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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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.

We began the preparatory work for our ‘Plants to Save the Planet’ project three years ago. This involves aligning our database with strategies being implemented elsewhere for ‘carbon sequestration’ and for designing ‘carbon farming’ and ‘food forests’: agroecosystems of perennial plants. We are working on a subset of 1326 plants in the PFAF database, that feature in the species matrices in two important books. 700 plants for mainly tropical conditions come from The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security by Eric Toensmeier and 626 temperate plants from Edible Forest Gardens: Ecological Design and Practice for Temperate Climate Permaculture by Dave Jacke. We are adding icons to highlight plants which are good for Carbon Farming, Carbon Sequestration and inclusion in a Food Forest, and making relevant extended search facilities available to access these new terms. We also plan to develop a facility for users to save a ‘favourites list’, and separately we are currently consulting users on what form of local/downloadable subset of the PFAF database would be useful. (More details on the aims of ‘Plants to Save the Planet’ on our blog: https://pfaf.org/plants/.)

We think this is an important project that could make a difference at a time when the need for widespread practical action to address the many inter-related crises that threaten the very future of life on Earth is finally being recognised.

This 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. We are very careful with what little money we have, and 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 ten years when deficits have occurred we have relied on dipping into our reserves: one-off ‘windfall’ funds obtained when it was decided to sell land originally purchased for an eco-village project, that was never fully developed and could no longer be sustained. These funds are now much depleted.

We get some revenue by selling our own books, and from online advertising, but together they only provided 15% 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. So our main source of income is donations from users of the Plants Database. This year we need donations of £12,000 or equivalent to keep going. Please give what you can to support our work.

 

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