welcome to the forest gardening resource network; recreating Gardens of Eden one garden at a time~~~


This page lists informational resources of working edible forest gardens, forest gardening design, including forest garden training, workshops, apprenticeships, plant data bases, organizations, support, networks, blogs and appropriate nurseries including rare and heirloom, and seed sources.




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Forest Gardens

Beacon Food Forest

Philly Food Forests

Maya Forest Gardeners


Plant Data Bases

Plants For a Future

The Natural Capitol Plant Data Base


Design, Workshops, Training

Agroforestry Research Trust

Pittsburgh Permaculture

Permaculture Artisans

Living Mandala

Edible Landscaping

Urban Permaculture

Perennial Solutions

The Living Center

Southwood Forest Gardens



Useful Plants Nursery

Paradise Gardens Rare Plant Nursery

Menzies Natives

South Meadow Fruit Gardens

Mountain Gardens Herbs

Horizon Herbs

Lawyer Nursery

Heirloom Appletree

Burnt Ridge Nursery and Orchards

Trees of Antiquity

St Lawrence Nurseries

Permaculture Nursery

Raintree Nursery

Bountiful Gardens



Synergy Seed Exchange

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

United Plant Savers

Association for Temperate Agroforestry




We would like to integrate a Food Forest into the current designs for the area adjacent to the west side of Jefferson Park.  Located just 2.5 miles from downtown Seattle, Jefferson Park hosts a variety of recreational opportunities, one of which could be community gardening. In 2010, a $20,000 City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) grant was provided to hire a design team to come up with a design based on input from three public design workshops. The design team selected included Margarett Harrison, a landscape architect with Harrison Design, and Jenny Pell, a permaculture designer with Permaculture Now!. In December of 2011 the project received $100,000 from the Department of Neighborhoods to begin phase one of the food forest plan.

Full seven acre proposal to be built over the next few years.

Harrison Design is the landscape architect for this innovative project for the neighborhood of Beacon Hill, located in the heart of Seattle. The goal of the Beacon Food Forest is to bring this richly diverse community together in fostering a Permaculture Tree Guild approach to urban farming and land stewardship. The design of this seven-acre site provides opportunities for cultural exchange and understanding, for education and recreation. The Food Forest includes an Edible Arboretum with fruits gathered from regions around the world, a Berry Patch for canning, gleaning and the joy of eating right off the bush, a Nut Grove with tress that provide both shade and sustenance, a Community Garden using the p-patch model where families can grow their own food, and a Kids Area. Living Gateways will connect and serve as portals between areas.  beaconfoodforest.weebly.com/






PFF is working to change traditional community gardening as we know it through food forestry & the creative use of space. This will involve merging of traditional tried & true urban farming, permaculture, biointensive, and biodynamic farming methods with a heavy emphasis on each forest space achieving self-sufficiency within a short span of time.

Our ever-expanding vision involves planting trees, shrubs, bushes, vines, creeping plants, perennials, annuals, mushrooms, edible flowers, veggies, fruits, nuts, herbs, etc. etc.; composting; rainwater harvesting; seed saving; and eventually keeping animals such as bees, chickens, goats, and rabbits.

In PFF’s vision, there won’t be traditional plots, but rather an emphasis on cultivating the space to eventually grow to be self-sufficient and mimic a natural, wild environment.

Forests will function as a collective. Individual volunteer foresters can steward predetermined areas within a space until they feel comfortable maintaining a personal plot of their creation somewhere else. Stewards will be able to have a say in what’s planted in a particular area and harvest the bounty for personal or community use. The ultimate goal in PFF’s vision is to empower volunteers to take initiative & create similar community gathering & growing spaces in vacant lots in other areas of the city.

Our first site is located on the 500 Block of Mercy Street in South Philadelphia, but we’ve also been working with the lovely folks at Plotand on 44th & Locust in West Philly & revamping a beautiful not-yet-named garden on the corner of Ella & Stella Streets in West Kensington.

Philly Food Forests believes;

  • A few people are powerful enough to change a neighborhood.
  • Everyone should be able to do what they’re good at.
  • There is no leadership without leading by example.
  • “The big picture” comes into focus when it starts local.
  • The world has enough stuff. Use free & recycled materials.
  • Playing in the dirt in the middle of a city is really fun.
  • Philadelphia is beautiful.
  • Teaching people to grow organic food, improve the soil, cook healthy meals, harvest rainwater, compost waste, save seeds, talk to their neighbors, play outside, stand up for their beliefs, consume less, & act more will create the future we need.


See a blog on Mercy Edible Park here; http://phillyfoodforests.org/how-to/zines/year-one-volume-one/







This website provides educational information about traditional Maya agriculture and conservation in the Maya forest.

Conservation is increasingly imperative for the world. It has never been more important to learn from indigenous groups, such as the Maya, that have centuries of cumulative knowledge of conservation and coexistence with their environment.

The El Pilar Forest Garden Network is a group of Maya farmers who are keeping alive Maya cultural traditions, promoting sustainable agriculture, conserving biodiversity in the Maya Forest, and educating the public on the value of their time-honored strategies.

The increased practice of modern, industrial farming in this region is threatening the Maya forest. Traditional Maya agriculture, however, demonstrates a rich relationship with the tropical forest environment of Mesoamerica. Maya farmers are known as forest gardeners because their traditional multi-crop farming methods actually encourage the biodiversity and growth of the forest. These are exemplary agriculturalists, the ultimate conservationists, among the original permaculturalists, and the unsung heroes of the Maya forest!

To learn about ancient agricultural traditions, the nonprofit organization Exploring Solutions Past ~ The Maya Forest Alliancebegan consulting with contemporary traditional Maya farmers. In the course of this collaboration, the farmers realized they could work together to educate not only researchers, but also the community at large. Accordingly, traditional farmers in the surrounding area of El Pilar, an ancient Maya city center that straddles the Belize-Guatemala border, joined together to spread the concept of forest gardening. Drawing on their ancestral knowledge of plants in the Maya forest, they are working together to teach and share their unique knowledge of plant use, soils, and ecology, and provide economic incentive for conserving the tropical forest.

Today the Network is comprised of forest gardeners in Belize and Guatemala. A core group in Belize meets regularly to work on community projects, collaborate, ask each other questions, as well as share techniques and heritage seeds.


  • Preserve the cultural heritage of the Maya
  • Keep alive traditional knowledge of plants and plant use
  • Build appreciation for the agricultural skills of forest gardening
  • Encourage practical conservation measures based on forest gardening
  • Promote sustainable agricultural practices in the Maya Forest
  • Explore the economic potential for sustainable Maya Forest products
  • Maintain a database of plants of the forest gardens
  • Inform the global community with an accessible and educational website

Forest gardener Ramon Zetina examines a bromiliad plant with ESP~Maya team member Megan Havrda


  • Creating an active forest garden at the primary school in the village of Santa Familia to re-introduce forest gardening to children.
  • Maintaining a forest garden at the ancient Maya site of El Pilar to contribute to the living environment and educate visitors on Maya life-ways.
  • Offer forest garden tours to the public as an opportunity to see creative approaches to forest gardening, as well as the incredible beauty of the Maya forest.

Eco-Archaeology; Then and Now:

Where is the Maya Forest?

How do the “contemporary” traditional farmers use their landscape?

How did the ancient Maya use their landscape?

Why is the Maya forest called a “feral forest”?

How does the language of the Maya reflect their intimacy with nature?

What is “archaeology under the canopy”?

Who are the Enlaces and how are they helping the forest gardeners?




Plants For A Future


A resource and information center for edible and otherwise useful plants

Plants For A Future (PFAF) Is an indispensable charitable Database Resource and information center for edible perennial and otherwise human useful plants. An invaluable community resource and charitable company, originally set up to support the work of Ken and Addy Fern on their experimental site in Cornwall, where they carried out research and provided information on edible and otherwise useful plants suitable for growing outdoors in a temperate climate. Over time they planted 1500 species of edible plants on ‘The Field’ in Cornwall, England which was their base since 1989. Over ten years ago, Ken began compiling a database, which currently consists of approximately 7000 species of plants.

For more information on the work carried out by the Ferns, see: The History of Plants For A Future

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. more Plants For A Future on Facebook

There are currently five trustees of the PFAF Charity – see Trustees’ biographies.


Plants For A Future: 20 years on

The trustees of PFAF, in recognition of the work of the Ferns, and for information about what they achieved, commissioned a detailed mapping and ecological Survey of The Field (see below). The Survey Report is available for anyone who is interested. We have also employed professional website developers to redesign the website and improve the content of the database, work on which is ongoing. We share in, and continue to support, the aims of the founders.


Plants For A Future: Survey and Research Project on the ‘The Field’


The survey and research project on the ‘The Field’,  the experimental site of Ken and Addy Fern ( Plants For A Future founders) in Cornwal is now available. Ken and Addy carried out research and provided information on edible and otherwise useful plants suitable for growing outdoors in a temperate climate. Over time they planted 1500 species of edible plants on ‘The Field’ in Cornwall, which was their base since 1989.

The full report can now be downloaded for free…more

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’. We 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.


Plants For A Future on Facebook

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.

When comparing a large cultivated field to natural woodland the woodland receives no intervention but produces lush growth and diversity of plants and animals. Yet the cultivated land supports very few species. The quality and depth of soil in a woodland is maintained and improved yearly whilst erosion and loss of soil structure plague the cultivated field.

Our emphasis is on growing perennial plants with some self-seeding annuals, a large part of the reason for this is the difference in the amount of time and energy it takes to cultivate and harvest crops. Annuals means the cultivation of the ground every year, sowing the seeds, controlling the weeds, adding fertilizers and attempting to control pests and diseases. It all seems so much extra work compared to planting a perennial and waiting to harvest its yield. Especially when you consider that even with all the effort put into growing carrots their yield for the same area of ground will be less than that of a fruit tree and will only last the one season.

