Daniel Halsey 

Agro-Ecosystem,

Ecological Restoration Designer

Building natural capital and biodiversity,

while raising the carrying capacity of the planet,

Welcome to Integrated Forest Gardening

with Designer, Illustrator, and Author Daniel Halsey.


In this six lesson eCourse, you will:

  • Learn the dynamics or Forest Ecology and the layers of diversity which make up a forest garden.
  • Design plant guilds and the partitioning resources plants need (like sun and soil, making better use of space).
  • Discover the seven layer structure of a forest and why this layering increases services to the plants.
  • Learn to assess the site conditions of your planting areas and determine the best suited plants for the space.
  • Select plants by their ecological function and human uses.
  • Develop a canopy to ground style of design based on climate conditions and future growth.
  • Explore the many possibilities of integrating a complete system that cycles nutrients and organic matter to create richer deeper soils.
  • Learn how to design following all the steps in the scale of permanence: climate, land shape, water, structures, roads, and the soil.
  • Design with a more natural expectation, using a structure of decision making that moves organically from large-scale patterns to the details.
  • Discover the principles of ecological design of plant guilds and apply this information to a design for your home and landscape.
 

Along the way we will apply drawing skills to many facets of the homestead design. Collecting the materials and tools listed below will assist you in making clean and easily read designs for your use and for showing others. 

Specific plant detail can be obtained from the Natural Capital Plant Database as you begin to create a detailed plant list. This subscription will be sent to you directly. I hope you enjoy the course and please chat with us about your experience.   

Thanks, Dan

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Course Materials:

The Book: Integrated Forest Gardening (Chelsea Green Publishing)  Authors Wayne Weiseman, Daniel Halsey, and Byrce Ruddock (order online at Southwoodscenter.com)
Lumber, nails or bolts, and landscape flags can be can be purchased (and the lumber cut) at Home Depot or your local lumber yard.
Grid Paper, H2 and HB pencils, engineer's scale, compass or circle template, 100 foot measure tape

Each subsequent lesson will only become available after achieving the required score on the reading quiz. This is a 6 lesson series.


 

This book is the first, and most comprehensive, guide about plant guilds ever written, and covers in detail both what guilds are and how to design and construct them, complete with 

extensive color photography and design illustrations. Included is information on:

• What we can observe about natural plant guilds in the wild and the importance of observation;
• Detailed research on the structure of plant guilds, and a portrait of an oak tree (a guild unto itself);
• Animal interactions with plant guilds;
• Steps to guild design, construction, and dynamics: from assessment to design to implementation;
• Fifteen detailed plant guilds, five each from the three authors based on their
unique perspectives;
• Guild project management: budgets, implementation, management, and maintenance.

Price: $45.00 + 5.50 shipping.  (international shipping extra)

Book and Bundles
 

Integrated Forest Gardening

The Complete Guide to Polycultures and Plant Guilds in Permaculture Systems

by Wayne Weiseman, Daniel Halsey, Bryce Ruddock

Praise

"Integrated Forest Gardeningmakes the process of creating complex agroecosystems more understandable and achievable. It is a fine guide to designing forest garden and polycultural systems using Permaculture principles."

Martin Crawford, author of Creating a Forest Garden


"We stand at a new threshold. The history of food production has tended ever more narrowly towards monoculture, whereas a sustainable future can only be based on polyculture. But we're desperately short of knowledge on polycultures. While mainstream research still chases the chimera of fossil-fueled monoculture, a small band of visionaries is working to develop the knowledge we need to carry us forward to the future. Just such are the authors of this book and the wisdom it contains is part of that movement."

Patrick Whitefield, permaculture teacher; author, The Earth Care Manual


"This is an intimate insight into the world of plant guilds. The authors have taken the broad land based overview and zoom the reader into the micro detail of these plant polycultures. Details of root structure, seeding patterns, and relationships with the surrounding environment have been carefully observed and are well laid out in the plant guild lists. This book is an important contribution to every permaculture designer's library and will appeal to all those wishing to grow sustainable polycultures whether broadscale or in the garden."

Ben Law, author, The Woodland Way and Roundwood Timber Framing


"This rich feast of nature love by three experienced and working permaculture designers pushes into the hard task of creating recombinant ecosystems, a field where few have gone before. The authors expose the logic and lore of working guilds, the symbiotic plant assemblies of productive landscapes. Full of design insight into the needs and opportunities of both plants and the people who live with them, Integrated Forest Gardening offers a panoply of example guilds, work procedures, and luscious images to inspire and guide the perennial food gardener onto a path of ecological renewal."

Peter Bane, author of The Permaculture Handbook and publisher of Permaculture Activist magazine


"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


"Reading Integrated Forest Gardening was like taking a walk through a well-orchestrated whole systems design! As a plant enthusiast and systems thinker this book spoke my language. It is rare to find in one book such depth of user-friendly detail. It demystifies the mythical nature of the forest garden and brings its strategies to easy application. This book is a must for all plant lovers."

