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Daniel Halsey is an experienced ecological designer working internationally in the temperate climates of North America, subtropics of Central America, Western and Southern Africa, cold and warm climates of Europe, and the extremes of Middle East. He enjoys the rigours of developing and teaching new strategies and researching the applied science behind ecological restoration and design. Using the United Designers ecological design process he has been called to work in community development in India, Africa, and the Hawaiian Islands. Since 2021 he has worked with residential developers to restore ecological resources during and after construction. Working with the Red Cross, Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, and USAID Daniel brings his team of designers to build solutions for climate adaptation and resilience to disaster prone communities. He is a teaching specialist for the University of Minnesota and teaches in Haiti, Lebanon (Beirut), Costa Rica, South Africa, Spain, Canada, across the United States, and the United Kingdom. Daniel has a Bachelor of Science degree in Temperate Climate Polyculture Design and a Masters of Professional Studies in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota. He is a PRI Australia certified permaculture instructor and professional agro-ecosystems designer, director of the Permaculture Research Institute/USA, and managing partner of Natural Capital, LLC, Plant Database (A subscription service with 5000+ users in 70 countries).




  • Expansion of United Designers to Spain, Netherlands, Canada, Belgium, Germany, South Africa, India, and other areas     2018 - Present

  • United Designers International, Ecological Designer Co-op                                                    2017 - Present

  • The Weather Makers, Amsterdam, NL Designer                                                                       2016 - Present

  • The University of Minnesota, Teaching Specialist                                                                      2013 - Present

  • SouthWoods Ecosystems, Educator, Designer                                                                          2008 - Present

  • Halsey Creative Services, Inc., Owner, Designer                                                                        1984 - Present

  • Natural Capital, Plant Database (Partner)                                                                                   2011 - Present

  • Brown College, Mendota Heights. Adjunct Instructor: Project Management,                                                                               Photography, Business and Marketing, Design                                                                         2006 - 2011

  • Permaculture Research Institute/Cold Climate, Presenter                                                        2006 - 2013

  • Teacher’s Guild Coordinator, Presentation Supervisor                                                              2008 - 2010

  • Digital and Internet Resources for Permaculture Design                                                          2009 - 2013





  • Board of Directors:   Large Scale Ecosystem Restoration (SER),                                              

                                          Society for Ecological Restoration                                                           2017 - 2020

                                          Hope Foundation, East London, South Africa                                        2017 - 2022

  • Permaculture Research Institute, USA:                                                                                       2013 - Present

                                          Gardening Matters, Mpls (Non-Profit)                                                     2009 - 2013 (Pres. 2012)

                                          Woodhill Urban Agriculture Farm                                                            2009 - 2012

                                          Dakota Area Resources and Transportation for Seniors                        1996 - 1999                 

  • Volunteer:                  Viking Council, Boys Scouts of America, Marketing Committee          2005 - 2008

                                          Permaculture Research Institute, Cold Climate                                      2004 - 2011

                                          Kekekabic Trail Club, BWCA, Trail maintenance and inspection          2003 - 2005





Online Professional Design Training and Resources                                                 International                            2019 - Present

The Plant                                          Ecological Design and Digital                           Netherlands NL                       2018

Wisc. Permaculture Conv.               Advanced Design Practices                               Rio, Wisconsin                         2018

SER National Conference               Building Stakeholder Buy-in                              New Orleans, LA                     2018

Morton Arboretum                         Adv. Permaculture Design                                  Chicago, IL                               2018

Permaculture Minnesota                PDC Co-Teacher                                                  Minneapolis, MN                    2016 -18

United Designers                            Design Training and Consulting                         International                           2017

Hope Foundation,                          Advanced Ecological Design                              South Africa                            2017

On-Line Moodle Education           Integrated Forest Gardening                              USA                                         2016

University of Minnesota                  Ecological Design for Horticulture                    Mpls, MN                                 2013, 2016, 2019

Center for Deep Ecology,              Polyculture Design                                              Prior Lake, MN                        2016

SOILS Lebanon, USAID                  Advanced Design Practices                                St. Joseph University              2016

Northern Plains Sustainable Ag     Ecological Design                                               Aberdeen, SD                         2016

USAID                                               Agricultural Consultant                                      USEK Kaslick, Lebanon,          2015

USAID, American University           Vermiculture and Design                                    Beirut, Lebanon,                     2014, 2015