Not only do people seem trapped in a method of growing with lower yields for far more input but also one that is damaging the environment and all the plants and animals that live in it.

Continued cultivation of the soil, whilst creating a desert to most of our wild plants and animals, destroys the organic matter and opens it up to the risk of erosion from wind and rain. The soil structure is damaged and becomes compacted leaving it unable to drain properly or allow plant roots to penetrate and obtain nutrients, and valuable topsoil is washed away in heavy rain.

A cultivated crop such as wheat has all its roots in a narrow band of soil with intense competition between plants for the same nutrients. Any nutrients below this belt are inaccessible to the plants. The crop is susceptible to the same pests and diseases and has similar climatic requirements, if one plant suffers they all suffer. The amount of energy used in producing high yields is far more than the food itself yields in energy. We do not believe this is sustainable.

When looking at woodland, almost no weeding is required, no feeding and no watering yet year after year a host of animals can be found along with the inevitable plant growth. A wide range of plants grows side by side each occupying its own space. Some with deep roots bringing up nutrients from beyond the reach of other plants. When leaves fall they provide nutrients and substance to the soil. Plants with shallow root systems obtain their nutrients from nearer the surface of the soil. The canopy of trees creates a shelter and temperature fluctuations are less extreme in a woodland environment. The soil is protected from erosion.

Woodland sustains itself and is highly productive due to its diversity which leads to a gradual build up of fertility. All the different available habitats allow a wide range of creatures to live in woodland, and the plants, insects and animals all work to create an altogether much more balanced and harmonious way of life. Another benefit of Woodland Gardening is that the high humus content of the soil acts like a sponge to absorb water therefore replenishing the ground water table.

Growing a diversity of plants emulating woodland, we can grow fruit and nut trees, under- planted with smaller trees and shrubs, herbaceous, ground cover and climbing plants. This way it is possible to produce fruits, nuts, seeds, leaves and roots throughout the year. Unlike the majority of cultivated food plants these have not been selectively bred to increase size of yield, reduce bitterness or increase sweetness, yet many of them are delicious and highly nutritious.

We aim to recover lost knowledge and learn more about the hundreds of medicinal plants that we can grow, in a race to find safe natural alternatives to drugs used today. Plants can also provide us with fibres for clothes, rope and paper, oils for lubricants, fuels, water proofing and wood preservatives, dyes, construction materials and more.

A large number of native broadleaf trees are planted to provide natural shelter and wildlife habitats. Trees are the lungs of the planet; they purify the air locking up carbon and have the potential for reducing the greenhouse effect. Trees protect the soil from erosion, encourage rainfall, and regulate the flow of ground water preventing flooding. Fallen leaves are an effective soil conditioner.

The Activities and Services of Plants For A Future

Concentrating on the restoration and conservation of the land we get much satisfaction in seeing the return of a wide diversity of wildlife where once we did not see a bee or a butterfly.

Literally planting for the future. Personal experience of growing the plants is the most valuable way to learn about growing, cropping and utilising them.

Research is on going since much of the information on plant uses has been lost from every day life but is stored in books and research papers. We are collating this information in a more accessible way, in the form of a database, which currently consists of nearly 7,000 species of plants. We can supply information print outs from the database or we can supply the database, for more information about this please ask for the database leaflet. Further research is carried out by visiting gardens around the country recording the results of these visits. Virtually all the plants we grow have never been selectively bred for edibility so there is a huge potential for alternative foods, which careful selection could help to realise.

We have published a ‘Plants For A Future – Edible and useful plants for a healthier world’.  Visit the shop for more information.

Free Plant Leaflets;

The Leaflet Collection. All 57 Plants For A Future leaflets

The Leaflet Collection. All 57 Plants For A Future leaflets in one convenient PDF eBook with 291 pages. For a small donation to Plants For A Future to help support and expand our activities you can now download the entire leaflet collection to view offline…more

The Natural Capitol Plant Data Base


This is an excellent poly culture plant database combining the best sources of plant research and documentation. Partner designers provide the best information with the highest integrity. They provide plant data with the important characteristics needed for sustainable permaculture design.

This is a working site for serious designers and researchers. Citations from multiple sources for information are used, and downloadable query spreadsheets are formatted as a standard plant list with all the information needed for sorting and refining plant choices.


Extensive plant lists


Design workshops

Polyculture plant designs

Site subscription




The Natural Capital Plant Database Workshops;

This day-long Saturday workshop introduces participants to the basic principles of permaculture and plant polyculture design. Teaching how to consciously design and maintain productive agro-ecosystems with the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. Participants apply the concepts they learn to real site plans in a small group design activity. Participants receive a annual membership to the database on the designer level (fee included in course cost).


Agroforestry Research Trust


Started by Martin Crawford, and based on his forest garden which he began in 1994, the Agroforestry Research Trust is a non-profit making charity, registered in England, which researches into temperate agroforestry and into all aspects of plant cropping and uses, with a focus on tree, shrub and perennial crops.

They produce several publications and a quarterly journal, sell various other relevant books, and also sell plants (particularly fruit and nut trees and bushes), seeds and Parafilm grafting tape.

Listen to Martin Crawford on BBC Radio 4:

The Food Programme (May 8, 2011) at : http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b010xy3g

Gardener’s Question Time (September 9, 2011) at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b014641y (about 31 minutes in) – the forest garden

Gardener’s Question Time (November 25, 2011) at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b017clwz (about 31 minutes in) – nut trees

Latest News

Contact us

Agroforestry and Forest Garden Network and how to join

Consultancy service

plant list (shorter file for dial-up connections)

seed list & secure order form

publications list & secure order form

2011-12 Catalogue (pdf, 2.5 Mb)

our journal, Agroforestry News

Agroforestry and Forest Garden Network and how to join

Consultancy service

plant list (shorter file for dial-up connections)



Pittsburgh’s Premier Permaculture Design Company


Pittsburgh Permaculture  is an edible landscaping and ecological design business.  Offer consultations, design and installation services to transform your landscape into a beautiful, ecologically-sound space…that you can eat!    They designed and planted the first community food forest in Pittsburgh and are committed to planting similar gardens throughout the region.  Through this work, we increase biodiversity, green space and inspire a care for the earth.

The Designers

Michelle Czolba and Juliette Jones began working together with the design and planting of the Hazelwood Food Forest in 2009.  Since then they have been working to share their passion and knowledge of sustainability and plants through edible landscape designs and educational opportunities offered by Pittsburgh Permaculture.

Juliette Jones, M.S., M.Ed, has always had a passion for nature, art and teaching.  Her work with Pittsburgh Permacultrue allows her to combine all three as she designs natural spaces, plays in the dirt and shares her knowledge via workshops, speaking engagements and classes.

She studied sustainable agriculture and permaculture design at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.  She completed a permaculture apprenticeship at the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute and has worked with and learned from permaculture experts, Dave Jacke and Darrell Frey, teaching courses on Edible Forest Gardening and Permaculture Design.  She is currently teaching Growing Sustainably Lab for Chatham University’s Food Studies program.  Notable design experience includes, design and installation of Pittsburgh’s first food forest in Hazelwood, demonstration gardens for Phipps Conservatory and an edible garden for the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh along with many residential designs.

Michelle Czolba, M.S., came into the study of permaculture while pursuing her Master of Science in Sustainable Systems at Slippery Rock University. Permaculture made so much sense that she sought to study it further by obtaining a Permaculture Design Certification under the tutelage of Christine Glenn and Darrell Frey. After graduation, Michelle and partner Juliette Jones began the Hazelwood Food Forest to implement permaculture theory, have a living laboratory and demonstrate a creative reuse of vacant lots. Some design projects Michelle has led include the Borland Green garden and various residential designs.

In addition to being a permaculturist, Michelle is the owner of Violet Herbs as an herbalist and herbal medicine and skin care creator. Through intensive self-directed and formal study, Michelle’s scope of experience encompasses plant identification, botany, ecology, chemistry, metaphysics, Earth-based spirituality and natural cosmetics. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science with a Minor in Chemistry.

Hazelwood Food Forest, detailed design

Hazelwood Food Forest, detailed design
 Fruit Tree Polyculture, close up
Fruit Tree Polyculture, close up

 Borland Green Community Food Forest

Borland Green Community Food Forest
Front Yard Persimmon Polyculture
Front Yard Persimmon Polyculture





Permaculture Artisans


Offers a wide range of services in designing and building regenerative landscapes, farms, and neighborhoods. Our goal as an Ecological Landscape and Farm company is to create natural systems that support the health of the surrounding ecosystems by building soil, supporting wildlife, catching rainwater, installing appropriate plant species, and building beneficial human relationships throughout the landscape.

While striving to meet our clients’ goals, our designs mimic regenerative ecological systems and patterns. All of our landscapes work with natural energy flows such as air movement, water flows, existing animal paths, fire corridors, view sectors, soil types, human access needs, and more.

Through years of experience, Permaculture Artisans can build in nearly any type of ecosystem. Whether it is a wetland, dryland, steep slope, or heavily forested system – whatever the characteristics of the site may be – we work to heal and regenerate it. We offer our services for commercial or residential sites and are willing to work with municipalities and non-profit organizations.

We are committed to the three ethics below:

Care of Earth

We are an ecological landscape and farm design and build company. This means that we use organic and natural fertilizers, amendments, and pest control instead of chemicals. We work with the natural patterns, resources and limitations of the land.

We have the utmost care for the health, beauty and functionality of your land and in helping to accomplish your goals.

Care of People

We create a productive and positive work environment and strive to take good care of our workers, clients, sub-contractors, and project related persons. We communicate with respect and collaboration in these relationships.

