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Daniel Halsey


  • Joined: 02/02/2011
  • Last Updated: 02/02/2011
  • Location: Prior Lake, MN, United States
  • Climate Zone: Cold Temperate
  • Gender: Male
  • Web site: SouthwoodsCenter.com

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    vegarden Ti Lorien, Haiti Quail Springs Permaculture Sailchearnach PRI Tipuana Farm, CA, USA Jubilee Fruits & Vegetables Farm PRI Tap o' Noth, Scotland The Permaculture Research Institute of Hellas (Greece) The Centre for Urban Agriculture in Alberta RT Permaculture Forever Productive Forest Milkwood Inspiration Farm




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About Daniel Halsey

Master Plan Designer, Certified and Accredited Instructor
Education Offerings:
Homestead and Harvest Design Series
Digital Design Training Series (Adobe Illustr.)
Advanced Permaculture Design
Professional Permaculture Practices
Integrated Forest Gardening
PDC Module Weekends
Permaculture Design Certification Courses

Past trips included:

American University, Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon
Solt Mission
Hinche, Haiti

Earth Reforestation Project
Chicago, Illinois

Pittsburgh Permaculture
Pittsburgh, PA

Permaculture, BC
Victoria, BC, Canada

Daniel Halsey is a co-author of Integrated Forest Gardening (2014), a PRI certified permaculture designer, teacher for the Permaculture Research Institute, and director of PRI/USA. Daniel has a Bachelor of Science degree in Temperate Climate Polyculture Design and Masters of Professional Studies degree in Horticulture.

During his twenty-five year career he has developed skills in graphic design and illustration, which he uses to illustrate the plant systems he designs for transforming farms and ornamental landscapes to edible forest gardens and sustainable systems.

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


Press Release, PRI/USA Grant Awards 2016

Posted 15 days ago (0 comments)

Touring the Cedars of Lebanon.

Posted 9 months ago (1 comments)

Heading Middleburg, VA for a design project

Posted 9 months ago (0 comments)

Building Better Plant Guilds with Dan Halsey: GLPPodcast

Dan Halsey, director of PRI-USA, Head Designer at Southwoods Permaculture co-author of Integrated Forest Gardening, sat down with us to talk about designing guilds and the Natural Capital™ Plant Database, a useful resource he helped Paula Westmoreland de

Posted about 1 year ago (0 comments)

Beneficial Habitat: Beetle Banks

Beetle banks create beneficial habitat for biological control agents important to pest management. Since the effect of predation from the bank is passive and seasonally variable it is a strategy best used as part of an overall system of pest management.

Posted about 1 year ago (1 comments)

Internationally Accredited Permaculture Designer Certification PRI Finca Quijote, Costa Rica Wet Tropics PDC February 2 - 14, 2015

Finca Quijote is a Wet Tropics Permaculture Educational and Demonstration Farm. The family run farm of 517 hectares is deep in the Costa Rican Wet Tropics. Your hosts, Ginnee, Felipe, Erika, and William have ten years of experience on the developing of su

Posted about 1 year ago (0 comments)

PRI Finca Quijote All Set for a Wet Tropics PDC.

PRI Finca Quijote, Costa Rica Wet Tropics PDC February 2 - 14, 2015 What better place than an established and working farm in the tropical hills of one of the wettest places on Earth. Professional Designer Instructors bringing applicable skills and i

Posted about 1 year ago (0 comments)

Get ready, get set for the 2015 International Permaculture Convergence.

Conference, convergence & edge events The 2 day conference, 8-9 September 2015, will take place at The Light, Friends House in London where there will be formal presentations, workshops, academic papers, exhibitions, music, and art.

Posted about 1 year ago (1 comments)

Rotation Paddocks for 10 Acre Woods Permaculture Project

COMING SOON!!! We will be working with Daniel Halsey from SouthWoods Forest Gardens and folks from Little Earth Farm Garden to create paddocks around the big barn. Stay tuned for before, during and after photos as well as updates on this project.

Posted about 1 year ago (1 comments)

The Magic of Integrated Forest Gardening & Other Permaculture Revelations

Permaculture design is systems thinking. Everything is in a relationship and defined by its relationships. Plants and harvest crops thrive when provided with the correct relationships in the soil and above ground with beneficial habitat. The urban landsca

Posted about 1 year ago (0 comments)

At the Mother Earth News Fair in Topeka Kansas.

Jessi Bloom (nwbloom.com)took our photo at the fair. We set up the designs and the talk was non-stop. Many new and familiar faces on the homesteader/prepper scene. Seeing is believing. Neil Bertrando joined me in the booth and got a good read on where

Posted over 1 year ago (0 comments)

North American Permaculture Convergence

North America's first convergence may not have had the flash of a Renaissance Festival, but the content of the presentations and conversations eclipsed even the intermittent thunderstorms and driving rain. Brilliant minds, diplomatic discourse, and energy

Posted over 1 year ago (2 comments)

Open House for Designers and the Public

Sunday August 17 SouthWoods-10 Years of Permaculture Open House and Book Launch Party Come see a permaculture homestead and talk to permaculture designers and enthusiasts. 

