Sustainable Permaculture Demonstration and Education Farm

Private room

2 guests

1 bedroom

2 beds
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About this listing

SouthWoods is located in the Spring Lake watershed and is a rich woodland island surrounded by wetlands. The residence is a large log home with access to woodland spaces and the oak savanna landscape. Visitors learn permaculture principals.

The space

SouthWoods is the 25 acre permaculture demonstration farm. We have continuous classes for our guests and course participants. This is a traditional wood home with modern energy saving features and systems. We accommodate 4 people with shared rooms.

Guest access

Guess have access to the great room with a large fireplace and comfortable couches and chairs. A wonderful place to quietly relax and read, or write. The grounds are accessible with paths and spaces to sit and watch nature. The orchards and gardens are available for study and harvest when in season.

Interaction with guests

The library is filled with books on sustainable agriculture and living systems. Your host will be happy to give you a tour of the property and opportunity to take part in the current projects and daily chores.

Other things to note

We have cats that roam inside and outside the living space. This is a working farm. Proper clothing and footwear is advised.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 2 (Shared bathroom)
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: 2PM - 12AM (midnight)
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Some pet(s)
Room type: Private room


Cleaning Fee: 49
Security Deposit: 282
Weekly Discount: 20%
Weekend Price: 211 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed, 1 single bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed, 1 couch

House Rules
Check in time is 2PM - 12AM (midnight)

No smoking, no drugs, and no hard liquor use anywhere on the property. Quiet time starts at 10 PM. We are stewards of the land and expect guests to act accordingly.



Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 24 hours of your trip and the first night is non-refundable.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

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Spring Lake, Minnesota, United StatesJoined in December 2014
Daniel User Profile

Daniel Halsey is a certified permaculture designer and teacher for the Permaculture Research Institute, Australia. Daniel graduate from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Temperate Climate Polyculture Design and a Masters of Professional Studies in Horticuture. He has co-authored three books on sustainable design including Integrated Forest Gardening, 2014.

Dan is the director of PRI/USA, a non-profit service organization.

Dan and Ginny live on a twenty-five acre wetland oak savannah, called SouthWoods, where they have manage self-sustaining forest gardens of fruiting trees, shrubs and nut crops. SouthWoods incorporates permaculture principals in all aspects of living.

Teaching Experience:
Teaching Specialist, University of Minnesota
PRI/AU Certified International Instructor and Designer
Haiti Permaculture PDC, Kobanal and Gonaive 2012-13
Permaculture in Design, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Homestead and Landscape Design Workshop, Milwaukee and Victoria, B.C.
Digital and Internet Resources for Permaculture Design,
Permaculture in Design, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

University of Minnesota, Temperate Climate Polyculture Design, BS
University of Minnesota, Horticulture, MPS
Permaculture Research Institute, Australia, Certification in Permaculture Design 2006
USAID consultant, Beirut, Lebanon 2014
Sustainable Homestead Designer, Costa Rica 2014
Sustainable Agriculture Instructor, Haiti 2012, 2013

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