Daniel Halsey 

An Agro-Ecosystem, Permaculture, &  Ecological Restoration Designer

Building natural capital and biodiversity,

while raising the carrying capacity of the planet,

 Integrated Forest Gardening Workshop

Backyard Orchards and Woodland Harvests

Food forests and forest gardening bring together the best ecological systems that allow us sustainable, low input, and high-yield harvests.  Forests and woodlands exist in almost every climate to some extent. In temperate northern climates we have the best resources and environment for a wide selection of plants and trees.  This forest gardening presentation will focus on site assessment, resilient plant systems, poly-culture design, and assembling the best species suited for each participant’s property.

Friday Night Presentation: Building a Forest Garden       

Full Day Design Course: Backyard Orchards and Broad Acre Forest Gardening

Case Studies of Permaculture Design and the Design Process. Basemap Development for Your Food Forest Design. Ecological Functions, Polycultures and Building Plant Guilds, Site Assessment, Conditions, Plant Selection, and Placement 

Students will have Designer Access to the Natural Capital Plant Database for the duration of the course.  Public access will be available thereafter.

Course Fee:  $225.00  Includes Saturday, Sunday sessions, all materials, light lunch, and snack. Bring your beverage of choice.

Course Fee Options:

!!! Participants should bring:  A laptop, aerial images, property survey or documents, and/or measurements of the property and planting areas.

Where: SouthWoods Forest Gardens, 17766 Langford Blvd, Prior Lake, MN 55372



Limited tables so design classes are limited to 12 people.

Books and bundles available: 

  • Integrated Forest Gardening, by Weiseman, Halsey, and Ruddock
  • Permaculture: A Designers Manual, by Bill Mollison
  • Sustanable Revolution, by Juliana Birnbaum and Louis Fox



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, Micr-climates and Mushrooms, Banker Plants, Tasty Ground Covers, Plant Systems, Micro-Climate Peaches.