Daniel Halsey,

MPS Horticulture

Permaculture and

Homestead Designer  

Southwoods design supplies site assessment and homestead design for farms and sell sufficient lifestyles. All across North America and the tropics, South Woods has designed living systems for residential and commercial food production. A complete ecologically based strategy supports long-term harvest and resilience. Look for SouthWoods on Facebook and at Conferences across the country. 


   

International and Professionally Accredited Permaculture Design for Residential, Homestead, and Broad Acre Systemss

Building Capacity in Soil, Water and Plant Systems for Designers, Families, Neighborhoods, and Community.



SouthWoods is located in the Spring Lake watershed and is a rich fertile island surrounded by wetlands. The permaculture principals are an integral part of every system at SouthWoods. They guide the decisions,  enrich the soil , conserve and collect natural resources, build flora and fauna diversityy, and ensure the sustained capacity of the residents.  SouthWoods is a living lab of design, plant systems and research. SouthWoods' PRI/Australia certified instructors teach the accredited Mollison PDC curriculum. Graduates earn the PRI/AU PDC certificate and are internationally registered and recognized. SouthWoods is the home of the nonprofit PRI/USA, the fiscal agent and adviser for PRI master plan sites in the United States.

In 2006 during the summer solstice, Geoff and Nadia Lawton of PRI Australia visited our homestead for a workshop for PRI/Cold Climate. More images can be seen at the 2006 blog (contact us page). Geoff helped us refine the berm and swale design. Nadia introduced us to some of our native plants that also grow in Jordan.  Back for a visit in 2014, Geoff, Nadia, and family visited SouthWoods and six other sites in the USA to film cold climate strategies.  We also celebrated ten years of permaculture at SouthWoods with an all day open house and book launch party for IFG.

 


Integrated Forest Gardening (Click here to order)

  The Complete Guide to Polycultures and Plant Guilds in Permaculture Systems

I am excited to offer this new book that explains and details the design process I use to build polycultures and design the edible landscape. Step by step instructions and 15 polyculture examples. Get out the highlighter and fill the margins with notes. It will bring your desire for a sustainable food forest to harvest.

"Integrated Forest Gardening fills a major gap in the canon of permaculture books, giving us, at last, a detailed guide to guild and polyculture design. No longer is this subject mysterious and daunting; in this book we now have specific instructions for designing and installing multi-species plant groups. Chapter 7, which describes 15 guilds and their plant members, is a golden nugget worth the price of the book alone. This is an essential book for all food foresters and ecological designers."
—Toby Hemenway, Author of Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture

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Upon Request for groups of 6 or more.

4 hours - Homestead Design I: Base Plan and Residential Site Assessment     
4 hours - Homestead Design  II: Permaculture Concepts for the Urban Homestead
4 hours - Homestead Design III: The Design Progression, Polycultures and Plant Guilds
4 hours - Homestead Design IV: Draft Design Workshop - Spaces, Plant Database
4 hours - Homestead Design  V: Final Design and Supervised Work Session, Materials
The series is delivered over 5 separate sessions, each with design assignments to be completed prior to the next class.


8 hours - Building Plant Polycultures and Guilds using a Plant Database
4 days  - Computer Aided Permaculture Design: Adobe Illustrator Training
 
4 hours - Computer Aided Site Assessment and Design with Internet Resources
4 hours - Site Assessment Workshop

 

 



 

 

Look for Daniel Halsey speaking at these Events:

Gathering of the Guilds

Harmony Park, September 26-27, 2016

Mother Earth News Fairs  2016

Topeka, Kansas  October 22 & 23
 

South Dakota Local Foods Conference   

Mitchel, ND  November 3-5, 2016



Design projects have expanded and talken the lead in our focus. SouthWoods participates in practicum training where invited and has foregone courses on-site. Video Presentations:  Ecological Design Strategy, Following Natures Patterns, Exceptions to our Understanding, Competitive Exclusion, Companion and Nurse Plants, managing disturbance, groundcovers, Micr-climates and Mushrooms, Banker Plants, Tasty Ground Covers, Plant Systems, Micro-Climate Peaches.