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Plants For A Future Newsletter
March 2014
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Plantes Comestibles.
Edible Plants: French Translation
Edible Plants Book

Plantes Comestibles: Le guide pour vous inspirer a choisir et cultiver des plantes comestibles hors du commun

La traduction française du livre Plantes comestibles (Edible Plants) est maintenant disponible! Partagez ce lien avec vos amis.

List Price: $24.50 USD (approx £15 GBP and €18 Euro depending on local taxes etc).
Il existe plus de 20 000 espèces de plantes comestibles dans le monde et pourtant, 90% de notre régime alimentaire ne se compose que d'une vingtaine. Pourtant, des centaines de plantes comestibles moins connues, venant du monde entier sont à la fois délicieuses et très nutritives.

Nous sommes convaincus que les plantes peuvent répondre à la majorité de nos besoins, tout en respectant la santé de notre planète. Un large éventail de plantes peuvent être cultivées pour satisfaire tous nos besoins alimentaires et bien d'autres encore, tout en offrant une grande diversité d'habitats pour la faune et la flore.

Cet ouvrage vous fera découvrir comment cultiver et utiliser quelques-unes de ces plantes moins connues, en particulier les plantes vivaces.

French Translation of our book Edible Plants. Available from the shop and Amazon
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PFAF LogoAnnual Appeal 2014 Plants For A Future

We have over 100,000 visitors each month, but in the whole of 2013 less than £1,000 was raised from donations. We rely on donations and cannot continue to maintain our database and website unless this increases considerably in 2014. Please make a donation today.

More information on our financial position

The DatabasePlants For A Future (PFAF) is a small not-for-profit UK based charity organisation. For fifteen years PFAF has been providing a free information service on edible plants and those with medicinal and other useful properties. Over the past four years we have improved the content and presentation of the site to bring it into line with the expectations of current internet users. To do this we have employed specialists in plants and in technical aspects of database and website design and development – people who work for us at modest rates of pay because they are committed to what PFAF is doing.

All this has been paid for mainly using ‘windfall’ funds received five years ago 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 - the land became a nature reserve. However, these funds are now almost used up. Apart from donations our only other sources of income are sales of database copies and books, and online advertising, but none of this is significant. Given the ‘alternative’ nature of our operation, there is no realistic prospect of obtaining grant funding to meet our on-going costs.

So if we are to continue to improve and extend the database and to make it available free of charge, from now on we really need our supporters to be more generous with their donations. If each regular user gave as little as £5 or $10 a year, we’d be able to continue the free information service for many more years to come.

You can donate by creditcard or Paypal in any currency. Please follow the link below to donate

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Chris Marsh

Treasurer and Trustee

The Plants For a Future website and database
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Plants For A Future Newsletter
November 2013
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New Book: Edible Trees
New Book Edible Trees From PFAF
Edible Trees: 50 Top Trees From Plants For A Future
Authored by Plants For A Future
List Price: $24.99 USD (approx £15.50 GBP and €18.50 Euro depending on local taxes etc).
A practical and inspirational guide from Plants For A Future on how to grow and harvest trees with edible and other useful produce.
In this book we describe 50 of our favourite edible trees, each one illustrated and arranged alphabetically by common name. Complementing the images is a physical description of each species, and information on their origin, growth-habit, preferred hardiness zone, edible and medicinal ratings, known hazards, weed potential, propagation, care and cultivation.
Available from the shop and Amazon
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Woodland Gardening
Woodland Gardening: Designing a low-maintenance, sustainable edible woodland garden with fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables
Authored by Plants For A Future
List Price: $21.50 USD (approx £14 GBP and €16.50 Euro depending on local taxes etc).
In a woodland garden everything grows together in a way that is very similar to a natural woodland but with the trees and shrubs all bearing edible crops, and with many different edible herbs and vegetables growing under them. Instead of battling against nature, this is a garden that works in harmony with it...
 
Available from the shop and Amazon
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Edible Plants
Edible Plants Book
Edible Plants: An inspirational guide to choosing and growing unusual edible plants
Authored by Plants For A Future
List Price: $21.50 USD (approx £14 GBP and €16.50 Euro depending on local taxes etc).
This book describes and provides advice on growing some of the lesser known and unusual edible plants, with an emphasis on perennials. Information includes: Alternative Fruits and Root Crops, Edible Leaves, Edible Flowers, Winter Salads, Staple Seed Crops and Useful Weeds.
 
