Biome Box will contain produce harvested from The Ferns - Plants for a Future, 28 acre Forest Garden in Cornwall for the August box, read on to find out more about this site and the incredible work of Ken and Addy Fern.
It was after reading Ken Fern's book ‘Plants for a Future’, that my interest in perennial food systems began. The book was based upon the Plants for a Future research site in Cornwall, that was established in 1989 by Ken and Addy Fern and is full of thousands of species of plants that are largely all edible.
The diversity of plants on this site, is truly outstanding and goes to show how many species we could be including in our daily diet to diversify and support the human microbiome and consequently our health. Not only this, but systems like this feed the soil a diverse array of nutrients that leads to healthier, more biodiverse soil and this better supports the diversity of health above ground too.
This site is truly a national treasure and really must be cherished and appreciated for its incredible contribution to helping us learn about the diverse plant foods we could be growing in the UK.
Here is the link to buy their main book direct:
Below is review of the book by George Monbiot:
"Ken Fern leads us through a garden of improbable delights - cold climate yams five feet long, edible fuschia fruits, trees laden with delicious berries all through the winter, leaves and flowers with the most subtle and astonishing flavours. It is hard to overestimate the importance and likely impact of this book. Plants For A Future hugely widens the range of edible species which we can, with confidence, grow in temperate climates. It shows us how to use land more efficiently and sustainably than ever before, and it brings to our sadly limited cuisine a vast new range of remarkable foods, all around the year. It is, in short, the first shot in an impending horticultural revolution. The result of an insatiable curiosity and years of painstaking research, this book is comparable in stature only to the works of Evelyn and Culpeper."
Find out more about the Plants for a Future Site here: