PFAF

Plants for a Future Resource Pages

  1. Alternative Food Crops – https://web.archive.org/web/20130905192650/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=34
  2. Alternative fruits – https://web.archive.org/web/20130905160925/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=35
  3. Alternative Root Crops – https://web.archive.org/web/20130905144756/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=36
  4. Alternative Edible Leaves – https://web.archive.org/web/20130905133418/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=37
  5. Edible Flowers – https://web.archive.org/web/20130906174456/http://www.pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=38
  6. Winter Salads – https://web.archive.org/web/20130905135230/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=39
  7. Staple seed crops from perennials – https://web.archive.org/web/20130905113028/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=40
  8. Vegetable Oils – https://web.archive.org/web/20130905142633/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=41
  9. Fruit – Food of the Gods – https://web.archive.org/web/20130905183731/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=42
  10. Green Gold – The Leaves of Life! – https://web.archive.org/web/20130905193427/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=43
  11. Useful Weeds – https://web.archive.org/web/20130922182232/http://www.pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=44
  12. Annuals in the Perennial Garden – https://web.archive.org/web/20130905160804/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=45
  13. Plants for Health – https://web.archive.org/web/20121119165137/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=46
  14. Alternative Lighting: Plant Oils and Waxes – https://web.archive.org/web/20120915081932/http://www.pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=47
  15. Fiber Plants – https://web.archive.org/web/20111119060453/http://www.pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=48
  16. Soap Plants – https://web.archive.org/web/20111128165231/http://www.pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=49
  17. Vegetable Oils – https://web.archive.org/web/20110603091641/http://www.pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=50
  18. Allium Species – the Perennial Onions – https://web.archive.org/web/20121025143335/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=51
  19. The Edible Lawn – https://web.archive.org/web/20130919122850/http://www.pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=72
  20. Edible Shrubs – https://web.archive.org/web/20130203013320/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=74
  21. Why Perennials? – https://web.archive.org/web/20121125013239/http://www.pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=75
  22. Conservatory Plants – https://web.archive.org/web/20121117063153/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=77
  23. Edible Ornamental Plants – https://web.archive.org/web/20121117063206/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=78
  24. The Edible Pond and Bog Garden – https://web.archive.org/web/20121117063356/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=79
  25. The Urban Garden – https://web.archive.org/web/20121117063356/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=80
  26. Ground cover plants – https://web.archive.org/web/20121025141357/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=81
  27. Hedges and their uses – https://web.archive.org/web/20121025134311/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=82
  28. Plants for Problem Places – North Facing Walls and Deep Shade – https://web.archive.org/web/20121117063505/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=83
  29. The Potted Garden – https://web.archive.org/web/20121117063343/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=84
  30. Vegan-Organics: The Basic Principles – https://web.archive.org/web/20121117091201/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=85
  31. Conservation Gardening – https://web.archive.org/web/20121119082310/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=86
  32. Why Plants? What is wrong with using animals? – https://web.archive.org/web/20121119164541/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=87
  33. Animal Abuse in today’s society – https://web.archive.org/web/20121119164627/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=88
  34. Woodland Garden Plants – https://web.archive.org/web/20121125031402/http://www.pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=90
  35. The Woodland Edge Garden – https://web.archive.org/web/20121117064902/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=91
  36. Pioneer Species: Re-establishing Woodland – https://web.archive.org/web/20130203013438/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=92
  37. The Garden of Love describes a visit to Robert Hart’s Forest Garden https://web.archive.org/web/20121117064851/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=93
  38. Permaculture Links – http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=119
  39. Sixteen Active Plant Components Explained – https://web.archive.org/web/20111223045633/http://www.pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=139
  40. Top Rated Shrubs For Edibility – https://web.archive.org/web/20130203012102/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=140
  41. Top Rated Annuals & Biennials For Edibility – https://web.archive.org/web/20130203012116/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=142
  42. Top Rated Bulbs For Edibility – https://web.archive.org/web/20130203012124/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=143
  43. Top Rated Perennials For Edibility – https://web.archive.org/web/20130203012134/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=144
  44. Top Rated Trees For Edibility – https://web.archive.org/web/20130203012149/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=145
  45. Top Rated Edible Plants – https://web.archive.org/web/20130203012555/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=146
  46. Top Rated Medicinal Annuals & Biennials – https://web.archive.org/web/20130203014217/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=147
  47. Top Rated Medicinal Bulbs & Climbers – https://web.archive.org/web/20130203014207/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=148
  48. Top Rated Medicinal Shrubs – https://web.archive.org/web/20130203014158/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=149
  49. Top Rated Medicinal Trees – https://web.archive.org/web/20130203014234/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=150
  50. Top Rated Medicinal Perennials – https://web.archive.org/web/20130203014224/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=151
  51. Top Rated Medicinal Plants – https://web.archive.org/web/20140204150907/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=152
  52. Designing Ornamental Gardens with Edible Plants – https://web.archive.org/web/20121119162222/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=154
  53. Designing with plants in an ornamental garden – https://web.archive.org/web/20121119162222/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=156
  54. Edible Ornamentals for the Schoolyard – https://web.archive.org/web/20121119164741/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=157
  55. Ornamental Perennial Vegetables for the Edible Garden – https://web.archive.org/web/20121119163926/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=160
