Daniel Halsey 

   Permaculture, & Ecological Restoration Designer

Building natural capital and biodiversity,

while raising the carrying capacity of the planet,


Using the book, Integrated Forest Gardening as the course text, students will work deeply with the supplied materials to build understanding of forest ecology and the integrated nature of plant systems.  Not only will participants understand, but practice the application of the knowledge in design exercises and on-line quizzes. Participants will enjoy 1:1 interaction with author/designer Daniel Halsey through detailed instructional videos, monthly live chats, and on-line discussions.

See 17 of new plant-guild case studies not included in book and those created by other classmates.

In this eCourse, you will:

  • • Understand the terminology used in plant systems.
  • • Recognize the structure of the integrated forest for healthy food.
  • • Learn the different ecological functions of plants and their uses.
  • • Practice site assessment to align your goals with the characteristics of the land.
  • • Design plant guilds with support and advise from Daniel Halsey.
  • • Use time-tested project management skills/techniques to create a successful integrated forest gardening homestead or business.

6 week eCOURSE available online beginning October , 2014 

Cost $180 and includes designer access to the Natural Capital Plant Database ($50 value). Book not included.

Course requirements:  access to a computer, internet services, graph paper, pencils, gum eraser, Circle templates, and a place to draw.

Students can use ecological functions and plant guilds to develop a personal design for an orchard system in their own space. Soil, plant types, varieties, grouping and beneficial habitat will be discussed.

As many as seven layers of production can be harvested from a small area. Through mid-summer into fall established plants will bare fruit, supply habitat, alternative food sources, and beautify the land.

We will discuss interplanted perennials and spring ephemerals. Developing the soil ecology needed to keep plants healthy and thriving. The anchor plant, usually a tree, will be supported by all the understory plants while they also yield food and ecological services. 

Class will be held through asynchronous presentations, allowing variable viewing times for convenient access to the lectures. All materials will be provided on-line.