Alaska Eco-Experience                   Permaculture Certification                                 Palmer, AK                               2015    

Permaculture Voices                       Ecological Design                                                San Diego,                              2015

Chicago Permaculture Group        Advanced Permaculture Design                        Chicago, IL                              2014

Pittsburgh Permaculture                Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens,   Pittsburgh, PA                         2014

Minnesota Organic Farm Conf.     Sustainable Design                                              St Cloud, MN                          2014

Permaculture, BC.                           Advanced Design and Technique                      Victoria, BC, Canada              2013

University of Minnesota                  Polyculture Design, Summer                              Mpls, MN                                2013

Kinstone Academy                          Advanced Design                                                Lake City, MN                         2013, 2014

Victory Garden Initiative                 Designer Training                                                Milwaukee WI                         2012

Mindful Generations,                      Farmer Training                                                   Haiti,                                        2012, 2013

SouthWoods Forest Gardens         Advanced Designer Training,                            Prior Lake, MN                        2012

University of Minnesota                  Edible Landscapes, TA                                       Mpls, MN                                 2012

PRI Cold Climate                             Urban Farmer Program                                      Mpls, MN                                 2011 - 2013

Nature’s Nest                                   PDC , Primary Instructor                                     Delano MN                              2012

Crazy Rooster Farm                         Design Process and Polycultures                      Mondovi, WI                            2011

University of Wisconsin                   Design Process and Polycultures                       River Falls, WI                         2011- 2012
Mpls College of Art and Design    
Permaculture in Design                                      Mpls, MN                                2012 - 2013
SouthWoods Homestead               Landscape Design Workshop                            Prior Lake, MN                        2009 - Present




Ecological Design                           International Agriculture Conference  ECHO Farm         Fort Myers, FL         2016    

Keynote:  Sustainability 2.0            South Dakota Specialty Producers 2016,                           Mitchell, SD            2016

Polyculture Design                          Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Conference                    Aberdeen, SD         2016

Climate and Change and Carrying Capacity, Center for Deep Ecology                                 Clarks Grove.MN    2016

Polyculture Design                          N. American Permaculture Convergence                         Harmony Park, MN 2014

Polyculture Design          Mother Earth News Fairs, Belton, TX; Topeka, KS; Albany, OR; West Bend, WI            2014 -2016
Sustainable Immigrant Farming Practices      Kenyan Agricultural Delegation                                                        2012
Community Gardening and Management     Women Environmental Institute                                                        2012
Permaculture                                   Rural Living Expo, University of Minnesota Extension
Permaculture and Site Assessment, Women Environmental Institute,    Organic Farm School                              2010
Permaculture                                   Metro Blooms, Minneapolis Committee on Urban Environment                     2010
Water Catchment Design               Sustainable Farming Association, Gale Woods Farm        MN                         2009
Biomimicry and Permaculture Design, Bioneers Conference                                                     Mpls, MN               2009
Biomimicry,                                      Business Process Management Conference                       Orlando Florida    2009
Permaculture Principles,                 The Bioneers Regional Conference, University of Minnesota                          2012
Permaculture and Biomimicry,       
Bioneers Regional Conference                                                                           2008-2009
Peak Oil Transition and the Future, Sustainable Community, Corcoran Sustainability Fair                       
Sustainability and Permaculture,    
Corcoran Sustainability Fair, Mpls,MN
Permaculture and Gardening,        Ramsey County Gardening Club
Beyond Sustainability: Introduction to Permaculture, Mpls. Quakers
Natures Beauty and Natural Harvests, Master Gardeners Annual Luncheon, Bloomington, MN
SouthWoods Forest Gardens, Frequent Tours and Classes for novice and public attendees



Co-Author, Integrated Forest Gardening, Chelsea Green, 2014,  eCourse 2016

  • SouthWoods Site and Resource Assessment Guide, Self Published 40pp. 2011 - 2016

  • Catch and Store Principles, Permaculture Magazine, UK, Fall 2009

  • Polyculture Design, Friends School Editorial, 2009

  • Co-Author, Graphic Design and Sustainability, Wiley Press Release 2009

  • 2008Permaculture in Package Design, Package Design Magazine, Dec

  • Co-Author, Packaging Sustainability, Wiley Press Release 2008    


ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION: Large Scale Environmental Repair


  • Molokai Ranch, Molokai, Hawaii, USA                                 57.000 acres. (In development)

  • Keawanui Historical Fish Pond, Molokai, HI                        220 acres

  • Ecosystem Restoration Camps, La Querera, Spain,           10 Hectares

  • Crandell Botanical Preserve, Grasston, MN, USA               80 acres



BROADACRE DESIGN: Production Farming and Systems


  • Makena Ranch, Maui, Hawaii

  • Molokai Ranch, Molokai, Hawaii

  • Bong County Orphanage and Farm, Liberia

  • Barrett Drylands Homestead, San Antonio, TX.

