Please donate to support our ‘Plants to Save the Planet’ Project. The Project is directed at enabling designers of ‘carbon farms’ and ‘food forests’: agroecosystems of perennial plants, to choose the most appropriate plants for their requirements and site conditions. We are working on a subset of plants in the PFAF database identified as having the most potential for inclusion in such designs. We are adding search terms and icons to those plants pages, and providing a range of search options aligned to categories of plants and crop yields, with Help facilities including videos. More >>>

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Using the Plants For A Future plant database search for Food Forest design

The PFAF database search now has a new glossary item that allows you to search for food forest/forest garden plants quickly and easily from the homepage.

The search includes over 1000 plants commonly used in temperate food forests.

If you are using Dave Jacke's book Edible Forest Gardens or Martin Crawford's book Creating a Forest Garden: Working With Nature to Grow Edible Crops to design your food forest we already have 95% of the plants they include. Responsive image

Selecting food forest plants

Option. You can close one or more of the sections if you want to.

Food Forest Plant Selection

1. Scroll down the homepage until you reach the section 'Special Uses'.

2. Select the item 'Food Forest'. At the moment you can only select one item, so for example, you cannot also choose 'Nitrogen Fixer'. We hope to improve this soon.

Food Forest Plant choice

3. To narrow down your search for plants, you can also use the properties section. For example, you may only want shrubs or trees and have a size in mind.

Food Forest Plant Properties

Towards the top of the database search, you can also choose the edible and medicinal rating, which is from Minor (1) to Great (5).

Food Forest edible and medicinal

The search button is at the bottom of the table. You can also reset your plant search here

Food Forest edible and medicinal search

The database is handy for designing perennial permaculture gardens, forest gardens and food forest guilds.

You may also want to use the visual reference pages at Food Forest Plants


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