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Plants For A Future Newsletter
April 2013
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New Book: Edible Plants
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Edible Plants: An inspirational guide to choosing and growing unusual edible plants
Authored by Plants For A Future
List Price: $21.50 USD (approx £14 GBP and €16.50 Euro depending on local taxes etc).
This book describes and provides advice on growing some of the lesser known and unusual edible plants, with an emphasis on perennials. Information includes: Alternative Fruits and Root Crops, Edible Leaves, Edible Flowers, Winter Salads, Staple Seed Crops and Useful Weeds.
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New Book: Woodland Gardening
Woodland Gardening: Designing a low-maintenance, sustainable edible woodland garden with fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables
Authored by Plants For A Future
List Price: $21.50 USD (approx £14 GBP and €16.50 Euro depending on local taxes etc).
In a woodland garden everything grows together in a way that is very similar to a natural woodland but with the trees and shrubs all bearing edible crops, and with many different edible herbs and vegetables growing under them. Instead of battling against nature, this is a garden that works in harmony with it...
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Coming Soon: June 2013
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Edible Trees: 50 Top Trees From Plants For A Future
Authored by Plants For A Future
List Price: $21.50 USD (approx £14 GBP and €16.50 Eur)
Woodland/Forest/Organic Gardening
8.5" x 11" (21.59 x 27.94 cm)
Full Color on White paper 72 pages

Due June 2013
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Plants For A Future Newsletter

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Search Functionality Welcome to Plants For A Future’s Summer Newsletter

1.    New Search Functionality
2.    Updates: Safe Use of Plants
3.    Fundraising: PFAF 2012 Appeal
4.    Leaflets in PDF format to download
4.    Twitter
6.    Image Update
7.    Your Story
8.    Website Tips



New Search Functionality

The Properties Section has now been combined with the Uses Section to allow more complex and useful searches.

Search FunctionalityThe Plants For A Future website has a search page where you can search for plants with various uses and properties. The old search functionality allowed you to search for plants by ‘Uses’ (medicinal, edible or other) OR by ‘Properties’ (type of plant, size, soil required etc). The Properties Section has now been combined with the Uses Section to allow more complex and useful searches. The new search functionality also lets you include ‘Edible and Medicinal Ratings’ and ‘Plant Parts’ in a search.

video  A video of how to use the new search functionality can be found here

For example, if you wanted: a plant for a hedge (other uses), with a Medicinal Rating of 3,4, or 5, a Medicinal Use of Aromatherapy, with an Edible Use as a Tea, that Attracts Wildlife (Special Use) and is a shrub between 1-2m tall the database search results show Lavandula angustifolia and Rosmarinus officinalis. Magic!


Chris Marsh, Trustee New information on the safe use of plants

We are researching and updating the ‘known hazards’ section on individual plant pages in the database to ensure safe use of plants. Herbal Medicines have the reputation of being gentler, less invasive, and more ‘natural’ than modern prescription medicine. However there can be risks that should be taken into account when using plants. New information includes: precautions, side effects, and information on effects when combined with western medicines.

 

 


Fundraising – The PFAF 2012 Appeal

Chris Marsh, Trustee'For over ten years Plants For A Future has been providing a free information service on edible plants and those with medicinal and other useful properties. Since 2009 we have improved the content and presentation of the plants database to bring it into line with the expectations of current internet users. To do this we have employed specialists in plants and in technical aspects of database and website design and development - people who work for us at modest rates of pay because they are committed to what PFAF is doing. This has been paid for using 'windfall' funds obtained when it was decided to sell land originally purchased for an eco-village project, that could no longer be sustained (it became a nature reserve). However, these funds are being rapidly used up, and if we are to continue to improve and extend the database and to make it available free of charge, from now on we really need our users to be more generous with their donations. If every user gave as little as £5 or $10 a year, we'd be able to continue the free information service for many more years to come. Of course, not everyone using the site will feel able to contribute, so please give what you can to keep PFAF going.'

