The Naturally Vegan Plot
A Volunteer Run Initiative
dedicated to low impact veganic woodland gardening
Welcome to The Naturally Vegan Plot Crowdfunder campaign.
We need your help to raise at least £15,000 in order to secure a plot of land, plant our many delicious edible and useful plants, create a safe haven for nature, learning, health and enjoyment whilst putting the principles of least harm and the techniques of veganic cultivation into practice, permanently!
With deep concern and devotion for nature, the environment, health and sustainability. It is time for us to put down roots, sow some seeds, grow new shoots and reap the harvest, so we can all enjoy the fruits of our labour.
Having evolved through over 50 combined years of experience The Naturally Vegan Plot, like any garden allowed to do so, is growing organically and we have aspirations... Greener Dreams!
The realisation of these ambitions requires that we secure an area of land which will be dedicated to the principles of least harm and the techniques of natural cultivation which we endorse, strive for, and embrace.
Working example of Veganic techniques -
We aim to show how vegan organic horticulture and growing edible and otherwise useful plants can be applied on any scale from window boxes, through home gardens and allotments to whole farms and beyond with a view to cleaner, greener and cruelty-free produce becoming widely available with a view to a truly sustainable future.
Background of The Naturally Vegan Plot
Devoted vegan organic gardeners and founders of The Naturally Vegan Plot, Elaine and Jim, are influenced and deeply inspired by dear friends, vegan pioneers, veganic gardeners and teachers Ken Fern and Kathleen Jannaway.
Along the way, we have been fortunate to gather vast experience and knowledge whilst designing, implementing and managing many plots ranging from small container gardens to 84 acres.
Ken Fern, the founder of Plants For A Future, researcher and author of Plants For A Future - Edible and Useful Plants for a Healthier World, is also compiling a plant species database for the temperate climate, currently consisting of over 8,152 edible and useful plants.
Kathleen Jannaway former secretary of The Vegan Society and founder of The Movement For Compassionate Living and author of Abundant Living in the Coming Age of the Tree, amongst other titles.
In Search of The Plot
In brief, due to circumstances beyond our control, The Naturally Vegan Plot has evolved through a succession of rented and borrowed land all leading to the realisation that this is not sustainable.
It's time for us to put down roots! The next stage in our evolution is to raise funds to buy land which will give us a permanent place to locate the hundreds of plants we have gathered along our journey and to put our principles of least harm into practice, permanently!
Positive Practical Solutions
Appropriate Alternatives to Current Negative and Unsustainable Land Management Practices
Vegan Organic Agriculture and Horticulture
Vegan organic / Veganic is sometimes known as stock free. It broadly means a system of cultivation that excludes artificial chemicals, farmed animal manures, animal remains from slaughterhouses, genetically modified material and anything of animal origin such as blood, fish and bone.
There are currently only a small number of vegan-organic farms, so vegans find themselves in a position of compromise with regard to fruits and vegetables, herbicides, pesticides and products of slaughterhouses because unfortunately most organic fruits and vegetables are grown using slaughterhouse by products.
Polyculture vs Monoculture
Polyculture is the raising at the same time and place of more than one species of plant and considers diversity, companion planting, no dig, organic matter, soil structure, microorganisms and all-round healthy ecosystems.
The above comparison between polyculture and monoculture shows the strikingly apparent advantages of land regeneration and habitat provision through emulating nature.
By growing food and other commodities using polyculture principles we quickly begin to improve biodiversity and productivity whilst creating a healthier environment and benefits for all life on Earth.
Low impact land management practices which focus on perennial plants with integrated plantings of annuals offer a positive practical and appropriate solution to many issues facing conventional land use.
Many people will find that they already have a number of perennial edible and useful plants in their gardens, growing as ornamentals.
Agroforestry is a land management system in which trees or shrubs are grown around or among crops or pastureland. This intentional combination of agriculture and forestry has a wide variety of benefits.
Woodland gardening is potentially the most productive system for growing food and other useful plants and the principles are suitable for small container gardens to large farms and beyond.
A wide range of plants can be grown in a way that mimics a natural woodland but with a diversity of species being chosen with productivity in mind. Thus you can have tall growing fruit and nut trees as the canopy layer of the woodland offering a wide range of tree crops.
Various smaller trees, shrubs and climbing plants are interplanted amongst the canopy trees. Smaller plants that are tolerant of shade are then grown beneath the trees and shrubs, creating ground cover on the woodland floor.
All of the smaller trees shrubs, and ground cover plants are sheltered from weather extremes such as wind, heat and cold. They can thrive in the protective conditions supported by the woodland providing diversity and variety year round.
A woodland garden requires very little maintenance once it is established, just like a natural woodland it thrives without human intervention such as watering and fertiliser. Deep roots of many species bring up nutrients and water from deep in the soil, ground cover retains water, prevents drought, prevents erosion and suppresses weeds. Leaf fall provides fertiliser, and deters weeds, the diversity invites predators. So watering, weeding, fertiliser, shelter, and 'pest' control are all managed within the system.
Thus we can grow more food on less land with much less effort, leaving plenty of time for harvesting, maintaining pathways and enjoyment.
What some of our visitors, customers and volunteers have to say about The Naturally Vegan Plot.
The Naturally Vegan Plot is part of a growing conscientious, ethical community who are concerned about our impact on the Earth and all life. We are dedicated to sharing our knowledge and encourage compassion through all our actions.
We consider the sustainable land use to be of planetary significance, please like, follow and share The Naturally Vegan Plot. We hope you will dig deep to help these dreams bear fruit and join us on our woodland journey, so we can all grow into the future.