  56. Parts of plants – https://web.archive.org/web/20111223045633/http://www.pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=161
  57. Cottage Gardens – https://web.archive.org/web/20121119164524/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=162
  58. Edible Water Garden Design – https://web.archive.org/web/20121119164046/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=163
  59. Herb Gardens – https://web.archive.org/web/20121119162745/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=164
  60. Gardening tips – Seed Sowing – https://web.archive.org/web/20140204152231/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=168
  61. Edible Trees and Shrubs Hardy in temperate zones – https://web.archive.org/web/20130530042613/http://www.pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=226
  62. Checklist of plants suitable for ground cover – https://web.archive.org/web/20130530042754/http://www.pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=228
  63. Checklist of Trees and Shrubs for Shelterbelts: A – https://web.archive.org/web/20130203013526/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=229
  64. Checklist of Trees and Shrubs for Shelterbelts: B – C – https://web.archive.org/web/20130203013500/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=231
  65. Checklist of Trees and Shrubs for Shelterbelts: E – M – https://web.archive.org/web/20130203013505/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=232
  66. Checklist of Trees and Shrubs for Shelterbelts: P – https://web.archive.org/web/20130203013516/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=233
  67. Checklist of Trees and Shrubs for Shelterbelts: Q – U – https://web.archive.org/web/20130203013521/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=234
  68. TREES AND SHRUBS FOR SHELTERBELTS – https://web.archive.org/web/20130203013443/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=235
  69. Checklist of plants suitable for hedging and windbreaks – https://web.archive.org/web/20130530042312/http://www.pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=236
  70. Checklist of plants suitable for hedging and windbreaks: A – https://web.archive.org/web/20121025140845/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=238 C
  71. Checklist of plants suitable for hedging and windbreaks: B – https://web.archive.org/web/20121025140913/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=239
  72. Checklist of plants suitable for hedging and windbreaks: C – https://web.archive.org/web/20121025140649/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=240
  73. Checklist of plants suitable for hedging and windbreaks: D – F – https://web.archive.org/web/20121025141100/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=241
  74. Checklist of plants suitable for hedging and windbreaks: G – I – https://web.archive.org/web/20121025140832/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=242
  75. Checklist of plants suitable for hedging and windbreaks: L – O – https://web.archive.org/web/20121025140944/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=243
  76. Checklist of plants suitable for hedging and windbreaks: P – https://web.archive.org/web/20121025141011/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=244
  77. Checklist of plants suitable for hedging and windbreaks: Q – R – https://web.archive.org/web/20121025140705/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=245
  78. Checklist of plants suitable for hedging and windbreaks: S – https://web.archive.org/web/20121025141002/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=246
  79. Checklist of plants suitable for hedging and windbreaks: T – W – https://web.archive.org/web/20121025140814/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=247
  80. Checklist of plants suitable for ground cover – https://web.archive.org/web/20121014141816/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=249
  81. Checklist of plants suitable for ground cover: A – https://web.archive.org/web/20121025141330/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=250
  82. Checklist of plants suitable for ground cover: B – https://web.archive.org/web/20121025141349/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=251
  83. Checklist of plants suitable for ground cover: C – https://web.archive.org/web/20121025141305/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=252
  84. Checklist of plants suitable for ground cover: D – F – https://web.archive.org/web/20121025141426/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=253
  85. Checklist of plants suitable for ground cover: G – https://web.archive.org/web/20121025141407/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=254
  86. Checklist of plants suitable for ground cover: H – https://web.archive.org/web/20121025141324/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=255
  87. Checklist of plants suitable for ground cover: I – L – https://web.archive.org/web/20121025141421/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=256
  88. Checklist of plants suitable for ground cover: M – O – https://web.archive.org/web/20121025141311/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=257
  89. Checklist of plants suitable for ground cover: P – https://web.archive.org/web/20121025141316/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=258
  90. Checklist of plants suitable for ground cover: R – S – https://web.archive.org/web/20121025141416/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=259
  91. Checklist of plants suitable for ground cover: T – X – https://web.archive.org/web/20121025141343/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=260
  92. A social learning organisation evolves a research capability in order to study itself – https://web.archive.org/web/20140204172803/http://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=277

Abstract

Permaculture is an approach to designing sustainable human ecosystems and a collection of practitioners implementing that approach. It is rooted in systems design theory, but from the outset in the 1970s, the originators had an ambivalent relationship with the scientific community, and the most frequent criticism of the concept is that it lacks a published evidence base. This presentation elaborates the evolution of a research capability within the permaculture network, drawing inspiration from ornithology, Viable Systems Model, industrial ecology, Pattern Language and symbiogenesis.

The method used was to create a working example of a research ecosystem, operate it in real time, test its functionality through trial runs, observe baseline indicators as well as system-level behaviour, and review and amend the system cyclically to optimise performance. Data collected include practitioner information, site locations, biological indicators, assessments of community, intangible and system-level yields, and carbon footprints. We will present quantitative results on international distribution of practitioners and sites from surveys, annual and perennial polyculture yields from field trials, and carbon footprints from permaculture diploma students. The current status, components and performance of the research ecosystem will be reported.

Discussion benchmarks permaculture against other social learning organisations and design systems, and explores network and system-level indicators and the challenge of measuring impacts including the birth of the Transition Town concept during the development of an Energy Descent Action Plan on a Permaculture Design Course and involvement in Cuba’s rapid decarbonisation after the end of Soviet oil imports.

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