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If you'd like to learn more about the plants we sell and other edible landscaping plants, here are a few excellent resources:

Visit my online bookstore for a variety of excellent books on the topic of edible landscaping and edible plants.

North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX)
NAFEX is a network of professional and amateur fruit growers devoted to the discovery, cultivation and appreciation of fine fruits and nuts. They exchange ideas, information, experience and propagating materials. All methods of horticulture are embraced. A wide range of fruits and nuts are discussed within the group--both commercial/conventional and lesser-known, exotic, and native fruits/nuts.  Members are bound by the spirit of fellowship and cooperation in the common quest for the best in fruit. Membership includes a quarterly newsletter, access to online archives of past newsletters, conference discounts, access to a diverse lending library, optional membership to email list and forum.  

Plants For a Future
Plants For A Future (PFAF) is a charitable company, originally set up to support the work of Ken and Addy Fern on their experimental site in Cornwall, England, 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, which was their base since 1989. Over ten years ago, Ken began compiling a database of these edible and useful plants. Now available online and expanded for public use, website visitors may use the database to search for over 7000 edible and medicinal plants using a number of search criteria including: common and Latin names, keyword, family, habitat and use (medicinal, edible or other). While written from a British climate perspective, it is an extremely useful tool and a great source of information. Among other useful information, an "edibility rating" (from 1-5) is given to all plants. (A medicinal rating is given as well.)

Ellaberry Gardens
Ellaberry Gardens is a Tulsa-based home business that offers seasonal garden/urban homesteading classes, edible garden design and consultation, a monthly newsletter, recipes and instructions for using edible plants and much more.  Terrific Tulsa-area resource! 

Edible Landscaping Forum on Gardenweb
This forum is for the discussion of plants which provide value to both the table and the landscape. [Note: other forums may be of interest/relevance there as well, depending upon your interests.]

Soil Biology Primer
This online book from the National Resource Conservation Service is a great resource for learning about the variety of biological life in your soil and how the various organisms present in soil interact to create healthy soil conditions and healthy plants. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Go to Chapter 1: The Soil Food Web" to begin reading. (My bookstore has some other resources on this same topic.) 

The Overstory International Agroforestry Journal
An excellent overview of how forest systems work.  A collection of 100 different papers on various agroforestry topics.




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