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 have recently completed a survey and research project on the 'The Field'.

The surveyors’ aims were:

1. to identify significant trees, shrubs and ground layer plants growing in the Field, record as
much information as possible about them, and tag them for future reference, be it action or
research; to create from that information records that could be useful for the future
management of the Field;

2. to create accurate maps of the Field, with National Grid coordinates for nearly all the
labelled plants marked on them, to ensure they are easy to find in future ;

3. to assess the general condition of the native woodland, which makes up half of the area of
the Field, and record any possible harvests from the trees therein;

4. to assess the ecological health of the Field by way of bird and invertebrate surveys;

5. to interview as many of the current and previous participants in the Field experiment, in
order to gather as much general information about the experiment as possible.

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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