SouthWoods Forest Gardens and Design

Permaculture Design and Education for Residential, Homestead and Broad Acre Living

Building Capacity in Soil, Water and Plant Systems for Families, Neighborhoods, and Community.



Visit SouthWoods for demonstrations in agro-ecosystems and homestead design.






Look for SouthWoods at these conferences



  ACRES-Dec. 3-6,   Columbus, Ohio

  MNLA- Jan. 14-16,   Minneapolis, MN

  MOSES- Feb. 26-28, Lacrosse, WI

Professional Design Residency 

Applications being accepted for four to six week residencies.

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. 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.

"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

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