Wilhelm Farm

William Bentley

Bill is a retired forest economist living in North Granby CT with his wife, Ann Wilhelm. They manage the Wilhelm Farm and are active in local community affairs. Bill spent half of his career working with private sector organizations, including managing forestry research for Crown Zellerbach Corp. and serving as a program officer for the Ford Foundation in India and for Winrock International in Asia. He also was the Principal of Salmon Brook Associates in CT. The other half of his career was with academic institutions, including Michigan, Connecticut and Yale. He earned his BS and Ph.D. from California and Master of Forestry from Michigan.

Bill began working with agroforestry while stationed in India and he continued this interest in Asia, Africa and the US with Winrock International. His forestry background includes silviculture and wildlife habitat, and the Wilhelm Farm Forest is a wonderful arena for demonstrating both practices. Much of Bill’s research was on financial and investment analysis, mainly in timber production and more recently in agroforestry systems. As he moved into corporate and non-profit management, he developed skills in arranging partnership and obtaining grant funding.