Jude Hobbs, Cascadia Permaculture


"For the design work we do at Midwest Permaculture, when we need experienced advice on planting systems we turn to the three gentlemen who collaborated on this impressive work. The book is thorough, accessible, and timely. So wish we had this insightful compilation when we first started. It's a gem!"

Bill and Becky Wilson, Midwest Permaculture


"Integrated Forest Gardening is an evolution from Bill Mollison's original teachings, built upon by countless designs and a straightforward process. Both the seasoned and new designer can use this work to confidently approach a project, weaving land, client, and vision into an abundant and joyful reality."

Javan K. Bernakevitch, Educator and Agroecology Designer

- See more at: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/integrated_forest_gardening:paperback/praise/#sthash.V0dlJay9.dpuf

Integrated Forest Gardening

The Complete Guide to Polycultures and Plant Guilds in Permaculture Systems

by Wayne Weiseman, Daniel Halsey, Bryce Ruddock

Praise

"Integrated Forest Gardeningmakes the process of creating complex agroecosystems more understandable and achievable. It is a fine guide to designing forest garden and polycultural systems using Permaculture principles."

Martin Crawford, author of Creating a Forest Garden


"We stand at a new threshold. The history of food production has tended ever more narrowly towards monoculture, whereas a sustainable future can only be based on polyculture. But we're desperately short of knowledge on polycultures. While mainstream research still chases the chimera of fossil-fueled monoculture, a small band of visionaries is working to develop the knowledge we need to carry us forward to the future. Just such are the authors of this book and the wisdom it contains is part of that movement."

Patrick Whitefield, permaculture teacher; author, The Earth Care Manual


"This is an intimate insight into the world of plant guilds. The authors have taken the broad land based overview and zoom the reader into the micro detail of these plant polycultures. Details of root structure, seeding patterns, and relationships with the surrounding environment have been carefully observed and are well laid out in the plant guild lists. This book is an important contribution to every permaculture designer's library and will appeal to all those wishing to grow sustainable polycultures whether broadscale or in the garden."

Ben Law, author, The Woodland Way and Roundwood Timber Framing


"This rich feast of nature love by three experienced and working permaculture designers pushes into the hard task of creating recombinant ecosystems, a field where few have gone before. The authors expose the logic and lore of working guilds, the symbiotic plant assemblies of productive landscapes. Full of design insight into the needs and opportunities of both plants and the people who live with them, Integrated Forest Gardening offers a panoply of example guilds, work procedures, and luscious images to inspire and guide the perennial food gardener onto a path of ecological renewal."

Peter Bane, author of The Permaculture Handbook and publisher of Permaculture Activist magazine


"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


"Reading Integrated Forest Gardening was like taking a walk through a well-orchestrated whole systems design! As a plant enthusiast and systems thinker this book spoke my language. It is rare to find in one book such depth of user-friendly detail. It demystifies the mythical nature of the forest garden and brings its strategies to easy application. This book is a must for all plant lovers."

Jude Hobbs, Cascadia Permaculture


"For the design work we do at Midwest Permaculture, when we need experienced advice on planting systems we turn to the three gentlemen who collaborated on this impressive work. The book is thorough, accessible, and timely. So wish we had this insightful compilation when we first started. It's a gem!"

Bill and Becky Wilson, Midwest Permaculture


"Integrated Forest Gardening is an evolution from Bill Mollison's original teachings, built upon by countless designs and a straightforward process. Both the seasoned and new designer can use this work to confidently approach a project, weaving land, client, and vision into an abundant and joyful reality."

Javan K. Bernakevitch, Educator and Agroecology Designer

- See more at: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/integrated_forest_gardening:paperback/praise/#sthash.V0dlJay9.dpuf

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Critical Praise
"Integrated Forest Gardening makes the process of creating complex agroecosystems more understandable and achievable. It is a fine guide to designing forest garden and polycultural systems
using Permaculture principles."
—Martin Crawford, author of Creating a Forest Garden

"We stand at a new threshold. The history of food production has tended ever more narrowly towards monoculture, whereas a sustainable future can only be based on polyculture. B
ut we're desperately short of knowledge on polycultures. While mainstream research still chases the chimera of fossil-fueled monoculture, a small band of visionaries is working to develop the knowledge we need to carry us forward to the future. Just such are the authors of this book and the wisdom it contains is part of that movement."
—Patrick Whitefield, permaculture teacher; author, The Earth Care Manual

