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    About SARI

    Sustainable Agriculture Research Institute

    SARI is a small, non-government, non-profit organisation dedicated to working toward sustainable human existence. (Established in 1982).

    We are based on a 30 hectare property south of Nannup in the south-west of Western Australia.

    One of our projects is establishing a gene-pool of useful species relevant to our climatic conditions. We are having successes with plants from the Mediterranean regions, the temperate regions and the highland tropics.

    As a part of that process we began accumulating information on useful plants. We have now published three books on useful plants and are working on others.

    We teach Permaculture courses here and away.


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    Permaculture Plants: Palms and Ferns

    by Jeff Nugent

    The designers tool for selecting species for function, climate and local conditions.

    The comprehensive guide to edible and useful palms and ferns.
    Productive plants for: land rehabilitation; staple foods; emergency foods; most human needs; difficult sites.

    More than 950 species covered. Featuring Azolla (the super organism) the tiny fern that changed the world completely and could do it again.
    This book is really about conservation - conservation of soil; fossil fuel; human energy; species; and genotypes of species. Ultimately it is about conservation of the human species, which is obviously doomed unless we change our priorities away from a consumerist society and shift our direction towards well-designed sustainable systems.

    The plants listed in this book have great potential to turn the problems of desertification into solutions enabling food security and abundance.
    Simultaneously massive pressure can be taken off of species at risk.

    460pp A4 format (colour plates)

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    Permaculture Plants: A Selection

    by Jeff Nugent and Julia Boniface

    An easy to use guide to selecting

    hundreds of perennial species

    • An indispensable reference for Permaculture designers.
    • Plants to suit most environments.
    • Productive plants for land rehabilitation.
    • Nutritional and medicinal information.
    • Exhaustively indexed.

    160pp (A4 format) colour plates

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    Permaculture Plants: Agaves and Cacti

    by Jeff Nugent

    The comprehensive guide to edible and useful Agaves and Cacti

    • Productive plants for land rehabilitation.
    • Plants which survive uncertain rainfall.
    • Snow and drought resistant plants.
    • Staples of ancient cultures.
    • Low effort emergency food.
    • Seed and plant suppliers.
    • Extensively indexed.

    104pp (A4 format)

    Second Edition Now Finalised

    User friendly and cheap Peter Travis, Cactus Garage

    The language is aimed at the non-botanical reader who wants his information in digestible form and simple propagation methods are provided,
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    Contacting SARI

    Please e-mail us at sari@permacultureplants.net

    or post a letter .to:
    Sustainable Agriculture Research Institute
    PO Box 10
    WA 6275

    Our telephone contacts are:
    (08)97561271 or (08)97561014

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    Last Revised: 24 February 2018.

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