Southwoods provides permaculture design and education throughout many regions. We supply site assessments, ecosystem restoration, and ecological design. Our scale is of work is applied to villages, homesteads, farms and entire ecosystems for ecological respiration. All across North America and the tropics, Southwoods has designed living systems for residential and commercial food production.
We offer a complete ecologically-based strategy supporting long-term harvest and resilience. We conduct site assessments for your future prairie oasis, dry land sanctuary, or cold climate paradise. Call us for information about our permaculture farming methods, or fill out the inquiry form on the contact page.
International projects have brought important information and insight to our ecological design. Extreme climates need deep thought, research, and strategies suited to the environment and culture. I bring our design experience to these remote sites and return with new strategies for all the diverse conditions we have here in the USA.
International and Professionally Accredited Permaculture Design for Residential, Homestead, and Broad Acre Systems
Building Capacity in Soil, Water and Plant Systems for Designers, Families, Neighborhoods, and Community.
North American Site Assessment and Design
USA: Minnesota, Texas, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Georgia, Mississippi, California, Oregon, New York, Maryland, North Carolina, Idaho, Canada - Ontario, Costa Rica - Turrialba and La Fortuna
Fleri Farm Restoration Haiti Mubaraka Farm Saudi Arabia Ecosystem Restoration Sanai Penninsula Hope Foundation South Africa Fumba Town Zanzibar Molokai Hawaiian Islands
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 diversity, and ensure the sustained capacity of the residents. SouthWoods is a living lab of design, plant systems and research.
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.
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. What ever the climate or setting, the design strategy will guide your solutions for abundance. 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