Re-invest Surplus

In order to accomplish the above ethics, we invest surplus resources into refining our business model in order to provide our ecological design services in a broader way and take the best care of the people and the Earth. .

Permaculture Artisans’ Designs

Permaculture Artisans’ resourceful designs are not only beautiful but also save energy, and grow food, fiber, medicine, and soil. Additionally, they conserve and store water, and provide habitat for beneficial insects and wildlife.

We custom design and build according to a client’s needs and goals, and their land’s specific climate, soil, water, slope, plants, and other characteristics related to the site. Our services are versatile to meet the needs of any core issues like erosion, high wind, fire danger, or flooding.

We provide everything from hardscapes and water features to large farms and gardens. Check out our services panel to see the variety of systems we design.



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Living Mandala


The mission of  livingmandala is to increase awareness, to create educational opportunities, and to catalyze project activities that implement ecologically and socially regenerative practices of human beings living in harmony with each other and their environment. Living Mandala designs, facilitates and produces courses, workshops and events as well as offers consultation services that implement ecologically and socially regenerative practices within a diverse set of fields.

Food Forests Across America!

In an uncertain economy and changing world, local food security is an essential element to becoming sustainable in this emerging Green Economy. Food Forests Across America is a loosely affiliated group of permaculture designers organizing around the initiative to transform lawns, parks, gardens, and empty spaces into thriving edible landscapes that are beautiful, regenerative, and produce an abundance of delicious, locally grown food! Food Forests Across America appeared on Visionary Culture Radio in April 2009, at Harmony Festival in June of 2009 showcasing a demonstration food forest garden, giving interactive tours, and hosting a panel discussion of permaculture designers. Food Forests Across America will also be at Earthdance on September 25-27 2009. Members of this group or permaculture designers are actively organizing workshops, projects, and initiatives installing food forest gardens around the country. We are seeking to raise money to build a website to more closely link together our work and the work of other permaculture designers and food foresters around the country, to showcase and promote food forests workshops and projects, and to powerfully inoculate this initiative into the culture at large. For more information on the campaign contact: forestgarden@livingmandala.com

What is a Food Forest Garden?

Food forests are diverse gardens modeled after natural ecosystems designed to mimic the way a forest thrives and regenerates. A forest continuously nourishing all elements in the system and produce a vast diversity of outputs, but requires little or no inputs to sustain itself. By recognizing the self-supporting, mutually beneficial relationships of the elements in a forest – from tall trees, smaller trees, shrubs, herbs, ground covers, vines, nitrogen fixers, insectaries, fungi, animals, and more, the food forest garden designs a similar system but replaces the components that are in a common forest with species that are preferred edibles and more useful for humans. The forest then becomes a Garden of Eden, in which edible or useful plants are found from head to toe, where something in season is always ready to eat, and the system requires little or no maintenance to sustain and regenerate.

Food Forests Across America on Visionary Culture Radio

On Monday, April 6th, 2009 the Food Forests Across America campaign went live with 6 permaculture designers from bioregions representing the east to west coasts of the U.S. appearing on Visionary Culture Radio.

Guests Included:

Erik Ohlsen – Founder & Director – Permaculture Earth Artisans

Ethan Roland – Founder & Director – AppleSeed Permaculture

Marisha Auerbach – Founder & Director – Herb ‘n Wisdom

Max Meyers – Director – Mendocino Ecological Learning Center

Jay Ma – Co-Founder, Director of Programs and Development – Living Mandala

John Valenzuela – Veteran Permaculture Designer, Educator & Consultant






Edible Forest Gardens.com is dedicated to offering inspiring and practical information on the vision, ecology, design, and stewardship of perennial polycultures of multipurpose plants in small-scale settings. We intend this website to grow into an information and networking resource for newcomers, amateurs, students, and serious practitioners and researchers alike.

Also offering Permaculture design courses;



This comprehensive, internationally recognized permaculture design certification training offers you a thorough understanding of how to assess a landscape for ecological design and how to design a more productive and ecologically balanced living environment.

As the health and well-being of our precious planet and all that lives on it faces increasing deterioration, the emerging field of permaculture offers real, sustainable solutions to our most pressing ecological, political, economic, and social problems.

Permaculture aims to design human systems that mimic and regenerate natural ecosystems. During this training, you learn about enhancing the ecology of your own backyard, find out how to mimic natural systems by linking elements into functional networks, and explore how to create and improve thriving ecosystems that nourish the natural landscape, feed the human spirit, and strengthen our communities.

Guided by leading educators and permaculture specialists, Kay Cafasso and Dave Jacke, along with local experts, this training is open to beginners as well as those with some experience in permaculture. Through experiential activities, design exercises, lectures, multimedia presentations, discussions, meditation sessions, writing, observation walks, visioning, and tours, you:

    • Obtain a thorough grounding in ecological design practice
    • Review global permaculture case studies and strategies
    • Explore urban agriculture
    • Learn how to turn lawns into gardens
    • Study natural building techniques
    • Gain knowledge about habitat restoration and wildlife tracking
Together, we also design a permaculture project on Omega’s grounds to learn about client interviews, observation techniques, site analysis research, and design generation and presentation. We experience firsthand the Omega Center for Sustainable Living, an environmental education center and natural water reclamation facility built to meet the highest standards currently available in sustainable architecture.

Above video;

14 Aug 2010 — Presentations from the Edible Forest Garden Intensive class with Dave Jacke as head instructor. WIth 4 teams of 4-5 per team, each team was given one of 4 different goals to design a portion of our host site (a portion of about 2 acres) into an edible forest garden. The four goals were:

1) Single Family Forest Garden, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhV_JMEDR2g Presentation 1 Q&A: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSQIwPUUefQ

2) Two Family Forest Garden,

3) Forest Garden Nursery (with natives & other plants that are especially good, but not common in the area), and

4) The Hustead Hub (the place to go in their locale for all things sustainable)

The last half of the video is footage of the property as I walked around, mostly silently….


  • Edible Ecosystems Emerging; a 9-Day forest Garden Design Intensive

  • Laying Groundwork: A 9-Day Advanced Farm-Scale Permaculture Design Course

Lay the groundwork for your deepening practice of permaculture design for the establishment of a permaculture training and demonstration center at Brook’s Bend Farm. This Advanced Permaculture Design Course (APDC) offers you direct experience designing permaculture systems that will build your design skills, your confidence and your portfolio, and spur you to deepen your self-study of the field. At the same time, you will help plan the transformation of Brook’s Bend Farm into a thriving multi-dimensional permaculture and nature awareness training and demonstration facility.

Event updates here;


This is also the site of David Jacke and Eric Toensmeier authors of the excellent Forest Garden volumns Edible Forest Gardens.  Available here; http://www.forestgardening.net/forest_gardening_books/



The Fukuoka Farming website


Masanobu Fukuoka was a Japanese farmer who developed what many consider to be a revolutionary method of sustainable agriculture. He is also the author of “The One-Straw Revolution” and several other books examining both his philosophy and his method of farming.

This website is an outgrowth and extension of The Fukuoka Farming Mailing List. Both were created as a place where people interested in Fukuoka’s method can network and share resources and experiences.


      • Identifying and using plants
      • Trees, forest gardens, and agroforestry
      • Bioremediation
      • Using plants to detoxify soils and water
      • Edible wild foods
      • Foraging, growing, and using wild plants
      • Making and using seedballs


Full-length documentary following the legendary Masanobu Fukuoka on a visit to India.


Perennial and regenerative food production systems have tremendous potential to help stabilize global climate and provide fair access to food. These revolutionary techniques and species are unfortunately little known. Perennialsolutions.org is my effort to present the “fruit” my own and others’ research and experience. This approach is based in permaculture, a design system for meeting human needs while improving ecosystem health.

Eric Toensmeier, of Perennial Solutions, has spent twenty years exploring edible and useful plants of the world and their use in perennial agroecosystems. He is the author of Perennial Vegetables and co-author of Edible Forest Gardens with Dave Jacke. Both books have received multiple awards, including the American Horticultural Society Garden Book of the Year and ForeWord Magazine Home and Garden Gold Medal Book of the Year Award, Garden Writer’s Association Silver Medal and American Library Association Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title. Learn more about Eric’s permaculture books and articles.

Permaculture food production and land management systems can:

• build soils and restore degraded lands
• provide essential ecosystem services like habitat and rainwater infiltration
• stabilize global climate through carbon sequestration
• contribute to a just food system and self-determination for communities.

Perennialsolutions.org is a home for the best resources I have found or created, from my own original writing and videos, to reports on my eight-year-old home edible forest garden and edible landscape, to links to the amazing online books and databases that I use most often.

His current project is promoting perennial farming systems, including agroforestry and perennial staple crops, as a strategy to sequester carbon while restoring degraded lands, and providing food, fuel and income, and ecosystem services. He presents on perennial food production systems to groups ranging from Mexican agronomists, Maya villagers, seed bank directors, urban farmers, and aspiring permaculture entrepreneurs. He teaches in English, Spanish, and Botanical Latin. Learn more about Eric’s presentations and workshops.

Eric is a founding Board member of the Apios Institute for Regenerative Perennial Agriculture and recently founded the Bosque Comestible project, an online Spanish-language user-generated database of useful perennials for Mesoamerica and the Caribbean, with an international team.

Eric ran an urban farm project for Nuestras Raíces in Holyoke Massachusetts, providing access to land and startup assistance for Latino and refugee beginning farmers. He implemented a bilingual participatory design process with farmers, youth, and board members to develop the 30-acre farm site as a cultural agri-tourism destination. As project director he realized the community vision with 25 leasehold farm enterprises, farm store, equestrian business, and cultural events.

