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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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SouthWoods Permaculture Community Gardens


  • Valley Natural Foods, Burnsville, MN
  • Wolk Park, Burnsville, MN
  • The School of Environmetal Studies, Apple Valley, ,MN
  • Woodhill - Urban Agriculture Research and Education Center, Burnsville, MN
  • Little Earth of United Tribes, Minneapolis, MN
  • Talequah Community Garden, Northeast University of Nebraska
  • Teen Challenge Residence, Minneapolis, MN
  • Edgewood Midde School, Mounds View, MN
  • Linwood Park, Summit Hill Neighborehood Association, St. Paul, MN (Spring 2013)
  • SouthWoods Community Garden, Prior Lake, MN (Member Garden Group)

Gardener Application




There are no grids in nature and everything is defined by relationships.

SouthWoods' Community Gardens use  integrated pest management and are designed for perpetual harvests. Installation is low cost. Management is easy. Community is supported and educated. The design may seem like a work of aesthetic art with some symmetrical formula at hand, but it is a naturally occurring pattern that nature provides in the structure of cells, plants, andsystems. Southwood's designs are based on natural patterns and themovement of energy within an area using the least energy for the most gain. That is what nature demands for fitness and resilience. Our gardens are front loaded with complexity, making them easier to manage and adapt to local conditions. The pattern may look similar, but the materials and the earth used drives new and differing uses with each implementation.

Community Garden planning, design, and installations begin at $2500.00



SouthWoods offers design, training and workshops for community garden installation and management.

This garden design emphasizes the use of soil space for production and reduces the path area and bare soil.

Plots are intensely planted with diversity and polycultures. Smaller individual plots are easier to maintain with field crops being reserved to the exterior. This design allows for demonstration plots and techniques at the entrance.

SouthWoods provides all documentation and material lists for organizations building a garden community. The garden supports the gardeners.


The SouthWoods Perpetual Community Garden is custom designed to fit the community space it is allowed and create the most benefit from the least expense. The design creates community. The design includes 33 planting beds, 200' x 6' vegetated fencing area, 5 potato towers and trellises.


Experienced garden installers will assit your group in raising the garden and completing its development. All materials are delivered on-site. All compost, mulch and hardware is included.

Training and Education

Planting guides and group workshops will ensure the success of each gardener. Garden hosts will be assisted in managing the garden space and soil health.

Seaonal Management

Once the systemn is in place, gardeners will enjoy renewing their interest in gardening. The keyhole beds allow for intense planting. Our trained garden managers can help with registration, maintenence, oversight, and helping new and seasoned gardeners with techniques and skills to ensure a good harvest. Gardebn management starts long before the planting season and extands long after the last harvest. Perpetual yields means soil care and good stewdardship by all. Our garden manager will supervise weeding, thinning, and assist spaces that have been abandonded so the beauty of the garden will be sustained.

Littlel Earth Community Garden

The keyhole beds allow for easy access and harvest. Community gardeners  learn from each other through observation and visiting.

 Perpetual Harvest Garden Rules

  1. Use annuals in the planting beds. Inquire about perennial options.
  2. Plan to plant by June 1, or it will be given to another gardener.
  3. Keep your plot clean, and help maintain common areas, paths and fence lines.
  4. Conserve water, don't waste it. Hand watering only, no hoses.
  5. Trellises are allowed only in the field crop area and provided upon request
  6. Plant cages must not exceed 30 inches. Vine crops are not allowed in keyhole beds.
  7. Woven crop covers may be used. 
  8. No chemical pesticides or herbicides.
  9. All pre-approved fertilizers must be organic and used in moderation.
  10. Prepare your plot for winter by November 10th. Clean up. Protect your soil from erosion.
  11. Abosultely no pets in the garden area.
  12. No smoking in the garden area. Tobacco Mosaic Virus can be transfered by hands and cigarettes.
  13. Guests, family, and children must be supervised at all time and avoid grazing.
  14. Do not enter other's planting beds or beneficial habitat areas.
  15. Harvest Proptly, this reduces disease, pests, and theft. Gardens with rotting and fallen fruit will be composted
  16. Maintain the plot reasonably free of weeds. Weeds spread to other plots if not managed. Two weed warnings are allowed.
  17.  After two consecutive warnings, the bed will be composted or transferred.
  18. This is a No Till garden. Gas and electric weeders or tillers are not allowed.

Gardener Guidelines

  1. One plot per family/household. Unless extra plots become available.
  2. You must be physically able to do garden work and navigate the gardens.
  3. You must be able to communicate with email, with one person as the designated contact.
  4. Participate with best practices to maintain priority status for next year
  5. Accept and abide by directives from the designated Garden Managers. The Garden Managers have the responsibility to make decisions concerning issues at the gardens as they arise.
  6. Maintain courteous relations with other gardeners, neighbors, wildlife, and managers.
  7. Use sustainable methods of production (no synthetic pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides).
  8. Inter-plant intensively and with diversity. Try not to plant in rows, but cover the entire bed as in the planting guide.
  9. Use communal compost, mulch, and water in “moderate” quantities.
  10. Keep your plant material within the confines of your own plot.
  11. Expect to do physical work, primarily with hand tools.
  12. Assist as needed on group work days.
  13. Bring your own drinking water. You are welcome to lounge in your garden or in common areas.
  14. Dress for weather and protect youself from heat and sun.
  15. Arrive to work in the gardens after sun-up and depart no later than dusk.
  16. Be kind to visitors.
  17. There are no restrooms on site.
  18. There is no electricity available on the site.
  19. Suppress weeds with mulch and conserve water.
  20. Help create and maintain a working compost pile.
  21. Interplanting Reduces Pests
  22. Use open pollinated plant seeds