Chris Marsh
Treasurer and Trustee

 

Total so far 17.7%Since starting the appeal in November 2011 we’ve raised £3185 ($5094 USD) which is 17.7% of our target  £18,000 (approx $28,000 USD). All donations to the charity for next year will be for: a part-time person for plant research, administration, website development/maintenance; Technical improvements to the website; Website costs including hosting and domain names.

The payment methods should allow you to be able to pay in any currency if you would like to financially contribute to PFAF: Donate Page.

PFAF has a JustGiving account so if you would like to help us through a sponsored event (for example a sponsored run) you can sign up at: http://www.justgiving.com/pfaf

It’s easy (and completely free) to set up a fundraising page for Plants For A Future on JustGiving. It only takes 60 seconds to get up and running. For more information please visit http://www.justgiving.com/about-us/how-it-works/for-fundraisers

A huge thank you for all the recent very generous donations.


Leaflets in PDF format

We have designed a number of leaflets, based on our web pages that can be viewed off line. The leaflets will be available for downloading soon from the website. Some leaflets are already available on Twitter and Facebook.


Twitter Account

Total so far 17.7% PFAF have now finally started to twitter! Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters, known as "tweets". Jack Dorsey the creator of Twitter on looking for a name was quoted saying;

"...we came across the word 'twitter', and it was just perfect. The definition was 'a short burst of inconsequential information,' and 'chirps from birds'. And that's exactly what the product was."

You can follow our Plants For A Future tweets at:  http://twitter.com/#!/PFAF_Tweets


Image Update

We’ve completed sourcing and adding available images to plants in the plant database (7422 plants on the last count) with over 12000 images added. If you have plant images that are missing from the database please send them to admin@pfaf.org

Adding Images to web pages
Images have been added to most of the 60 information web pages. We aim to complete this task next month.


Links page improved

The links page has been improved by adding a drop-down navigation system Link Page.

 

What’s happening on Facebook & Twitter

Every week on Facebook and Twitter we have a Plant Of The Week and Page of the week. We also include other current information on PFAF. You can follow us at the links below. You can also view our Facebook and Twitter updates at  website news

Your Story

In the Autumn 2011 Newsletter we asked you to send us your stories about what you're doing and how PFAF has helped you. You can now find a few of your replies on the website here. If you would like to contribute a story please email us at admin@pfaf.org.

'Richard, living in the Pyrenees, says he finds the PFAF web-site 'utterly invaluable'. He has a small-holding two and a half thousand feet up, where the winters are very cold, and the summers very hot, and has gradually been shifting from annual to perennial crops over the last couple of years.

As he buys more perennials, the PFAF data-base is his first port of call for every plant, and he finds it the best source of information of any. Last year he had the best yield ever from his annual crops too, since he is developing more permaculture techniques of extensive mulching, little digging and much less watering.

A cheering story for all who are turning to permaculture and perennial growing!'

Your Story page

 

Total so far 17.7% Website Tips

Google Search
If you still can’t find what you are looking for using the search page try using the Google Custom Search: a Google search page that searches the PFAF website. 

video   You can also view a video of how to use the Google Search here

 

Total so far 17.7%PDF Download
If you would like to save a copy of the information you are looking at on the website click on the Download PDF button on the top left of each page.

 

 

 

 


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Plants For A Future
The main aims of the charity are researching and providing information on ecologically sustainable horticulture, promoting a high diversity, holistic and permacultural approach namely 'woodland gardening'. With the aim to use a minimal input of resources and energy, create a harmonious eco-system and cause the least possible damage to the environment whilst achieving high productivity.

The Plants for a Future Concept
It is our belief that plants can provide people with the majority of their needs, in a way that cares for the planet's health. A wide range of plants can be grown to produce all our food needs and many other commodities, whilst also providing a diversity of habitats for our native flora and fauna.

There are over 20,000 species of edible plants in the world yet fewer than 20 species now provide 90% of our food. Large areas of land devoted to single crops increase dependence upon intervention of chemicals and intensive control methods with the added threat of chemical resistant insects and new diseases. The changing world climate greatly affecting cultivation indicates a greater diversity is needed.