"This is an intimate insight into the world of plant guilds. The authors have taken the broad land based overview and zoom the reader into the micro detail of these plant polycultures. Details of root structure, seeding patterns, and relationships with the surrounding environment have been carefully observed and are well laid out in the plant guild lists. This book is an important contribution to every permaculture designer's library and will appeal to all those wishing to grow sustainable polycultures whether broadscale or in the garden."
—Ben Law, author, The Woodland Way and Roundwood Timber Framing

"This rich feast of nature love by three experienced and working permaculture designers pushes into the hard task of creating recombinant ecosystems, a field where few have gone before. The authors expose the logic and lore of working guilds, the symbiotic plant assemblies of productive landscapes. Full of design insight into the needs and opportunities of both plants and the people who live with them, Integrated Forest Gardening offers a panoply of example guilds, work procedures, and luscious images to inspire and guide the perennial food gardener onto a path of ecological renewal."
—Peter Bane, author of The Permaculture Handbook and publisher of Permaculture Activist magazine

"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

"Reading Integrated Forest Gardening was like taking a walk through a well-orchestrated whole systems design! As a plant enthusiast and systems thinker this book spoke my language. It is rare to find in one book such depth of user-friendly detail. It demystifies the mythical nature of the forest garden and brings its strategies to easy application. This book is a must for all plant lovers."
—Jude Hobbs, Cascadia Permaculture

"For the design work we do at Midwest Permaculture, when we need experienced advice on planting systems we turn to the three gentlemen who collaborated on this impressive work. The book is thorough, accessible, and timely. So wish we had this insightful compilation when we first started. It's a gem!"
—Bill and Becky Wilson, Midwest Permaculture

"Integrated Forest Gardening is an evolution from Bill Mollison's original teachings, built upon by countless designs and a straightforward process. Both the seasoned and new designer can use this work to confidently approach a project, weaving land, client, and vision into an abundant and joyful reality."
—Javan K. Bernakevitch, Educator and Agroecology Designer

Integrated Forest Gardening

The Complete Guide to Polycultures and Plant Guilds in Permaculture Systems

by Wayne Weiseman, Daniel Halsey, Bryce Ruddock

Praise

"Integrated Forest Gardeningmakes the process of creating complex agroecosystems more understandable and achievable. It is a fine guide to designing forest garden and polycultural systems using Permaculture principles."

Martin Crawford, author of Creating a Forest Garden


"We stand at a new threshold. The history of food production has tended ever more narrowly towards monoculture, whereas a sustainable future can only be based on polyculture. But we're desperately short of knowledge on polycultures. While mainstream research still chases the chimera of fossil-fueled monoculture, a small band of visionaries is working to develop the knowledge we need to carry us forward to the future. Just such are the authors of this book and the wisdom it contains is part of that movement."

Patrick Whitefield, permaculture teacher; author, The Earth Care Manual


"This is an intimate insight into the world of plant guilds. The authors have taken the broad land based overview and zoom the reader into the micro detail of these plant polycultures. Details of root structure, seeding patterns, and relationships with the surrounding environment have been carefully observed and are well laid out in the plant guild lists. This book is an important contribution to every permaculture designer's library and will appeal to all those wishing to grow sustainable polycultures whether broadscale or in the garden."

Ben Law, author, The Woodland Way and Roundwood Timber Framing


"This rich feast of nature love by three experienced and working permaculture designers pushes into the hard task of creating recombinant ecosystems, a field where few have gone before. The authors expose the logic and lore of working guilds, the symbiotic plant assemblies of productive landscapes. Full of design insight into the needs and opportunities of both plants and the people who live with them, Integrated Forest Gardening offers a panoply of example guilds, work procedures, and luscious images to inspire and guide the perennial food gardener onto a path of ecological renewal."

Peter Bane, author of The Permaculture Handbook and publisher of Permaculture Activist magazine


"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


"Reading Integrated Forest Gardening was like taking a walk through a well-orchestrated whole systems design! As a plant enthusiast and systems thinker this book spoke my language. It is rare to find in one book such depth of user-friendly detail. It demystifies the mythical nature of the forest garden and brings its strategies to easy application. This book is a must for all plant lovers."

Jude Hobbs, Cascadia Permaculture


"For the design work we do at Midwest Permaculture, when we need experienced advice on planting systems we turn to the three gentlemen who collaborated on this impressive work. The book is thorough, accessible, and timely. So wish we had this insightful compilation when we first started. It's a gem!"

Bill and Becky Wilson, Midwest Permaculture


"Integrated Forest Gardening is an evolution from Bill Mollison's original teachings, built upon by countless designs and a straightforward process. Both the seasoned and new designer can use this work to confidently approach a project, weaving land, client, and vision into an abundant and joyful reality."

Javan K. Bernakevitch, Educator and Agroecology Designer

- See more at: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/integrated_forest_gardening:paperback/praise/#sthash.V0dlJay9.dpuf



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.