The Naturally Vegan Plot, nestled in the Tamar Valley, Cornwall has evolved from
the experiences of your hosts over the last couple of decades.
The 3.5 acre field will become a centre for research, demonstration, dissemination
of information, education and practical implementation of Veganic Horticulture,
woodland gardening, low impact land management initiatives, Vegan Permaculture and
sustainable land use.
Utilising methods and principles of production that work in harmony with and closely
emulate natural perennial planting systems, creating a holistic and harmonious
environment which is inviting, welcoming and sustaining to wildlife, whilst excluding
the 'use' of any captive animals or anything derived from their exploitation.
Our aims are to develop large areas of woodland gardens, WET Systems, a natural
swimming pool, edible ponds and bog gardens, demonstration gardens, consultations,
market garden and produce sales and a plant nursery leading to mail order plant
Our objectives are to involve people and share the experience wherever possible
which involves courses and workshops, field trips, volunteers work parties, tours,
presentations and so on.
Ken Fern, a leading expert in his field, our friend and teacher, was originally inspired by
'Forest Farming' a book by Robert Hart and James Shalto-Douglas. Ken began his research
with alternative food crops in 1976, with an emphasis on perennials, having struggled
with annuals and constantly working against nature he had decided there must be an
easier more environmentally friendly way.
Ken developed a database of over 7000 edible and otherwise useful plants with his
key focus on freedom of information, he established the charity Plants For A Future
where we, (Jim and Elaine), worked for a few years.
Ken Fern set out to demonstrate and disseminate information about how plants can
provide people with the majority of our needs, in a way that cares for the planets 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