His urban garden is a model of how to apply permaculture to a small space with poor soils, featuring over 200 useful perennial and self-seeding species on 1/10 of an acre.

Learn more about my bio and resumeaward-winning books and articlesworkshops and presentations, and consulting practice.

My blog features my latest thoughts on permaculture as a strategy for addressing global problems, reports on visits to cutting-edge demonstration sites, and updates from my own garden. View my videospodcasts, andphotos of permaculture plants and practices being used by communities around the world.

You can also view content on perennial crops and techniques that stabilize the climate and build soils, North American indigenous land management techniques which provide a model for permaculture on a vast scale, and examples of ornamental and ecological edible landscaping for homes and institutions.

The website features profiles of useful plants including links to online plant books and databases, andsources of plants and seeds.

Check out permaculture solutions in practice including profiles of commercial permaculture farms, successes with urban permaculture, and financial permaculture: regenerative enterprise design and economic development through municipal scale permaculture design.

Eric also provides consulting services on various aspects of useful plants, edible landscaping, food forestry enterprises, farm business start-up, perennial polycultures, and the application of permaculture design to economic development.

Contact toensmeier (AT) gmail.com for Eric Toensmeier’s short-form resume or curriculum vitae.





the living center; an eco-spiritual education sancutatry

Forest Gardening:

An Ecological Vision & Practical Application to a Regenerative Future

We are offering numerous pathways to be Educated, Inspired and hopefully Activated in creating ecological forest garden sanctuaries of sustainability.
Forest Gardening: A Call to Action e-Manual

This is a how-to-manual. Discover the simple 7-step approach to establishing a flourishing forest garden for your bioregion. Packed full of practical wisdom that will make your transition to an ecological garden that will sustain and nourish you physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Enjoy the regenerative journey! Forest Gardening: A Call to Action e-Manual

Forest Garden Tours

The garden tours give you an opportunity to see the array of learning opportunities of edible forest gardening practices and plants that thrive here in Carolinian Canada through the various seasons. The garden tours begin after Earth Day in April and end in October. Forest Garden Tours

Forest Garden Walk-Abouts

A Forest Garden Walk-A-bout is an exploration with the property owner(s) on how to take advantage of the abundant natural resources surrounding their property such as the sun, rain, wind, climate and soil. An informative and inspiring assessment of the potential of the landscape. An exploration of what elements would be most beneficial by implementing a forest gardening design for the property. Call or email for more details


Learn how to apply practical Forest Gardening design practices to a diversity of landscapes with a focus on dense urban environments. Create and grow your own food no matter how big or small your backyard. Design your own property to ‘be a part of the solution’ in regenerating the landscape using forest gardening principles to establish a sanctuary to rejuvenate your whole being. Forest Gardening Workshops/Training


This is not your ordinary home-study course. This course is created to be an interactive form of educational and experiential learning providing a comprehensive introduction and practical application of Forest Gardening, allowing students to apply the principles in every aspect of their own lives. Forest Gardening Correspondence/Mentorship

Internship Program

Deep Ecological Action Training for Positive Systemic World-Change In a Nutshell. A two to three-month internships in a Forest Gardening Program, a cutting edge regenerative educational centre in the middle of Carolinian Canada. Forest Gardening Internship Program

Teacher Training

This teacher training course is for those who desire to study in-depth and share this with others as forest garden educators. Forest Gardening is an unique course combining the ancient wisdom of Ecological Design, Deep Ecology and Forest Gardening with the application Regenerative Practices. Forest Gardening Teacher Training





Excellent long standing informative blog/vlog on food forest production and design, current workshops, courses and events, resources and Q and A. Shock full of information, ideas, resources and whats happening on the edible landscaping front.







Useful Plants Nursery

Useful Plants.org                                

Useful Plants Nursery is a small, permaculture-based nursery specializing in useful, phytonutritional, food, and medicine plants well-adapted to our Southern Appalachian mountains and surrounding bioregions. Our plants are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides at our nursery located at Earthaven Ecovillage. I believe that growing your own food and medicine plants is a vitally important strategy and practice for regaining control over our collective and personal lives, our health, and our individual and bioregional economic well being. Our nursery is dedicated to putting those beliefs into practice and truly creating “Liberation through Abundance” as we serve your needs for healthy, useful landscape plants, and work together to reweave the web of life.

    –Chuck Marsh, nurseryperson, permaculture designer, bioregional inhabitant

Living Systems Design offers consulting and design services for creating regenerative human habitats. Services include:

  • Permaculture/ecological design and consulting


  • Edible landscaping design


  • Installation services


  • Sitemapping and drawings


  • Energy and water conserving design.

Services are offered by Chuck Marsh and friends. Chuck also offers workshops at your site or at Useful Plants Nursery at Earthaven Ecovillage, near Black Mountain, NC.

Also offering Online plant lists and planting tips;




Materials from Organic Growers School

Here are materials from Chuck’s and Debbie’s presentations at the 2012 Organic Growers School. For more information about Organic Growers School or to find handouts from other presentations, see the OGS website.

The Backyard Mountain Orchard

Permaculture and Human Nutrition

Plant Jam DVD!  Now you can have all of our instructional videos on a DVD. These are the same videos as on our website, but with the DVD you can watch them on a DVD player or on a computer that doesn’t have high-speed Internet.

The DVD is only $10 plus $2 to cover sales tax and postage. Order yours here:

The DVD contains:




Paradise garden Rare Plant Nursery is a small nursery & farm in north Idaho specializing in fragrant and lesser known ornamental, edible & useful plants for northern climates, plus herbal necessities using herbs and flowers from our gardens, woods and fields.   

Scented flowers & foliage, night-blooming plants, a vase of amazing cut flowers for the window sill; we offer all these plants & more, with a special yen for the unusual, the far-flung and the hard-to-find.   Cottage garden plants, alpine lovelies, herbs from around the world, exotic fruits all find a place here.  Plus, of course, anything blue.
We grow a wide range of fragrant herbs, Primula, species Peonies, Penstemons, species & heirloom Roses, culinary, medicinal, dyers’ and perfumers’ plants, Western native plants and more.

Check out our recipeslorereading and how-to pages for ideas and tips on cooking with, using and gardening with herbs and fragrant plants.  Visit our blog In Paradise, where we chat about gardening & farming, soapmaking, cooking, etc.

Mom's Rose


Iris dichotoma         Aquilegia viridiflora          Delphinium seedlings





Menzies’ Natives Nursery is dedicated to producing and selling native trees and shrubs.The nursery is a homegrown family owned small business devoted to the gathering and preparation of indigenous species seedlings, and cuttings of the Northwest Pacific Bio-Region under indigenous nursery conditions.

Menzies’ Natives Nursery has over 300 varieties of native plant species at the Nursery – all indigenous to the Northwest Pacific Area. Over 700 varieties have been or are being grown at any one of several satellite locations.

Services offered;

Botanical Consultations

Design & Implementation
Industrial sites
New Vegetative Management

Planting & site arrangement
Planting seasons
Site selection

Native trees
Native shrubs
Soils & Other materials

Habitat restoration
Riparian restoration
Vegetative Management
Pruning & Procedures
Herbology Classes




Northwest Pacific native plant list; menziesnatives.com/natives.html

Impeccably credentialed horticulturist, Robert Menzies is the grandson of Robert H. Menzies, nephew of Arthur Menzies (of Strybing Arboretum fame), and a distant relative of Archibald Menzies (pioneer plant explorer). With an educational background as varied as: a BA from the University of Pacific; Studies in Viticulture at the University of California, Davis; Shamanistic Ethnobotony at Harvard; Ethnobotony/Nitra Humas Exchange at the Puson University in Korea; Universidad de San Antonio de Cusco in Peru and some business courses during his military stint at the University of Pennsylvania.

After traveling the world studying ethno-botany, sustainable agricultural commodities exchange and psycho-pharmodynamics, he decided to start a native nursery to put to practical use all the knowledge he had acquired. He started his first nursery in Mill Valley, California in 1970 and founded, along with others, several well known herbal companies.

Over the years, the nursery has had many homes, finally settling in 1980 on a beautiful 5 acre piece of land in Weed, California partially nestled in a grove of large, old growth conifers, with a creek and spring-fed pond. A remote Menzies’ ranch is used to grow native conifers, dogwoods, madrones, and many other native plants.

Menzies’ love of native plants and affinity for Siskiyou County and the Northwest Pacific, has given him a unique position in the nursery industry. Called upon to speak to various horticultural groups, landscape professionals and other interested parties, he imparts his vast knowledge with wit, humor and a unique intensity.

Robert’s personal vision is to align his plantings and his created habitats with the ebb and flow of Mother Nature. This commitment toward this goal is one of the things that makes Menzies’ Natives Nursery such a unique place.



Southmeadow Fruit Gardens

Choice and Unusual Fruit Tree Varieties for the Connoisseur and Home Gardener.

Southmeadow Fruit Gardens was established to make available choice and superior varieties of fruit trees and plants for the connoisseur and home gardener. After searching for sourcewood and testing for authenticity, these varieties are propagated at our nursery in Southwestern Michigan. They are available to the public through this online catalog.

The plants offered for sale in the catalog are now propagated and shipped by Peter Grootendorst. The 1976 catalog contains numerous descriptions of apple, pear, peach, plum, cherry, quince, grape, and gooseberry varieties, many of them unavailable from other sources. It includes many beautiful black and white prints of fruits reproduced from old classic, pomological books, as well as photographs,descriptions are often quite detailed, yet presented in a most interesting and intimate style, as if telling about dear friends. They are usually personal observations, as well as those of noted pomologists, both past and present. The origin of each variety is noted, to the extent that the author could determine, which gives the catalog a uniquely historical flavor.


