" Raising the carrying capacity of the land by
building natural capital and a resilient ecology.
Are you Climate Ready?"
ECOLOGICAL AND HOMESTEAD DESIGN from Southwoods Ecosystems
Southwoods provides permaculture design and education throughout North America and the world. We supply site assessments, ecosystem restoration, and ecological design for farms, homesteads, urban living, and intentional communities. All across North America and the tropics, Southwoods has designed living systems for family and large scale 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. Our global ecology and its effect on the carrying capacity of your land is our first concern. We build your natural capital to ensure your lands abundance. Call us for information about our ecological and permaculture design process or fill out the form on the contact page.
Weather extremes are the rule in Texas. Dry hot summers followed by heavy rains flooding parched land. Southwoods developed strategies to redevelop the forest ecology and canopy to create protected micro-climates for a more diverse plants community. The water needed to be collected and infiltrated to soils for long term drought proofing.
Southwoods was asked to map site conditions in a subsistence village in Haiti. We assisted AFENBO COMMUNAUTE’, the land owner, in developing improved cultural practices and seasonal harvests. 17 farm families live on the land and must co-produce with AFENBO through integrated cropping systems. Southwoods helped develop value-added products and ecologically supported perennial crop systems. Bamboo and tree crops were added to stabilize steep slopes and divert water from the ravines back to the land.
Dana Martin wanted to create I self-sustaining food production system on their 10 acres of the North Dakota Prairie. Surrounded by wetlands, his property is high and dry and exposed to relentless winds. Southwoods designed an integrated horticultural system to reduce labour, increase soil health, available water, and diversity of harvest to the family.