Daniel Halsey 

An Agro-Ecosystem, Permaculture, & Ecological Restoration Designer

Building natural capital and biodiversity,

while raising the carrying capacity of the planet,

Develop a Resilient Design for a Restored Ecology with Changing Resources


     Build a Legacy of Sustainable Design for Generations to Come

Abundance by personal choice, cultural change, and ecological solutions.

SouthWoods develops and enhances the systems that nature uses to increase natural capital and raise the carrying capacity of the land. Following nature's patterns, systems, cycles, and the site specific requirements, we ensure a resilient trajectory to a stable ecosystem.

Base Map and Site Assessment

Resource Sitemaps are followed by concept maps for functional spaces. No detail yet, only the function and services from a specific area. All the areas must be in a relative location so water, nutrients, and materials can be cycled through the property. Recommendations are also made for improvements or enhancements of current conditons on the site.


  Transitioning long fallowed fields to woodland pasture, perennial crops, and orchards requires a multilayered agro-ecosystem design. After extensive site assessment accounting for climate, soil ecology, geology and existing ecological systems, we start by building low impact access to the functional spaces on the site and then develop water catchment systems for drought proofing. Client objectives and goals are integrated into a new agro-ecology with over yielding and multi-seasonal harvests, This is required to support the stewards of the land and the ecosystem that supports them. Plant selection is based on using species most suited to the climate and soils. Many of the plants are chosen because they build soil structure, provide beneficial habitat, and fertility supporting the anchor plants which are harvested for human consumption. Nutrients and organic matter is cycled back into the soil to maintain and build soil life. The landscape is now diverse and rich with habitat. It is an integrated forest garden, complete with small livestock to collect and spread nutrients across the landscape. A legacy landscape.

Final Design Concept

Basemaps are the foundation to developing good designs that fit the owner's goals,  property and the environment.

Accurate and deatiled basemaps are essential for measurements and calculations of materials. spacing of plants, positioning features, and easy access by the occupants.

Southwoods deliveres detailed and multi-layered basemaps to inform and inspire sustainable ecological design.

Basemap Services Information

Legacy Design builds an ecological system that will support the residents for generations adapting to climate change.

Design projects have expanded and taken the lead in our focus. SouthWoods participates in practicum training where invited and has foregone courses on-site. Video Presentations:  Ecological Design Strategy, Following Natures Patterns, Exceptions to our Understanding, Competitive Exclusion, Companion and Nurse Plants, managing disturbance, groundcovers, Micro-climates and Mushrooms, Banker Plants, Tasty Ground Covers, Plant Systems, Micro-Climate Peaches.