COX ‘ S ORANGE PIPPIN; (middle image) One of the finest apples ever grown. In England where the apple is king of fruits, Cox has long been regarded as the richest in flavor.
CALVILLE BLANC D’ HIVER; (bottom image) Also known as White Winter Calville. It’s the classic dessert apple of France. Mentioned in 1627 by Le Lectier, procurer for Louis XIII, who grew it in the King’s Gardens at Orleans.


If you enjoy old heirloom, rare fruit varieties, and those of high dessert quality; if you enjoy pomological history, and beautiful old prints of fruits, treat yourself to a copy of the Southmeadow Fruit Gardens illustrated catalog.  -Excellent choices for edible forest Gardens.



Medlar of Nottingham (Mespilus germanica)


Mountain Gardens: Joe Hollis’s site of his botanical garden of useful plants, specializing in Appalachian and Chinese medicinal herbs. Mountain Gardens is a botanical garden featuring the largest collection of native Appalachian and Chinese medicinal herbs in the Eastern US, organically grown at the foot of the Black Mountains, in Western North Carolina. Specialties include: native (S. Appalachian) and oriental medicinal herbs, wild foods, perennial vegetables, craft plants and other ethnobotanicals. Selling seeds, plants, fresh and dried herb material and tinctures and other preparations. And presentation of useful information regarding the cultivation and uses of these species, as well as the philosophy of Paradise Gardening. For more information click here.


pavilion joe - workshop


Extensive Workshops offered,  ½ day and full days;

A series of classes in botany, gardening, herb processing & preparations for students and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, and anyone else interested.

Classes; located at Mountain Gardens and taught by Joe Hollis.

Topics include:

Botany; gardening; propagation, cultivation, harvesting & processing herbs; herbal preparations; Chinese & native medicinal plants – ID, actions & indications; comparative history of herbal medicine east & west.

Apprenticeships available;

The work is extremely varied and creative, including in addition to the herb growing, seed saving and medicinal preparations mentioned elsewhere on this website, vegetable garden and food preservation, rough carpentry, cob, bamboo and rockwork, maintaining and upgrading photovoltaic and irrigation systems, wildcrafting, library research, mapping and record-keeping and all the varied tasks which compose a ‘simple’ lifestyle. Recent projects as well as our advanced apprentice program, are described on our blog.

The botanic garden, research library & apothecary, and adjacent natural environments add up to a unique educational opportunity I delight in sharing.




We are growers of organically certified medicinal herb seed and plants here in Southern Oregon.  We like things that are ALIVE!  We are the seed company that we wanted to find back in the early 70’s and 80’s when we first seriously engaged learning the alchemy of seeds.  Its been a long road and we want you to benefit from our work!

We offer an extensive collection of organically certified seeds from the new harvest and plants grown on our own farm, including indigenous herb seeds from the African, Native American, Ayurvedic and Chinese traditions.

We also grow or collect seed of significant medicinal and aromatic herbs from the deserts, forests, mountains, plains and shores of North America, Central and South America, Russia, China, Tibet, India, Pakistan, the Middle East, Japan, Europe, the Mediterranean basin, Africa (especially Kenya, South Africa and Zanzibar), Australia, the Canary Islands, New Zealand and beyond.

From our rootsy and organic greenhouse and shadehouses, we offer plants of annuals, herbaceous perennials and woody perennials, common medicinals, cover crops, nitrogen fixers, shelterbelt and wildlife favorites, dye plants, medicinal trees, fruits, tubers, vines, roots, corms, bulbs, and water plants as well as sacred herbs.  In the words of the Dalai Lama, “Diversity is both beautiful and necessary.” both beautiful and necessary.”

We here at Horizon Herbs believe that gardeners can heal the world by growing diversity.  It is a well-documented fact that we are living in a time of great loss of species, and it is our understanding that this loss of species is both a cause and an effect of the current ecological downturn.

Therefore we propose that everyone engage in species rehabilitation toward a renewed blossoming of diverse gardens on planet earth.  It may not be the only answer, but it is one of the best.

It is our mission to provide certified organic seeds and medicinal herb plants directly from our farm to you. Our’s is the largest selection of medicinal herb seeds available from the US, an alive, growing collection started way back in 1985 and tended up until–today!

We know that its all about quality, and for this reason the vast majority of our seeds are grown by us, hand-picked, wind-winnowed, tested in a practical and rootsy manner, filled with love, in essence loaded with vibrant LIFE.  Every year we change out our inventory to give you only newly harvested seeds.


Plants, Herb seeds, Vegetable seeds, Bulk herbs, Herbal extracts,Tinctures,

Tincture press, gifts, and Free Information packed seasonal catalogues



  • Expertise – Growing native medicinal plant seeds as well as permaculture plant and tree seeds, cover crop seeds, vegetables common and rare, oil crop seeds, grains, seeds of plants of economic value, cacti, succulents, dye plants, strewing herbs and entheogenic herbs of the world in our own organic gardens since 1985. We know these plants intimately and provide specific cultivation advice based on our own experience and success.
  • Quality First – Correct identification, highest purity and dependable germination from the new harvest. Feel free to check what others say about us in “Garden Watchdog.”
  • Organic – Open-pollinated, untreated, non-GMO and certified organic since 1985. We use organic, biodynamic & permacultural techniques; compost, cover-crops and pure mountain water to grow plants and seeds for you.
  • Service – Orders are expertly packaged and promptly sent. Rush orders and fast shipping options available on request. Call us between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM Pacific Time at (541) 846-6704. Lets work together toward your success and lets keep it positive between us.
  • Farm-Direct – We grow the vast majority of our seed ourselves. Its hands-on from our garden to yours. Sounds simple, but we’re one of the few seed companies that actually grows their own.
  • Lifeline Pricing – We give a price of $1.95/packet for foundational medicinal herbs such as Holy Basil (Tulsi), Echinacea purpurea, Calendula, German Chamomile, Burdock, Elecampane, Marshmallow, Yarrow, etc. to support you to grow your own medicine. Collections, sets and bulk seed are also nicely discounted.
  • Generous Packets – With the exception of very rare or large seeds, we give at least 100 seeds per packet and in most cases the actual counts far exceed the label claims.  Check the online descriptions for exact seed counts.
  • Diversity – In this catalog you will find over 700 species of medicinal herbs in seed, plant and live root form, including perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, grasses vines, dye plants, fibre plants, water plants… We believe that planting diversity will help heal the world.
  • Rare and Unusual Herbs – We carry the most extensive selection of rare and unusual medicinals you’ll find in the U.S., including in-depth collections of African, Ayurvedic, Chinese and Native American medicinal plants.
  • Common and Useful Herbs – Burdock, Chickweed, Dandelion, Milk Thistle, Nettles, Plantain, Purslane, etc. available here. For most applications these are the best!
  • Magical, Religious, and Entheogenic Herbs – We offer an extensive array of strange and fascinating plants used in ceremony by native peoples from around the world. Our prayers are in every seed.
  • Ashitaba (Angelica keiskei koidzumi) in flower:
  • Summer view of Horizon Herbs Seed Farm:


Acer rubrum - Native to eastern U.S., cold hardy, brilliant scarlet fall color

Lawyer Nursery is a family business founded by David and Esther Lawyer in 1959 in the Clark Fork River Valley near Plains, Montana. Currently the wholesale bareroot nursery is owned and managed by John Lawyer. We have more than 500 acres of prime nursery land in addition to our office, packing sheds and warehouses.

At Plains, we produce deciduous seedlings and transplants, rootstocks, shrubs and conifers. Our Plains climate is USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 4. Soils range from sandy loam to a sandy clay loam with a normal growing season of 100 days.

All of our stock is sold bareroot. We grow most of our product in open fields for one or more growing seasons. Then we dig, grade, count and bundle our plants for storage and shipment. Wholesale quantities are sold in bundles of generally 10 to 100 plants. Most of our broadleaf deciduous species are dug in the fall and early winter after they are fully dormant. We dig our conifers grown at the Olympia nursery in mid-winter and at the Plains nursery as early as possible in the spring. All stock is held in cold storage until shipped. We have modern cold storage facilities totaling over 500,000 cubic feet of refrigerated and humidified storage.

We propagate our nursery stock from both seed and rooted cuttings; today Lawyer Nursery, Inc. offers one of the largest selections of field grown nursery stock in the wholesale nursery trade.

Both Plants and Seeds available

Plant Selection Guide;                             Populus tremulodies - Quaking Aspen

Below you will find links to various topics that may aid you in plant selection.

Lists by characteristic or use 
Hardy Plants for Tough Conditions –
Planting for Wildlife 
Deer Resistant –
Shade Tolerant –
Hedges –
Urban Tolerance –
Windbreak Planting –
Wet site Tolerant –
Fast Growing Trees –


Viburnum Selection –

Recent Articles
Crabapple Selection –
Fall Colors –
Native Plants –
Riparian Planting –
Windbreak Design –

Plant Care Guide



Download Catalog



Huge supplier of Heirloom apple trees. Over 80 Heritage varieties available at this site.


Custom grafting


Care guides

Best uses for apple varieties;

(ie; storage, disease resistance, pie apples, hardiness)



Owner – Meredith Leake   (540) 948-4299



Burnt Ridge Nursery and Orchards is a family-owned farm, in business since 1980. Our 20-acre farm is located in the foothills of the Cascade mountains with a beautiful view of Mount St. Helens. Our mail order nursery specializes in unusual and disease resistant trees, vines, and shrubs that produce edible nuts or fruits. We also have a large selection of Northwest native plants and ornamental and useful landscape trees. We send nice sized, healthy, well-rooted plant material. The varieties we carry have done well in our orchards. If you have questions, please feel free to call, write or email us. We can help you make appropriate choices for your growing area.


