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With the hold on most of our projects and postponement of international travel, we are opening live, online sessions for training. This is an important time to develop our skills hello design solutions so we can be ready when called to help Bring sustainable resilience to our communities. Food production is going to be an important activity for all communities this summer. Also we want to develop our landscapes with good design principles. 


Join us on-line or on-site for an intense, life and career changing event. Designs for resilience can be many acres or a homestead food forest.

Each site has its own design solution to deliver the needed food, fibers, medicines, biodiversity, and higher capacity for increased harvest each year. Each site design is site and client specific. The process delivers that!

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Minnesota 2020 Homestead and

Landscape Design Series

Our 10th year of courses in Homestead and Landscape Design

Including Ecological Design Strategy and Technical Drawing

Five 4-hour Sessions, February

Four Saturdays 9 - 1pm, One Tuesday 5 - 9pm,


An intensive course with direct instruction for building design skills and practices.

Design your landscape working with nature. Our ecological landscape is filled with possibilities. Locked in the urban lot, fields, or broad acres may be the means to sustain an abundant lifestyle for growing food, collecting fresh rain water for drinking and reducing dependence on purchased resources. This series will unlock the ecological capital that abounds within the landscape and the neighborhood that surrounds it. Participants will be taught the skills and foresight needed to assess, concept and design a property into a perpetual harvest garden.  Learn ecological landscape design language and technique while using the permaculture design process to create a ecologically resilient residence and harvest abundant landscape. Small intensive design classes are limited to 12 tables. Register early. Classes will be held at the at SouthWoods in Prior Lake, MN. See details below. Any class can be taken individually, however the series is a progressive learning format building from all sessions.

The Assessment workshop and Homestead Design Series will culminate with each participant completing a personal homestead design ready for implementation. Make sure you keep time available outside of class to complete the assignments.

Instructor: Daniel Halsey, MPS, PRI Certified Designer and Instructor of Permaculture Design

The series will culminate with each participant completing a technical design ready for implementation. Make sure you keep time available outside of class to complete the assignments. Students working on a personal design for their property should purchase the site assessment workbook prior to the class.

  Who attends the SHLD series?

Landscapers, architects, landscape architects, home steaders, ecological designers, teachers, resource engineers, & home owners




Classes 1- 4 are 3 hour lectures, demonstrations, and practice sessions with extensive homework assignments (4-5 hrs)
Class 5 is a final design workshop finishing the concepts with plants, materials, and final critique.


Day 1 Homestead Design I: Base Plan and Homestead Site Assessment    
Day 2   Homestead Design II: Permaculture Concepts for the Sustained Homestead
Day 3   Homestead Design III: The Design Progression 
Day 4   Homestead Design IV: Concept and Draft Design Workshop
Day 5   Homestead Design V: Final Design and Supervised Work Session

Call SouthWoods for sponsoring a series at your location.  612-720-5001  

Homestead Design 1: Base Plan and Residential Site Assessment
Overview Paper Language, Bubble Maps, Concept, Draft, Final Draft, Final Design 
Assignment - Homestead Base Mapping Measurements Demonstration: Site Assessment and Base Mapping

Homestead Design 2: Permaculture Concepts for the Homestead
Classroom Pencil Practice: Tools, Landscape Symbols, Complete Your Base Map, and using Bum Wad. Assignment - Finish base map and start bubble maps. Demonstration: Access, Water Works, & Homestead Resources

Homestead Design 3: The Design Progression - Hardscapes, Uses, Access, Plant Patches
Classroom Pencil Practice: Refining the concepts, allowing natures energy flow to enhance soil fertility and  - Transfer bubble concepts to draft Design.  Demonstration: Systems Thinking and Design

Homestead Design 4: Draft Design Workshop - Spaces, Plants and Abundance

Style Demo, Practice and Supervised Work Session. Determining plant size

and placement, polycultures, ecological functions and seasonal access. Assignment - Complete draft design Demonstration: Polyculture Design, Ecological Facilitation, Resource Partitioning

Homestead Design 5: Final Design Process and Supervised Work Session

The final steps to a sustainable design: Plant Selection, Ground Covers, Material Calculations, Implementation Notes and Logistics Demonstration:  Plant Database Queries and Internet Resources Urban Design student materials list is provided below; some items will  need to be  purchased at a specialty art or office supply store. Design kits may be  rented during the course.


Materials List T-square 36”, Drafting tape, Triangles: 45-90 degree & 30-60 degree, Scissors Compass, Drafting pencils – HB, B, 2H, 4H, 8   Scale Ruler, Large and Small circle templates, Tube for carrying drawings, 8-scale graph paper; sheet size 24” x 36” (approx. 4 sheets), 24'x36' vellum paper , -2 sheets Bum wad paper, Glue stick or double-stick tape, Eraser, Black ink pens – minimum of 3 tips: narrow, medium, bold  (This is included in the rental fee).


Five 4-hour Sessions

4 Saturdays 9 - 1pm, Tuesday 5 - 9pm,


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

Limited tables so design classes are limited to 12 people*. Groups of 6 or more may have private classes.

Cost: Homestead Design Series   per person per table.  (Equip. Rental $40.00)

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*Professional designers will have optional assignments and exercises to qualify continuing education credits.