Daniel Halsey  Agro-Ecosystem,

Ecological Restoration,

and Homestead Designer

Building natural capital and biodiversity,

while raising the carrying capacity of the planet,

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United Designers Design Templates and Plant Symbol Libraries

SouthWoods Design Libraries are used to help you standardize your design process in Adobe IllustratorTM.

Consistent and clean design will reduce fatigue and your design tasks and help create an easily read presentation. The scale symbols are simple and easy to read and may be modified once placed on the design (if necessary) All symbols are scaled to 1:20 or 1 inch equals 20 feet. Getting all your artwork and this standard scale will speed up your design process. The final artwork is later resized in your "title block" file (see the associated video "Working in a Standardized Scale").

United Designers AI Symbol Library Subscription Service

  1. Large Trees (over 30')
  2. Small Trees
  3. Shrubs
  4. Perennials
  5. Temperate Climate Polycultures
  6. Tropical Plant Polycultures
  7. Terrace Polycultures

Each file contains plant symbols by species, blank symbols for additional plants, and an annotated listing within the symbol menu.

Designers using the Natural Capital Plant Database can request unlisted symbols for their projects. The Library is a living document with new symbols being added all the time. Subscribers can update their library when new symbols are uploaded.

  Purchase one library or subscribe to all libraries and receive skype consultations with the Pro-Designer Package

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Files will be sent as attachement.

All artwork, images and symbols are copyrighted by the creators and are licensed for your personal use in business or home. Please support our work and do not share the files with others. 


SouthWoods Design Series Site Assessment Workbook

This is a 40 page guide and design series companion workbook for site and personal assessment.It asks the questions and helps you get organized for finding, designing, and developing a sustainable and productive permaculture homestead.

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The Natural Capital plant database created for designers by designers. It provides plant lists formatted for your design process, selections for your environmental conditons, and detail pages for your land portfolio.  Select the level of access you prefer below. All plant data is free to peruse, search and spreadsheet services are fee based.


  New 2012 Edition by Bill Mollison 

  Permaculture:  A Designers Manual    $90.00 plus $8.00 optional shipping

  The book that started and supports the permaculture movement. A must read for everyone.

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Design projects have expanded and talken 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.