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SouthWoods Design, MN, USA
SouthWoods Design, MN, USA
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17766 Langford Blvd, Prior Lake, MN, US
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Cold Temperate

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SouthWoods Design, MN, USA

Project Type

Rural, Residential, Community, Philanthropic aid, Demonstration, Educational, PRI Master Plan

Project Summary

Southwoods Forest Gardens is located in the midst of an oak savanna wetland in east central Minnesota. it is a Permaculture demonstration homestead and educational facility for serious and professional permaculture designers and educators. Services include advanced permaculture design courses, professional design, and non-profit services .

Project Description

Integrated Forest Gardening (Click here to order)

   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. 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

Click here for IFG Workshops

PRI SouthWoodsis located in the Spring Lake watershed and is a rich fertile island surroundedby wetlands. The permaculture principals are an integral part of every systemat SouthWoods. They guide the decisions, enrich the soil, conserve andcollect natural resources, build flora and fauna diversity, and ensure thesustained capacity of the residents.  SouthWoods is a living lab ofdesign, plant systems and research. 


In 2006during the summer solstice, Geoff and Nadia Lawton of PRI Australia visited ourhomestead for a workshop for PRI/Cold Climate. More images can be seen on the2006 blog. Geoff helped us refine the berm and swale design. Nadia introducedus to some of our native plants that also grow in Jordan. 


Daniel Halsey is a certified permaculture designer and teacher for the Permaculture Research Institute, Cold Climate. Daniel graduate from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Temperate Climate Polyculture Design and a Masters degree in Horticulture. His interest in agro-ecosystems and edible forest gardens began with an introduction to polyculture design in 2003. Polyculture plant systems are patterned after forest ecology where each plant contributes to the health of the plant and soil community.

Dan and Ginny live on the twenty-five acre wetland savannah called SouthWoods, in Prior Lake, where they have manage self-sustaining forest gardens of fruiting trees, shrubs and nut crops. SouthWoods incorporates permaculture principals in all aspects of living.



The science of design is the cornerstone of Southwoods programs. Understanding the ecological dynamics built into our living systems allows us to enhance the natural capital on our landscape.  Students studying, designing, and implementing projects at Southwoods support their decisions with the principles of Permaculture and mechanisms of the biological systems that support all life.






Harvest Time at SouthWoods

We are logging the Brix on each crop in the orchard. Amazing tool for calculating the maturity.

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