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Food Forests and Polycultures Design Conference


Food forests and forest gardening bring together the best ecological systems that allow us regenerative and high-yield harvests. In temperate northern climates we have the best resources and environment for a wide selection of plants and trees. Learn how we can create functional, beautiful and regenerative spaces.

Lead by Dan Halsey of PRI-USA, this two-day course will focus on the permaculture design process and drawing skills within that context. We will be looking at cold climate strategies as solution and use the pencil process to develop professional level presentations of designs.

Topics include

  • Site Assessment, Data Mining, Case Studies of Permaculture Design

  • Design Process, Drawing and Basemap Development, Drawing plant symbols and polycultures

  • Ecological Systems and Polycultures, Building Plant Guilds, Grouping for Functional Plant Systems

  • Practice and personal site design adaptation

About the Team

Daniel Halsey is a certified permaculture and professional agro-ecosystems designer. Daniel has a Bachelor of Science degree in Temperate Climate Polyculture Design and a Masters of Professional Studies in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota. He is hired nationally and internationally to design private homesteads, intentional communities, and broad-acre transition. He teaches in Haiti, Lebanon (Beirut), Costa Rica, Canada, across the United States, and 2015 will also be teaching in Scotland, England, Alaska, and Australia. Dan is also managing director of PRI/USA.

RC Regenerative is a Twin Cities-based education and design firm focused on urban and social permaculture. RCR is the facilitator of the annual Big River Urban Permaculture Design Course in Minneapolis.