Design supplies site assessment, ecosystem restoration, and ecological
design. Our scale is of work is applied to villages, homesteads, farms and entire ecosystems for ecological restoration. All across North
America and the tropics, SouthWoods has designed living systems for
residential and commercial food production. A complete ecologically
based strategy supporting long-term harvest and resilience. We supply
the expertise for your future prairie oasis, dry land sanctuary, or cold
climate paradise. Call us or fill out the inquiry on the contact page.
International projects have brought
important information and insight to our ecological design. Extreme
climates need deep thought, research, and strategies suited to the
environment and culture. I bring our design experience to these remote
sites and return with new stratagies for all the diverse conditions we
have here in the USA.
International and Professionally Accredited Permaculture Design for Residential, Homestead, and Broad Acre Systemss
Building Capacity in Soil, Water and Plant Systems for Designers, Families, Neighborhoods, and Community.
North American Site Assessment and Design
Minnesota, Texas, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Georgia,
Mississippi, California, Oregon, New York, Maryland, North Carolina,
Idaho, Canada - Ontario, Costa Rica - Turrialba and La Fortuna
Current International Consulting & Projects:
Ecological Restoration Camp Spain
AFENBO Village Design Haiti
Deing's Demonstration Farm Senegal
Fleri Farm Restoration Haiti
SouthWoods is located in the Spring Lake watershed and is a rich fertile island surrounded by wetlands. The permaculture principals are an integral part of every system at SouthWoods. They guide the decisions, enrich the soil , conserve and collect natural resources, build flora and fauna diversityy, and ensure the sustained capacity of the residents. SouthWoods is a living lab of design, plant systems and research.
In 2006 during the summer solstice, Geoff and Nadia Lawton of PRI Australia visited our homestead for a workshop for PRI/Cold Climate. More images can be seen at the 2006 blog (contact us page). Geoff helped us refine the berm and swale design. Nadia introduced us to some of our native plants that also grow in Jordan. Back for a visit in 2014, Geoff, Nadia, and family visited SouthWoods and six other sites in the USA to film cold climate strategies. We also celebrated ten years of permaculture at SouthWoods with an all day open house and book launch party for IFG.
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. What ever the climate or
setting, the desigb strategy will guide your solutions for abundance.
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.
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."
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