Nut treesFruiting plants


Northwest natives

Plant articles

Plant tips and selection


Hardiness charts


Fresh produce

Gift certificates

Jams and jellies

Nursery seed

Nuts and nutcrackers

Root stock


Wildlife protection





Our nursery is very much a family effort; we have been growing and shipping organic fruit trees across the country for over 30 years. We plant, graft, prune, weed, water and harvest our trees with only a bit of outstanding seasonal assistance.

As winter approaches, our labors meander away from the open field and into the office. We turn our attention toward the tools indoors in order to prepare for our annual winter send off of our precious heirloom fruit trees.

We’re excited to share our bounty of bareroot trees which are a reflection of our labors throughout the last two seasons. As always, our nursery is centered on the rich history and future discoveries that our heirloom apple trees provide through the years.

We continue to discover the unique flavors, textures and lore that surround our heirloom fruit trees and look forward to extending this experience to your home.


~~ Our Nursery Supervisor inspecting tree quality on our young fruit tree varieties ~~




illustration of grafted plum

St Lawrence Nurseries is a family farm and the Potsdam, New York homestead of Bill, Diana, Nova and Bali MacKentley. Although we ship trees only in April/May or late Oct/early November, you are welcome to come any time of year to visit, see the various trees and edible shrubs that we grow, ask questions and give us your ideas.

During the months of May through October, we are outdoors doing fieldwork or chores for most of the daylight hours. During this off-season, we may sometimes get behind on emails or phone messages…but never fear! We will get back to you eventually.

If you plan to stop by to visit us, call at (315) 265-6739 and leave a message.

We will return your call in the evening.

Specializing in cold hardy fruit and nut bearing trees





We specialize in plants for perennial landscapes including: permaculture gardens, edible forest gardens, food forests, edible landscaping and unique additions to any garden.

For a little history about our work. Jonathan Bates started this nursery after many years of learning with and being inspired by Eric Toensmeier of Perennial Vegetables fame.

Much of the seed and plant stock for the nursery come from the Holyoke Edible Forest Garden, a case study highlighted in the book Edible Forest Gardens.

Design Consulting

Garden Landscape and Site Assessments
At the beginning, a perfect place to start creating your dream landscape. We can provide the experience necessary to help you envision a design that is right for your place.

Plant, Polyculture and Guild Design… Knowing your site can inform how and which plants fit into your landscape design. We will be there with you when you are choosing the plants.

Garden, Farm and Landscape Installations… Once the design has been finalized, and plants are known, it’s time to put them in the ground. Our knowledgeable team at Food Forest Farm will insure the plants are placed safely in their new home. See the Holyoke Edible Forest Garden via video, co-designed with Eric Toensmeier.

Workshops and Skillshares

Edible Forest Garden Training… Interested in more then what you can read in a book? At Food Forest Farm there is an opportunity to learn by doing. We have half day, full day, weekend, and week long workshops available throughout the year. Contact us for our scheduled program, or if you would like a custom training in your community. Video from the 2009 Fall Workshop.

Growing Gourmet Mushrooms… Delicious mushrooms can be grown by anyone, in the garden, on logs, or in a bag. We can come to your location, or you can attended many preplanned events. Contact us today.

Food Forest Farm

Edible Forest Gardens: Growing a Food Paradise… The presentation (.pdf file). Check out this presention of Food Forest Farm’s history, design process, and the perennial food we grow. Scheduled public workshops: NOFA MA winter and summer conferences, and other great events.

Botanical Garden Tours… The Permaculture Nursery at Food Forest Farm is our most popular attraction. Come take a tour and see an Edible Forest Garden in its full glory. Step into a modern day Garden of Eden! We welcome your interest, to visit the Farm, please contact us to make an appointment.

Plant Use and Identification… Hands on experience is the best way to get to know, successfully grow, and use the plants from our farm. We would love to have you come to the farm and ask questions, and see the plants growing in well established gardens. When you by that potted plant, you never really know what it will look like as an adult… come see them in real life!

If you would like to work with us or visit the farm please CLICK HERE.

Wild Mushroom and Plant Walks… Ever wondered what those colorful fungi are that pop above the forest floor (some are edible)… How about where to find wild asparagus or wild leeks? Well let’s take a walk and find out. Contact us for a planned walk or schedule your own.

Reading the Landscape Walks… The landscape around our homes and communities can tell us many things. While walking through the forest, one can see into the past, or gain useful knowledge to predict the future. Fun for young and old alike. Contact us for more information.

For our Forest Garden Plant Nursery list please visit; permaculturenursery.com/plantlist.html



Since 1972, Raintree has been supplying flavorful, disease resistant fruit varieties to backyard gardeners like you.

Raintree selects fruit varieties for flavor and ease of growing, with you the backyard gardener in mind. We have searched the world to collect the best backyard fruit varieties for you, the American gardener, as you will see as you enjoy our catalog. Check our Growers Guide for a guide to the best choices for your region.

Most mail order fruit nurseries choose their varieties for the commercial grower and since they grow many thousands of each variety, they then offer those same varieties to you.

Commercial fruit varieties, the same ones you find in the supermarkets, are grown for their uniformity of shape and color, their ability to keep in controlled storage and their high production. We frankly don’t care how bright and shiny the fruit is or how well it can ship across the country. We care about how flavorful the fruit is and how easy it is for you, the backyard grower to grow.

Raintree selects fruit varieties for flavor and ease of growing with over 800 cultivars for the American Gardener, shipped directly to your home since 1972! Please browse through our categories on the left to see our great selection of fruit trees, nuts, berries, ornamentals, and more.


Along with edible plants and planting and growing information they offer;


Book and supply store


Plant lists

Recipes , growing tips

Extensive plant Catalogue

Plant hardiness, ripening and pollination charts and guides

Specific regional appropriate plant varieties

Gift certificates

A 16 page PDF Plant Owner’s Guide

Ongoing plant restoration projects

Product Index;


For questions, please call us;   1-800-391-8892



Bountiful Gardens sells untreated open-pollinated non-GMO seed of heirloom quality for vegetables, herbs, flowers, grains, green manures, compost and carbon crops. We are able to offer many varieties as Certified Organic, Natural, Biointensive or Grow BiointensiveTM sustainable seed. CCOF Certified Organic Handler.

Specialties: Rare and unusual varieties. Medicinal herbs. Super-nutrition varieties.

Biointensive books/videos for growing soil sustainably using mini-farming techniques such as double-digging, intensive spacing,and companion planting.

Fine tools, basic organic gardening supplies, and non-toxic insect controls. Our retail storefront is in Willits;  bountiful@sonic.net

You may be interested to know that Bountiful Gardens is a non-profit organization and a project of Ecology Action of the Mid-Peninsula which does garden research and publishes many books, information sheets, and research papers, some in other languages. Ecology Action operates a research mini-farm in Willits, CA and promotes the GROW BIOINTENSIVE(TM) method of food production which teaches people in 130 countries around the world to grow food and build soil with less work, water, and energy by natural methods. Workshops and tours of the research garden are available throughout the year as well as apprenticeship & internship opportunities. Find out more at growbiointensive.org


Unusual Hot-Weather Heirlooms

Summer Grains


Mushroom Kits

Seed Mixes

Seed Collections

Compost Crops

Grains, Fibers and Oil Crops



Trees, Shrubs, and Berries

Fungal and Bacterial Inoculants

Tools and Supplies


DVDs and Videos







Synergy Seed Exchange

Heirloom and Open pollinated seeds for Gardeners and Small Farmers* Seed savers members and others– We still maintain collections of many of the varieties we listed in SSE Yearbook: please refer to list at bottom of this page… we will continue to provide opportunities for gardeners to regenerate and re-offer seeds from this list and more. As a service to our customers we hope to identify sources for seeds we no longer maintain. Please contact us if you have pure viable seeds- even in small quantities- that you would like to exchange.

How We Grow Seeds


Composting is the cornerstone of our regenerative practices. We recycle our crop residues, vege scraps, leaves, forest litter, local horse manure and add rock minerals, seaweed and other natural ingredients… we also utilize compost tea.  There has been a proliferation of related work with soil organisms under the banner of Biodynamics, the science of the Soil Food Web (pioneered by Elaine Ingham), and the commercial application of products such as ‘EM’ and so much more. Compost Tea has become mainstream with technological advances such as the aeration units now commonly sold.

Biomass farming- that is the conscious management of the  growing and maturing biomass in ones localized system- including classical organic practices such as  green manuring, cover cropping and mulching.  Crop rotation and reduced tillage which are necessary for long term sustainability, disease prevention, weed control and soil stability are also employed.

Prudent use of  dynamic accumulator plants, awareness of companion planting and regeneration of local, native and agro-biodiversity via Kinshp gardening and habitat restoration are also key to our regenerative practices. Seed saving is one essential activity that most traditional farmers have practiced since the dawn of agricultural endeavor.

Natural selection is what we aim to tap into with the above mentioned practices, in order to minimize or even eliminate the use of pesticides. Market growers often rely upon organic pesticide formulations to some extent in order to deliver cosmetically acceptable produce. Growing for seed- on the other hand- often involves some crop loss while improving and selecting for the best seed. Since 1988 I have been able to avoid the use of any commercially formulated pesticide product- organic or conventional- by allowing natural selection to work.

Organic fertilizers– like pesticides-  can also ‘level the playing field’ for your crop, which is necessary for market growers to be competitive but may affect natural selection for seed production. I focus on the methods enumerated above in order to minimize the use of organic fertilizers. The only concentrated form of nitrate fertilizer I have used over the past 20 years is OMRI approved Seabird guano applied to fortify vegetable seedlings, averaging less than 10 lbs per year. Rock phosphate is also applied sparingly and Potash is provided simply by applying wood ash.

