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.



Scheduled Workshops:

Homestead Design Series, Sept - Oct

Advancd Permaculture and           Professional Design Residency      Applications being accepted: On-going starts for four - six week residencies start every two weeks.


Homestead and Harvest Design

The landscape is filled with possibilities. Hidden in your property are the ecological services to sustain an abundant lifestyle, for growing your food, collecting fresh rain water for drinking and reducing your dependence on purchased resources. This series will unlock the ecological capital that abounds within your landscape and the ecology that surrounds you. It will give you the skills and foresight needed to assess, concept, and design your property into a perpetual harvest garden.  Learn ecological landscape design language and technique while using the permaculture design process to create a ecologically balanced residence and abundant lifestyle.
Check the Education Page above for more details.

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.


  Available July 29th:  Integrated Forest Gardening (Click here)

   The Complete Guide to Polycultures and Plant Guilds in Permaculture Systems

"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



Call for further details on services and courses:  -    612-720-5001