Our new book Edible Shrubs is now available.

Edible Shrubs provides detailed information, attractively presented, on over 70 shrub species. They have been selected to provide a mix of different plant sizes and growing conditions. Most provide delicious and nutritious fruit, but many also have edible leaves, seeds, flowers, stems or roots, or they yield edible or useful oil.

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Edible Shrubs Book
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At the beginning of 2018 our income was at a low point and we decided we needed to put out a special appeal to our users for at least £10,000 to get our finances back in balance. By the end of July the appeal had raised £8,500. This is great and we are very grateful to all those who have contributed. But we'd like to push on to hit and perhaps exceed our target. We are continuing to improve the plants database and all the money we have is put to good use. Please give what you can.

Plants For A Future (PFAF) is a small not-for-profit UK-based charity organisation. For nearly twenty years PFAF has been providing a free information service on edible plants and those with medicinal and other useful properties. Since 2010 we have added many more useful plants to our database, including those that favour tropical or sub-tropical conditions.  We’ve also improved the presentation of the information provided for each plant, and enhanced the search functions.  We are very grateful for the donations you’ve made over the years to enable this to happen.  We are hoping to be able to add nearly 400 more plants this year, particularly those identified by Eric Toensmeier as important for addressing climate change by drawing down carbon from the atmosphere.

The content and presentation of our website has also been improved.  This enhancement work is done by specialists in plant information and in technical aspects of database and website design and development.  In order to keep the database and website in good order we also need to employ someone to look after its day to day operation, without which it would quickly become inoperative or corrupt.  All this costs money - previous experience has shown that it can’t be done properly by unpaid volunteers, no matter how skilled or committed they are.  But we are very careful with what little money we have, and we are fortunate enough to have found excellent people who work for us at modest rates of pay because they are committed to what PFAF is doing.

For the past nine years we have been funding our annual deficits by dipping into our reserves: one-off ‘windfall' funds obtained from the sale of land originally purchased for an EcoVillage when that vision could not be realised.  These funds are now much depleted. Our main source of income is donations from users of the Plants Database, which have recently been at an all-time low.  We also get revenue by selling database copies and our own books, and from online advertising, but none of these is significant, and book sales in particular have reduced markedly, partly because we have not produced a new book for three years.  Given the 'alternative' nature of our operation, there is no realistic prospect of obtaining grant funding to meet our on-going costs.

Our plans for 2018 include producing a new book/ebook to our normal high standards on ‘Edible Shrubs’, which will fill a gap in our portfolio. We intend to follow this up next year with a new publication on the experiences of people and innovative projects known to us that are focussed on growing edible perennials.  We think this will provide useful practical information to PFAF users and will hopefully rekindle interest in our other publications.

But the bottom line is that we urgently need an uplift in the level of donations from our users.  When we were at a low point in 2014 a special appeal raised £10,000, which made all the difference then.  We need a similar amount now to get our finances back in balance.  Please give what you can.

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