Daniel Halsey  Agro-Ecosystem,

Ecological Restoration,

and Homestead Designer

Building natural capital and biodiversity,

while raising the carrying capacity of the planet,

This initial series of 12 short videos show the possibilities and philosophy behind abundant harvests in a homestead landscape. It is a companion presentation for use with the SouthWoods Site Assessment and Resource Guide. There is no simple prescription for ecological design, only a concept of relationships to be achieved between all the elements on the landscape, including humans. Each has a niche and an important position within the broader ecosystem. When we enter our personal landscape, we can deplete, extract, and smother the life that surrounds us, or can be stewards and raise its carrying capacity for all living things and bring it to true abundance.


Sampler Video from the SouthWoods Design Series


Dan Halsey   Following Natures Patterns

Trying to fight natures natural patterns and force an imprint or geometric shape on the land, wastes resources and sets up a high maintenance system. Following natures patterns allows us to collect the energy and resources that are flowing across the landscape and focus them where we need them. Working on contour, selecting plants that are specifically suited to the site, and allowing ourselves to be imprinted by the land; creates a dynamic relationship between our needs and the natural resources around us.


Dan Halsey on Ecological Design Strategy

Observation brings opportunity on the landscape. Follow the flow of sun, water, and soil. Work for each specific space to create its specific harvests.


Dan Halsey on Ecological Design Strategy

Observation brings opportunity on the landscape. Follow the flow of sun, water, and soil. Work for each specific space to create its specific harvests.


Other Good Videos:

Permaculture

Bill Mollison Global Gardener Series Part 1 (Video 28:31)

Bill Mollison Global Gardener Series Part 2 (Video 28:26)

Bill Mollison Global Gardener Series Part 3 (Video 28:27)

Bill Mollison Global Gardener Series Part 4 (Video 28:32)

Bill Mollison- In Grave Danger of Falling Food (Video 51:55)

Backyard Permaculture (Video 1:12:54)

David Holmgren Interview (Video 25:28)

Willie Smits: How We Regrew a Rainforest (TED Talks Video 22:39)

Bill Mollison Interview (Video 45:52)

Design

George Smoot: Design of the Universe (TED Talks Video 19:01)

Janine Benyus: Biomimicry in Action (TED Talks Video 20:15)

Janine Benyus: 12 Sustainable Design Ideas from Nature (TED Talks Video 23:59)

Patterns

Arthur C. Clarke: Fractals, The Colors of Infinity (Video 53:45)

Climatic Factors

Global Weather (BBC Video 2:31)

Water

Rainwater Harvesting Basics Brad Lancaster (Video 9:27 Part 1 of 3)

Rainwater Harvesting Demo Brad Lancaster (Video 5:45)

Rivers and Streams in Saudi Arabia (Video 2:21)

Soil

Permaculture Soils DVD Trailer Geoff Lawton (Video 2:00)

Trees & Forestry

2000 Year Old Food Forest Morocco (Video 4:37)

Architecture

Design with Nature CalEarth (Video 2:54)

Radical Nature: Sustainable Architecture (Video 3:52)

First Earth- Uncompromising Ecological Architecture (Video 9:23 Part 1of 12)

Garbage Warrior (Video 1:27:41)

Natural Building in Argentina (Video 29:39)

Straw Bale Home Construction (Video10:17)

The Architecture of Yemen (Video 21:30)

Food Production

Growing Power: A Model for Urban Agriculture (Video 3:03)

Polyface Farm (USA Today Video 4:02)

Permaculture Artisans Neighborhood Center (Video 17:54)

Where the Best Eggs are Made (Video 4:57)

Aquaculture

Geoff Lawton Growing Fish on Algae (Video 3:36)

Aquaculture Synergy of Land and Water (Video 32:28)

Community Development

Lynedoch Eco Village (Video 5:00)

Ecovillage at Ithaca: Back to Basics (Video 9:11)

Local Currencies: Replacing Scarcity with Trust (Video 27:39)

Community Supported Agriculture (Video 5:31)

Starting a Community Garden (Video 4:45)

Appropriate Technology

Solar Energy Illustrated (Video 5:16)

Solar Panels (Video 3:30)

Organic Photovoltaics Lecture ( Purdue University Video 1:15:29)

Special Topics

Restoring the Amanah through Earth Restoration Work (Article Rhamis Kent)


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.