Daniel Halsey

Beneficial Habitat: Beetle Banks

Large expanses and widening fields for crop production have substantially limited the access of beneficial insects to field crop prey. The ecological services provided by naturally occurring pest predators is increasingly impeded spatially as the fields grow. The field edges, being the over-wintering and refuge for beneficial insects, are the primary source of conservation pest management in many crops. As much as 35% of pest management and crop protection comes […]

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North American Permaculture Convergence 2014

by Daniel Halsey North America’s first convergence may not have had the flash of a renaissance festival, but the content of the presentations and conversations eclipsed even the intermittent thunderstorms and driving rain. Brilliant minds, diplomatic discourse, and energy. The 2014 North American convergence was held at Harmony Park in southern Minnesota, USA. Attendees at the convergence were treated to an early and intense thunderstorm and tornado watch, as is […]

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The Natural Capital Plant Database

by Daniel Halsey The database is working very well and I encourage all permaculture designers to try it out. Especially the spreadsheet download. Let me know if you would like free access for a time to try it out. The Natural Capital™ Plant Database is a repository of plant information for ecological design. Our partner designers have combined the best sources of plant research and documentation in order to provide […]

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Aesthetics and the New Culture, Permaculture

by Daniel Halsey Illustration: Cecilia Macaulay Aesthetic: a branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of beauty, art, and taste and with the creation and appreciation of beauty. — Merriam-Webster Since the permaculture design process, or any design process, is influenced by the designer’s personal values, we need to assess our aesthetic defaults. We need to critically examine and reevaluate why we act the way we do and how decisions […]

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Fascine, Revetments, and Wattle Hurdle

by Daniel Halsey This year I have been in Haiti after a downgraded hurricane, and then in New Jersey a week after Sandy. While in New Jersey two tornadoes passed by my old house. What do they have in common? In each case water was being limited in its flow by developement or the removal of natural structures that diffuse its energy. While working in Haiti and trying to build […]

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