Posted over 1 year ago (0 comments)

PRI Tap o' Noth

The Newest Master Plan site in cooperation with PRI/USA. A historical, archeological, and ecological education resource near Rynie, Scotland.

Posted over 1 year ago (0 comments)

Integrated Forest Gardening, The Book

The Complete Guide to Polycultures and Plant Guilds in Permaculture Systems

Posted over 1 year ago (0 comments)

Prime Homestead in the Virginia, USA Hills. Woodland, Pasture, and Creek supplying continuous resources.

Keeping the stream pure with all the activity is a challenge, but a priority.

Posted over 1 year ago (0 comments)

Amish Farmer Turns to Permaculture for Design. A Seamless Transition

This farmer was intrigued by permaculture and was amazed at the benefits from transforming to an integrated Food Forest Grazing System. The minimal loss of open acreage returned increased forage crops, new livestock opportunities, and harvestable windbrea

Posted over 1 year ago (3 comments)

First Food Forest for Minneapolis

Install date May 17-18, 2014 PDF at southwoodsforestgardens.blogspot.com

Posted almost 2 years ago (0 comments)

Virginia Homestead Design

More Ponds! More Ponds! I need more Ponds! How many cows can you rotational graze on 31 acres?

Posted almost 2 years ago (3 comments)

Dream of Wild Health Design

A ten acre farm turns from row crops to perennial harvests.

Posted almost 2 years ago (2 comments)

A Legacy Landscape

Transitioning long fallowed fields to woodland pasture, perennial crops, and orchards requires a multi-layered agro-ecosystem design. After extensive site assessment accounting for climate, soil ecology, geology and existing ecological systems, we start

Posted almost 2 years ago (0 comments)

Thermal Mass and Insulation, Local Conditions Dictate the Function

Notes from SouthWoods Advanced Permaculture Series Thermal Mass and Insulation, Local Conditions Dictate the Function.

Posted almost 2 years ago (0 comments)

SouthWoods Permaculture is now PRI SouthWoods

In preparation for SouthWoods to be a PRI Master Plan Site, we are changing our name to join the family of educational sites aligned with the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia.

Posted almost 2 years ago (1 comments)

Sustainable Revolution

PRI/USA is proud to announce the publication of Sustainable Revolution by Juliana Birnbaum and Louis Fox. In 2009 PRI/USA supported Birnbaum and Fox by becoming their fiscal agent as they collected funds for the production of their new book and began to t

Posted almost 2 years ago (0 comments)

Time to update the original SouthWoods master plan.

Not everything is on there, but it is a pretty good representation of the functional spaces.

Posted about 2 years ago (0 comments)



Posted about 2 years ago (2 comments)

Integrated Forest Gardening

This book is the first, and most comprehensive, guide about plant guilds ever written, and covers in detail both what guilds are and how to design and construct them, complete with extensive color photography and design illustrations. Included is informat

Posted over 2 years ago (0 comments)

Conference on Climate Adaptation Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul

250 people showed up for the conference. It was great information from an ecological standpoint. Horrific for the uninitiated.

Posted over 2 years ago (0 comments)

The Natural Capital™ Plant Database

The database is working very well and I encourage all permaculture designers to try it out. Especially the spreadsheet download. Let me know if you would like a free access for a time to try it out.

Posted over 2 years ago (0 comments)

They asked why we should be given start up funds for a community farm.

They just need the obvious in writing I guess.

Posted about 3 years ago (0 comments)

Fascine, Revetments, and Wattle Hurdle

This year I have been in Haiti after a downgraded hurricane, and then in New Jersey a week after Sandy.While in New Jersey two tornadoes passed by my old house. What does they have in common?

Posted about 3 years ago (0 comments)

Permaculture part of coursework at the University of Minnesota

After some years of working my way up the academic ladder (not far up really) and making permaculture a common topic, it is now a main component in a graduate horticulture course I will be teaching next summer.

Posted about 3 years ago (1 comments)

Shipping Container Shed

Posted about 5 years ago (1 comments)

Diversity Affecting the Fitness Landscape for Insects, A Complex Adaptive System

In a recent class in Complex Adaptive Systems, I wanted to find a new way to relate the effects of diversity models on insect patterns and the resulting plant benefits.

Posted about 5 years ago (0 comments)

Perpetual Community Garden Design

Four installed. 4 more on the calendar. It is a combination keyhole and field crop design with vegetated fence.

Posted about 5 years ago (0 comments)