 

Download the Autumn Newsletter as a PDF here

 

Welcome to Plants For A Future’s Autumn Newsletter.

1.    QR Codes and the Urban Physic Garden
2.    Free Report on ‘The Field’
3.    Image Update
4.    Who Are You?
5.    Website Tips

 

 



QR Codes and the Urban Physic Garden: What’s that all about?

Ever wandered around a garden and wanted more information on a particular plant? With these special barcodes you can quickly access more information using a smartphone. Each of our 7000+ plants in the database has its own unique barcode (QR Code). QR codes are a fast-track access to our website pages.
We have recently tested this new technology with the Urban Physic Garden in London for their summer festival of art, events and gardening. The festival’s garden aimed to temporarily transform an under utilised piece of urban ground, for 3-4 months from June to September 2011, for the benefit of local residents, workers and visitors.

QR Codes

 

So how does it work?

1.    Copy and print a QR code to a plant label, poster, book, website, magazine, newspaper, etc., even t-shirts.
2.    Smartphone users scan the QR Code which automatically takes them to the appropriate webpage on pfaf.org.
3.    Smartphone users therefore quickly have the plants information on their phone.



Penpol Survey Free Report: Survey and Research Project on the 'The Field'

A report is now available of the recently completed survey and research project on the 'The Field', the experimental site of Ken and Addy Fern ( Plants For A Future founders). They planted 1500 species of plants and carried out research on edible, medicinal and useful plants, suitable for growing outdoors in a temperate climate.

Download the it here [free, but we would appreciate a donation to help us maintain the website and database].
The Report was written by Dr Carol Wellwood, who also acted as Project Manager of the Survey and Research Project.

 

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Image Update

One of our main goals for the year has been to complete sourcing and adding images to the plant database. With over 7500 plants it has been an onerous task that we are hoping to complete by December. We have added over 12000 images and now there are only 100 plants left to review. It has not been possible to source images for all plants but we will gradually add those missing as they become available. If you have plant images that are missing from the database please send them to admin@pfaf.org.

We are also adding images to ‘Plant Uses’ pages to help identify plants. You can view an example click here.

There is now a quick reference list of our top rated plants with images. You can view edible plants click here and medicinal plants click here.



Who are you?

The PFAF website has over a million visits and 4 million page views per year. On average we have about 10 000 page views a day.
This year the PFAF database has been used by people in 219 countries/territories. The countries/territories are shown below (highest users first) United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India, Australia, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Philippines, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand, Ireland, Romania, Greece, Sweden, Poland, Belgium, Czech Republic, South Africa, Turkey, Hungary, Malaysia, Norway, Mexico, Pakistan, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Iran, Switzerland, Slovakia, Japan, Brazil...Get the full list click here .


Your Story

We would like you to send your stories about what they're doing and how PFAF has helped you - to be included in future newsletters and on the website. Stories can be as short or long as you please. Please email us at admin@pfaf.org



Website tips

The full bibliography used in the species database can be found and can be downloaded as a PDF file here.

hover over use Tool tips. Hovering over the medicinal and edible uses descriptive term on the plant page will give you more information. For example, hovering over Vulnerary will show the information ‘Promotes the healing of wounds’.


For additional information on the edibility and medicinal rating, the hardiness scale, and the care icons on plant pages click on the blue information icon (i).
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Plants For A Future
The main aims of the charity are researching and providing information on ecologically sustainable horticulture, promoting a high diversity, holistic and permacultural approach namely 'woodland gardening'. With the aim to use a minimal input of resources and energy, create a harmonious eco-system and cause the least possible damage to the environment whilst achieving high productivity.

The Plants for a Future Concept
It is our belief that plants can provide people with the majority of their needs, in a way that cares for the planet's health. A wide range of plants can be grown to produce all our food needs and many other commodities, whilst also providing a diversity of habitats for our native flora and fauna.
There are over 20,000 species of edible plants in the world yet fewer than 20 species now provide 90% of our food. Large areas of land devoted to single crops increase dependence upon intervention of chemicals and intensive control methods with the added threat of chemical resistant insects and new diseases. The changing world climate greatly affecting cultivation indicates a greater diversity is needed.


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