TN (2015)

City of Monteagle Pedestrian Enhancement, Phase II – Monteagle, TN (2014)

City of Dunlap, Harris Park Renovations, Phase I – Dunlap, TN (2014)

City of Ducktown Greenway, Phase I – Ducktown, TN (2014)

Mountain Goat Trail, Phase III – Monteagle, TN (2013)

City of Monteagle Pedestrian Enhancement, Phase I – Monteagle, TN (2013)

Ducktown Housing Authority Accessibility Audit – Ducktown, TN (2013)

Pikeville Spring Street Enhancement Phase I – Pikeville, TN (2012)

Town Hall Renovation – Tracy City, TN (2011)

Ducktown Photovoltaic Farm – Ducktown, TN (2011)

U. S. Highway 41 Re-Striping Design Plans – Monteagle, TN (2011)

Phipps Park Bridge and Cultural Park – Coalmont, TN (2010)

Construction:

Main Street Pedestrian Improvements, Phase I & II - Ducktown, TN (2018)

Coops Creek Greenway Enhancements Project, Phase I & II - Dunlap, TN (2019 & 2015)

Precision Military Aerodynamics Facility Upgrades - Dunlap, TN (2017)

Dunlap Streetscape Project, Phase I - Dunlap, TN (2015)

Ducktown, Greenway Phase I - Ducktown, TN (2015)

Monteagle, Mountain Goat Trail, Phase III – Monteagle, TN (2014)

Monteagle Pedestrian Enhancement, Phase I – Monteagle, TN (2014)

DURA Industrial Building Roof Construction Inspection and Project Administration – Pikeville, TN (2014)

Ducktown 28KW Photovoltaic Project – Ducktown, TN (2011)

Tracy City Town Hall Renovations – Tracy City, TN (2011)

Pikeville Main Street Improvements – Pikeville, TN (2010)

Project Administration of the Winston County Courthouse Renovations – Winston County, AL (2008)

Project Administration of the Pastime Theatre Historic Renovations – Winfield, AL (2008)