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
capacity of the residents. SouthWoods is a living lab of design, plant
systems and research. SouthWoods' PRI/Australia certified instructors teach the accredited Mollison PDC curriculum. Graduates earn the PRI/AU PDC certificate and are internationally registered and recognized. SouthWoods is the home of the non-profit PRI/USA, the fiscal agent and adviser for PRI master plan sites in the United States.
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 startegies. We also celebtated ten years of permaculture at SouthWoods with an all day open house and book launch party for IFG.
Integrated Forest Gardening (Click here)
The Complete Guide to Polycultures and Plant Guilds in Permaculture Systems
I am excitd 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.
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