Soil amendments such as oystershell flour, gypsum, kelp, other types of broad spectrum rock dust have also been applied sparingly, often incorporated into soil mixes for transplants. For seedling flats I use Peat moss or coco peat (coir), vermiculite, river silt and hi-grade earthworm castings in addition to the materials listed above.

Other propagation methods include mass selection of bareroot seedlings grown in raised beds of primarily natural soil (look for descriptive photos here soon). That is to say, out of large number of seedlings only the strongest are used to plant out the crop, and trueness to type is carefully noted.

Our seedbank has been created over 30 years as a sustainable resource for our family and community. We trial many varieties from trusted sources, and are actively breeding new lines of vegetables. We do sell produce locally, including a CSA type operation that functions almost year round thanks to our mild climate. So we can continually evaluate the quality and performance of the seeds we offer in order to assure you get the very best.

Treated seeds are taboo. Back in the 80′s we confronted this issue with various seed suppliers and began saving outstanding seed varieties when they would not provide them untreated. Thankfully it is much easier today to find many untreated and some organic seed varieties. However there is little transparency regarding the actual methods used to commercially produce organic or conventional seeds.

Genetically modified seeds are also taboo. GM crops such as soybeans, canola and corn have been proliferating in industrial farming areas since the 1990′s leading to great concern over potential for contamination of neighboring crops. Soybeans are generally considered self-pollinating so the risk is practically nil, except for GM seed getting actually mixed in. Canola is insect pollinated and there may be rare instances of cross-pollination with other brassica species in areas where it is widely grown (not here). Corn is wind pollinated, hence involving the greatest risk of contamination but we’ve had the assurance of agronomists from UC Davis that the isolation distances at our remote growing site are far beyond the threshold of concern.

More recently the introduction of GM sugarbeets- also wind pollinated with even greater isolation distances required- has threatened producers of Beet and Swiss Chard seed (they are the same species- Beta vulgaris), particularly in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Contamination has already been discovered in commercial seed lots and has very likely gone undetected in many instances. We feel certain that the varieties we offer are pure because of the isolation distances involved and our foundation seed predates the GM Beta vulgaris menace.  We’ll continue to produce (and assist other growers in producing) pure seed lines in remote locations as this threat is being assessed. For home gardeners wanting to save seed however we advise caution and careful scrutiny of any Beta vulgaris plants near your location, whether planted, volunteer or naturalized.

We produce the seed varieties listed in this online catalog in accord with the methods described here (with the exception of about a dozen varieties that we supply as a service to our customers) . I have been a strictly organic gardener and farmer for over 40 years.

I was honored as one of the Outstanding Organic Farmers of the Year at the EcoFarm Conference 1983. Subsequently I was the only farmer chosen to serve on the Statewide Certification Oversight Committee by CCOF  (California Certified Organic Farmers). Not content with the lack of consensus on the use of organic seeds at the time I chose to focus my efforts upon saving the hundreds of endangered vegetable varieties from commercial extinction, including collaboration with fellow members of the Seed Savers Exchange- aka ‘the Peoples Seed Bank’- under the direction of Kent Whealy (see Home page for more). Synergy Seeds have been sought by contract growers for organic seed companies for over 20 years because we have done the foundational work of keeping many varieties in the public domain.

Like many conscientious organic farmers I chose not to participate in the USDA National Organic Program, instead adhering to the broader socially responsible FARMERS PLEDGE* developed by NOFA-NY. (see online) I’ve abstained from participating in the ‘safe seed pledge’ because I felt the language was too vague, giving no real assurance against GM contamination.

A student of Masonobu Fukuoka, author of The One Straw Revolution and The Natural Way of Farming. his inspirational example was the impetus for many of my organic innovations and evolving philosophy. However I was not content with failed attempts to replicate his work with commercial seed sources, realizing that to truly master Natural Farming one must become intimate with one’s seeds, plants and natural cycles in order to achieve long term success.

Our inspiration to preserve and renew seed resources has grown from over 30 years of organic gardening and farming, and the work of several key mentors. The following words from Luther Burbank‘s biography are worthy of consideration for all those seeking to develop plants suitable for organic methods. “The work of modern hygienists is directly in opposition to the method that Mr Burbank has so persistently practiced in dealing with the weakly and susceptible members of his plant colonies… the best protection…against disease… must come from within the constitution of the plants themselves. (So he has sought to develop immune races) He has not been sedulous to find remedies for plant diseases and he has almost totally avoided the use of sprays and medicants to kill off fungus and bacterial enemies: Check disease by weeding out and destroying seedlings that showed susceptibility to disease.”
(Excerpted from LUTHER BURBANK His Life and Work)

BIOMASS & CARBON CROPS and CEREAL GRAINS :  The carbon consciousness resulting from global warming and climate instability is the key to agroecological innovation. Cereal Grains and other grasses function as Biomass crops with sequestration of carbon in stalks and roots with the grains providing the bulk of humanity’s caloric needs. We have tremendous appreciation for the research work of John Jeavonsand Ecology Action in ‘Biointensive Mini-Farming’. His book HOW TO GROW MORE VEGETABLES is the basic primer used worldwide, emphasizing the use of ‘carbon crops’ grown intentionally for compost and mulching.

Reflect back a century to the words of Burbank, illustrating a profound awareness of global agronomics: “It is easily within the range of experiments of any amateur to conduct similar tests in cross-breeding and selection, starting with standard varieties of wheat or oats or rye… Anyone who would develop a race of wheat that would bear on average one kernel more to the head would thereby add millions of bushels to the annual product, and thus confer a magnificent benefaction on the (human) race…”
“Development of new varieties of cereals may be made in a plot of ground a few feet square… The cereal grasses are graceful plants which if properly placed would constitute a novel feature of lawn decoration. And experiments with them might result in developments vastly surpassing in importance all other possibilities of your… garden.”
(Excerpted from LUTHER BURBANK: His Life and Work)

As my work with seeds began to mature in Yolo County CA in the 1980′s there were collaborative efforts made by engineering students at UC Davis to bring intermediate technology solutions to the third world (and organic farmers). The group became known as I-Tech (notably Alan Dong and Roger Edberg) and several of the key prototypes developed: the winnower, threshers and vacuum sealer are still in use today on our farmand instrumental in processing the hand-crafted seed we offer. Seed cleaning and other ag innovations: see designs here (more to come)



Southern Exposure Seed Exchange


Heirloom, organic, open-pollinated garden seeds from the mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Saving seeds, saving heritage.

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange offers more than 700 varieties of vegetableflowerherbgrain and cover crop seeds. We emphasize varieties that perform well in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, although gardeners and farmers from all over the country grow our seeds. We do extensive germination and purity testing to ensure that we always provide the highest quality possible.

Read in our resource library about why we specialize in heirloom seeds and primarily offeropen-pollinated (non-hybrid) seeds.

You may order seasonal items for later shipment when placing your full seed order. Gourmet, heirloom garlic and perennial multiplier onion bulbs are amongst our specialties (shipped beginning in September for fall planting). We also offer ginseng and goldensealfor fall shipment. When you plant these endangered woodland medicinals, you help ensure their survival for future generations. In the spring, we ship a variety of unusual and heirloom potatoes.

As part of our mission to promote seed saving and traditional plant breeding, we provide a variety of seed saving equipment in quantities appropriate to home seed savers (in ourSupplies), as well as seed saving resources in our Books & DVDs. Our catalog would not be possible without the efforts of the seed savers who created, refined and maintained these heirlooms.

Some of our seed growers have opted not to become Certified Organic, although they do use natural, ecological methods. We indicate these seeds with an “e” symbol. Since certified organic farmers must plant certified organic seeds when available, we prioritize offering USDA certified organic seed for varieties that are particularly well-suited to market gardeners. Rare seeds that are best suited to home gardeners may be contracted to our non-certified but philosophically sustainable growers.

We offer many unusual, Southern heirlooms, such as peanuts, southern peas, naturally colored cotton, collards, okra, turnip greens, corns for roasting and meal, and butterbeans. Customers are often surprised by the diversity of our heirlooms, especially our tomatoes, peppers, and melons.


AFTA - Association for Temperate Agroforestry

Association for Temperate Agroforestry

The mission of AFTA is to promote the wider adoption of agroforestry by landowners in temperate regions of North America. Formed in 1991, the Association for Temperate Agroforestry Inc. (AFTA) is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization based at the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry at Columbia.

With members in the US, Canada and overseas, AFTA pursues its mission through activities such as networking, information exchange, public education, and policy development. Our intended audience includes university researchers, educators and extensionists, private farm and forestry groups, public policy makers, and private landowners. AFTA has received financial support through dues and contributions from its members and the public, sponsorships from public agencies and private corporations,  contracts with USDA, and foundation grants, notably the Allen and Josephine Green Foundation.

AFTA is primarily a voluntary organization. Many individuals from universities, public agencies, private organizations and businesses donate their time and agroforestry-related expertise to help AFTA conduct its educational programs. The affairs of AFTA are overseen by a voluntary Board of Directors elected by its members.

What We Do

AFTA’s educational programs are aimed at facilitating the exchange of scientific and practical information about  temperate agroforestry, primarily in North America. Our major programs include:

  • North American Agroforestry Conference: Since 1989, we have co-sponsored the biennial North American Agroforestry Conference series – a major scientific forum for those involved in agroforestry research, extension and application in the US, Canada and overseas.
  • Newsletters: Our quarterly newsletter, The Temperate Agroforester, contains reports o­n research and demonstration trials, landowner success stories, conference reports, book reviews, links to information sources in print and o­nline, and a calendar of agroforestry-related events. The email newsletter Agroforestry Newsline alerts subscribers to news that’s relevant to agroforestry.
  • Website: Our aim is to make the AFTA website serve as a comprehensive source of news and information about agroforestry, including info o­n agroforestry practices, searchable databases of agroforestry education and research, and links to other information sources.

