We rely on donations from our users to keep maintaining and extending our free-to-use database of over 8000 edible and useful plants. Currently we are also investing time and effort in preparing two new books on plants suitable for food forests in different warmer climate conditions, to complement the one we published in 2021 on temperate food forests, which has been very well received. Please give what you can to help us complete this work. More >>>

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We continue to pursue our ‘Plants to save the planet’ project, which began five years ago. We have achieved the targets we set ourselves to align our database with strategies being implemented elsewhere for ‘carbon sequestration’ and for designing ‘carbon farming’ and ‘food forests’: agroecosystems of perennial plants. We added 700 plants for mainly tropical conditions from an important source book by Eric Toensmeier [1] and many more temperate plants from Dave Jacke’s book on Edible Forest Gardens[2]. We also added indicators to highlight plants which are good for Carbon Farming, Carbon Sequestration and inclusion in a Food Forest, and extended the search facilities to access these new terms. 



This development work enabled us to produce an easy-to-use reference book Plants For Your Food Forest, a guide to choosing plants to meet your own objectives, to fulfil your own Food Forest design. This book was published in July 2021 and has been well received. Work is now underway to extend our coverage of useful plants suitable for tropical and sub-tropical conditions, and to introduce more usage categories throughout the database. This year we hope to be able to produce a companion book on plants for tropical Food Forests.



Our overall aim is to help raise awareness and promote the concepts of Food Forests and Carbon Farming by providing a free comprehensive information source to decision makers and influencers on land use at all levels. We think this is an important area of focus for PFAF because Food Forests and complementary locally-based enterprises could be an important element in starting to bring about the widespread changes in lifestyle now urgently needed to confront the worldwide ecological crisis. We need to move away from globalised commerce, damaging intensive industrialised agriculture, switch from meat and dairy to plant-based foods, and encourage local communities and businesses that support the common good. Getting involved with a food forest project is one way to be part of the fight-back against the global emergency that cannot be ignored any longer.



PFAF employs someone who is both a specialist in plant information and in technical aspects of database and website design and development. There is also a need to look after the day-to-day operation of the database and website, without which it would quickly become inoperative or unstable. Previous experience has shown that this can’t be done properly by unpaid volunteers, no matter how skilled or committed they are. 



We get some income by selling our books, and from online advertising, but they are unpredictable and together they produced less than half of what we needed last year. Given the 'alternative' nature of our operation, there is no realistic prospect of obtaining grant funding to meet our on-going costs. We have always managed to do a lot with very little money, and all PFAF’s management and admin tasks are done on a voluntary basis, but we still need a regular flow of donations from our individual users and supporters. Any surplus income not required for everyday expenses will go towards our long-held ambition to be able to help people get their Food Forest project started by awarding them ‘seed funding’.



Please give what you can to keep Plants For A Future properly funded at this crucial time for the future of the planet.



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[1] Eric Toensmeier, The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Securit (Vermont: Chelsea Green, 2016)

[2] Dave Jacke, Edible Forest Gardens: Ecological Design and Practice for Temperate Climate Permaculture (Vermont: Chelsea Green, 2005)


 Carbon farming Books




Now available: PLANTS FOR YOUR FOOD FOREST: 500 Plants for Temperate Food Forests and Permaculture Gardens.

An important new book from PFAF. It focuses on the attributes of plants suitable for food forests, what each can contribute to a food forest ecosystem, including carbon sequestration, and the kinds of foods they yield. The book suggests that community and small-scale food forests can provide a real alternative to intensive industrialised agriculture, and help to combat the many inter-related environmental crises that threaten the very future of life on Earth.

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