  • Gorgi Dieng Farm, Kebemer, Senegal

  • AFENBO Village, Jacmel, Haiti

  • Fleri Farm, City Solei, Haiti                     

  • Padda Organic Farm, IL

  • Brown Dog Farm, WI

  • Zoe Farms, Canton, OH

  • Bended Oak Farm, Youngstown, OH

  • Gulf Road Intentional Community, Cleveland, TX

  • Kinstone Academy, WI

  • Peachey Farm, Montezuma, IN

  • Strause Farm, Rio, Wisconsin

  • Blue Heron Nest Farm, IA

  • Willowfields Farm, Charlottesville, WV

  • South Eden, Thomasville, GA

  • Finca Quijote, Costa Rica

  • Dream of Wild Health Farm, Hugo, MN

  • High Plains Homestead, Plains, TX

  • Harmony Springs, Redding, CA

  • Arbor Eden Intentional Community, Costa Rica

  • Birch Treatment Center, High Falls, NY

  • Meents Teaching Farm, Guide Rock, NE

  • Garcia Plena Farm, Ellicott City, MD

  • Evermore Forest Farm, Harris, Minnesota


HOMESTEAD ASSESSMENT AND DESIGN: Subsistence Farming and Systems


  • Barret Homestead, Texas

  • Gabriel Residence, Michigan

  • Welch Gardens, Welch, Minnesota

  • Spring Lake Shores, Spring Lake, MN

  • Ne’He’Ma Farm, Jackson, Mississippi

  • SouthWoods Forest Gardens, Prior Lake, MN

  • Goldstein Residence, Tonka Bay, Minnesota

  • Lozano Homestead, San Diego, California

  • Trantham Homestead, Corvalis, Oregon

  • Abbott Homestead, Apple Valley, Minnesota

  • Davina Food Forest, Harris, MN

  • Mansfield Homestead, Mansfield, Ontario



URBAN GARDEN FARM DESIGN:  Community Gardens and Orchards


  • Zaytuna College Gardens and Food Forest, Berkeley, CA

  • Woodhill Urban Farm, Burnsville, MN

  • Little Earth Urban Farm, Minneapolis, MN

  • Summit Hill Community Garden, St. Paul, MN

  • Bancroft Community Forest Garden, Minneapolis, MN

  • West View Junior High Community Garden, Mound, MN

  • Wolk Park Community Gardens and Orchard, Burnsville, MN

  • School of Environmental Studies, Apple Valley, MN

  • Tahlequah Community Garden, Oklahoma





Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner         ISER     Pending                                                           2018

SER National Conference,                                        4-day workshops                New Orleans, LA            2018

Institute of the Environment             Restoration Horticulture                           Mpls, MN                         2017

Drafix Inc.                                           AutoCAD Training                                     Dallas, TX                         2017

Society for Ecological Restoration   Regional Conference                                Grand Rapids, MI            2017
ECHO Farm                                       International Agriculture Conference       Fort Myers, FL                 2016

PRI/ Australia                                     Instructor Certification                                                                        2013

University of Minnesota,                   MPS Horticulture                                                                                 2012
University of Minnesota,                   Ba.Sci., Temperate Climate Polyculture Design                               2010

Dave Jacke Group,                           Teaching Permaculture Creatively            Sandstone, Minnesota    2010

Badgersett Research                         Hazelnut Woody Agriculture,                                                             2010
Dave Jacke Group,                            Fundamentals of Perennial Polyculture Design,                               2009
Permaculture Research Institute,     Certification in Permaculture Design, Australia                                 2007





  • Microsoft Office




  • QuickBooks Pro

  • ESRI: Arc Map

  • Adobe Creative Suite



            Acrobat Professional

            Premiere Pro (video editing)

            Connect (Video Conf.)

  • Moodle and Blackboard





References and designs upon request.


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