AFTA – Your Temperate Agroforestry Information Resource

Part of the mission of AFTA is to inform landowners, resource professionals, researchers and educators about temperate agroforestry. With a primary focus o­n North America, we will strive to keep you up-to-date o­n the science and practice of agroforestry and the related fields of sustainable agriculture and non-industrial private forestry. This information will be expanded and updated o­n a regular basis so we invite you to check back frequently.

Agroforestry Newsline

Subscribe The Agroforestry Newsline is sent by email to subscribers at least monthly. It contains news of developments related to agroforestry, including meetings, new publications, new and updated websites, etc.
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The Temperate Agroforester

Read latest issue Published by AFTA since 1995, the Temperate Agroforester is our quarterly newsletter. It contains in-depth articles o­n agroforestry research, education and practice, e.g., practitioner profiles and book reviews.

Agroforestry Activities Database

Search the database Search a database of agroforestry research, demonstration, teaching and practice in the USA and Canada, both in English and French. Use it, for example, to find out who is knowledgeable about a particular agroforestry practice in your state or province.
Add or Update Information

Annotated Bibliography

Search the database With an emphasis o­n North America, this annotated bibliography lists selected books and journal articles that are related to temperate agroforestry. Currently limited to English language publications.

General Internet Sites

View site links Information about agroforestry is also available from universities, government agencies and other organizations. For your use, we maintain a listing of useful websites.

AFTA Publications

View / order
AFTA publishes several reports, white papers and policy statements related to agroforestry. Many of them are available for viewing o­nline. Printed copies of some reports are also available for purchase.

Correspondents Network

Suggest new
If you know of agroforestry information that should be added to our website, AFTA welcomes your suggestions and comments. We also invite you to consider joining the voluntary Correspondents Network, a group of dedicated volunteers who help make this website a valuable source of up-to-date information.







United Plant Savers

United Plant Savers mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come.

These Are Exciting Times for Herbalists. We are witnessing the art of herbalism rapidly regaining its rightful place in the American tradition of health and healing. However, as herbalism flourishes and winds its way into the “main stream” of America, it is eliciting a unique set of problems and concerns. Where once only a small handful of people wildcrafted plants in the wild, ever increasing numbers are now heading to the hills.

Where once herbal enterprises were few and far between, now the competition often forces one to focus on the need for larger production and greater diversity of herbal products, thus utilizing more plant resources. Furthermore, other countries with an uninterrupted tradition of herbal healing are experiencing a severe shortage of medicinal plants and look to the North American continent for supplying these herbs. This increased usage along with habitat destruction is causing an ever-increasing shortage of plant resources, including some of our most treasured medicinal species.

Our work, the work of United Plant Savers, is to research, educate and protect in the interests of our plants and their habitats. We hope that you will join us in this worthwhile and important mission. UpS is a 501 (C)3 non-profit organization.

Species At-Risk

For the benefit of the plant communities, wild animals, harvesters, farmers, consumers, manufacturers, retailers and practitioners, we offer this list of wild medicinal plants which we feel are currently most sensitive to the impact of human activities. Our intent is to assure the increasing abundance of the medicinal plants which are currently in decline due to expanding popularity and shrinking habitat and range. UpS is not asking for a moratorium on the use of these herbs. Rather, we are initiating programs designed to preserve these important wild medicinal plants.

“At-Risk” List 
American Ginseng – Panax quinquefolius
Black Cohosh – Actaea racemosa (Cimicifuga)
Bloodroot – Sanguinaria canadensis
Blue Cohosh – Caulophyllum thalictroides
Echinacea – Echinacea spp.
Eyebright – Euphrasia spp.
False Unicorn Root – Chamaelirium luteum
Goldenseal – Hydrastis canadensis
Lady’s Slipper Orchid – Cypripedium spp.
Lomatium – Lomatium dissectum
Osha – Ligusticum porteri, L. spp.
Peyote – Lophophora williamsii
Sandalwood – Santalum spp. (Hawaii only)
Slippery Elm – Ulmus rubra
Sundew – Drosera spp.
Trillium, Beth Root -Trillium spp.
True Unicorn – Aletris farinosa
Venus’ Fly Trap – Dionaea muscipula
Virginina Snakeroot – Aristolochia serpentaria
Wild Yam – Dioscorea villosa, D. spp.

“To-Watch” List
Arnica – Arnica spp.
Butterfly Weed – Asclepias tuberosa
Cascara Sagrada – Frangula purshiana (Rhamnus)
Chaparro – Casatela emoryi
Elephant Tree – Bursera microphylla
Gentian – Gentiana spp.
Goldthread – Coptis spp.
Kava Kava – Piper methysticum (Hawaii only)
Lobelia – Lobelia spp.
Maidenhair Fern – Adiantum pendatum
Mayapple – Podophyllum peltatum
Oregon Grape – Mahonia spp.
Partridge Berry – Mitchella repens
Pink Root – Spigelia marilandica
Pipsissewa – Chimaphila umbellata
Spikenard – Aralia racemosa, A. californica
Stone Root – Collinsonia canadensis
Stream Orchid – Epipactis gigantea
Turkey Corn – Dicentra canadensis
White Sage – Salvia apiana
Wild Indigo – Baptisia tinctoria
Yerba Mansa – Anemopsis californica

Botanical Sanctuary Network Application

Apply to join the BSN network of over 90 Botanical Sanctuaries across the country. 

The mission of United Plant Savers is to preserve, conserve and restore native medicinal plants and their habitats of the US and Canada, while ensuring their abundant, renewable supply for future generations. To this end, United Plant Savers established …

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UpS Internship Program

Herb Study ~ Intern Opportunity ~ Spring & Fall 2012

Spring Session: Spring session will run April 30 through June 22, 2012 (application deadline April 15th) The Spring Session will be split into two 4-week sessions. You can apply for the first 4-week session or the second 4-week session or the full 8-weeks.

Fall Session: Fall session will run for 6-weeks, from September …

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Partners in Education

One Seed at a Time – Herb Schools embrace UpS
We are offering a special student membership of $20 per student for all herbal schools, apprentice programs, and training courses that enroll their students as a group.

When your school/program joins Partners in Education, your students will have access to all UpS publications on the member resource page, and your school/program …

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Goldenseal Sanctuary

The United Plant Savers 360-acre Botanical Sanctuary sits in the Appalachian Foothills of Southeastern Ohio. Thanks to optimal soil conditions and unique topography, the Sanctuary is a refuge for wild medicinal plants which occur in abundance throughout the property. Historically known as “Paynes Woods”, what is today the UpS Sanctuary was known by many, who lived near to it at the turn of the century, …

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Navdanya is a network of seed keepers and organic producers spread across 16 states in India.

Navdanya has helped set up 65 community seed banks across the country, trained over 5,00,000 farmers in seed sovereigntyfood sovereignty and sustainable agriculture over the past two decades, and helped setup the largest direct marketing, fair trade organic network in the country.

Navdanya has also set up a learning center, Bija Vidyapeeth (School of the Seed) on its biodiversity conservation and organic farm in Doon Valley, Uttarakhand, North India. Navdanya is also actively involved in the rejuvenation of indigenous knowledge and culture. It has created awareness on the hazards of genetic engineering, defended people’s knowledge from biopiracy and food rights in the face of globalisation andclimate change.

Navdanya is a women centred movement for the protection of biological and cultural diversity.

 Navdanya is pleased to announce the launch of its new blog, The Navdanya Diary. An online journal of our activities, the navdanya diary will contain information, articles, letters from the volunteers, pictures and videos and a lot more about our latest activities. Feel free to browse, leave comments, start a discussion and share it with your friends!

Recent Books
Making Peace with the Earth
Wars in the 21st century are wars against the earth; against natural resources like water, soil, forests, minerals, seeds. The global corporate economy based on the idea of limitless growth has become a war economy and the means it uses are instruments of war. Trade wars. Water wars. Food wars.
The GMO Emperor Has No Clothes
Dedicated to the peasants of India who led the first movement of freedom 150 years ago and are rising once again to A global citizens report that documents the false promises and failed genetic engineering technologies in agriculture.
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Courses in 2012

27-28 January, 2012
27th – 28th April 2012
6th – 7th April 2012
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From the Navdanya Diary

  • Seed Freedom Meeting hosted by Navdanya in Delhi on July 4th 2012
    A lively gathering of people from all walks of life including farmers, activists, scientist, legal experts and students have committed themselves to the fight for the protection of seed sovereignty. The Bija […]
  • Eco warriors, arise!
    Vandana Shiva (from the Asian Age 23/05/2012) In June 2012, world leaders along with thousands of participants from governments, NGOs and environmental groups as well as the private sector will come together in Rio […]
  • Biopiracy : A violation of Seed Sovereignty and Seed Freedom
    The Wall Street Journal recently covered an interview with Dr Dutta , who is a genetic engineer and a Deputy Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Dr Dutta has proposed that […]
  • Reaping gold through cotton, and newsprint – P. Sainath’s article in The Hindu on 10/05/12
    Reaping gold through cotton, and newsprint P. Sainath The same full page appeared twice in three years, the first time as news, the second time as an advertisement “Not a single person from the two villages has committed […]
  • Science and Democracy
    Science and Democracy Dr. Vandana Shiva Director, Navdanya In an interview to the journal Science, the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Man Mohan Singh, chose to focus on two hazardous technologies – genetically engineered seeds and crops in […]

Seed Freedom

Seed Saving and Participatory Breeding Course 17-21st September 2012

A-Z of Organic Farming 17th September 2012

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