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Daniel Halsey
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Minneapolis, US

Molokai Restoration

Molokai Restoration

Kunakakai, US


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vegarden Ti Lorien, Haiti Quail Springs Permaculture Sailchearnach Mesquite Meadows Jubilee Fruits & Vegetables Farm PRI Tap o' Noth Farm, Aberdeenshire, 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

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 enjoys the rigors of developing and teaching new courses and researching the applied science behind ecological restoration and design. He is 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 Halsey is a 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).

United Designers, Ecological Designer Co-op 2017 - Present
The Weather Makers, Amsterdam, NL Designer 2016 - Present
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 2006 - 2011
Adjunct Instructor: Project Management, Photography, Business and Marketing, Design
Permaculture Research Institute/Cold Climate, Presenter 2006 to 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) 2017 – Present
Society for Ecological Restoration
Hope Foundation, East London, South Africa 2017 - Present
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

Teaching Experience:
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 - 14
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

Speaking Engagements:
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 2014-16
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 2008-9
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
Permaculture in Package Design, Package Design Magazine, Dec, 2008
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

Broad Acre Design: Production Farming and Systems
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
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

Professional Development:
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

Software Skills:

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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Geoff visits SouthWoods 2014

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Press Release, Grant Awards 2016

Posted over 8 years ago (0 comments)

Touring the Cedars of Lebanon.

Posted about 9 years ago (1 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 over 9 years 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 over 9 years ago (4 comments)

International Designer

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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 over 9 years 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 over 9 years 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

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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

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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 9 years ago (3 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 almost 10 years ago (0 comments)

Integrated Forest Gardening, The Book

The Complete Guide to Polycultures and Plant Guilds in Permaculture Systems

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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 about 10 years 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 about 10 years ago (3 comments)

First Food Forest for Minneapolis

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

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Virginia Homestead Design

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

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Dream of Wild Health Design

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

Posted about 10 years ago (5 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

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Thermal Mass and Insulation, Local Conditions Dictate the Function

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

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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

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Time to update the original SouthWoods master plan.

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

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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

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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.

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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 10 years ago (3 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 over 11 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?

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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.

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Shipping Container Shed

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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.

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Perpetual Community Garden Design

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

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My Course Outline

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My Permaculture Qualifications
Cold Climate PDC
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Verifying teacher: Paula Westmoreland
Other Teachers: Guy Trombley, Bruce Blair
Location: Minnesota
Date: Jan 2007
Other course verified
Teaching Permaculture Creativiely
Type: Teacher Training
Verifying teacher: Dave Jacke
Other Teachers: Ethan Roland
Location: Sandstone, Minnesota
Date: Apr 2010
Other course verified
Permaculture Teacher Training
Type: Teacher Training
Verifying teacher: Bill Wilson
Other Teachers: Wayne Weiseman
Location: Stelle, IL
Date: Aug 2011
Other course unverified
The Soil Resource, Soil Science
Type: Soil Biology/Compost
Teacher: Dr. Terry Cooper
Location: University of Minnesota
Date: Aug 2007
Other course verified
Forest Ecology
Type: Other
Teacher: Rebecca Montgomery
Location: University of Minnesota
Date: Jan 2007
Other course verified
Orcard Swale Catchment Workshop
Type: Earthworks
Verifying teacher: Geoff Lawton
Other Teachers: Guy Trombley, Paula Westmoreland
Location: Prior Lake, MN, USA
Date: Jun 2006
Other course verified
Edible Forest Gardens Short Workshop
Type: Other
Teacher: Dave Jacke
Location: PRI, Cold Climate, University of Minnesota
Date: Feb 2007
Other course unverified
Master of Professional Studies in Horticulture
Type: Other
Teacher: Dr. Tom Michaels
Location: University of Minnesota
Date: Oct 2010
Other course unverified
Bachelors of Science, Temperate Climate Polyculture Deign
Type: Other
Teacher: Nick Jordan
Location: University of Minnesota, USA
Date: Sep 2008
Other course verified
Grey Water Systems with Brad Lancaster
Type: Other
Verifying teacher: Brad Lancaster
Other Teachers: Wayne Weiseman
Location: Kinstone Acedemy of Applied Permaculture
Date: Jan 2014
Other course unverified
Restoration Agriculture
Type: Earthworks
Teacher: Mark Shepard
Location: Harmony Park, MN
Date: Sep 2014
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Climate Zones
Daniel Halsey has permaculture experience in:
Cold Temperate
Cool Temperate
Warm Temperate
Sub tropical
Wet/Dry Tropical
Wet Tropical
Dry Tropical
Semi Arid
Cold Desert

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