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Images needed for Carbon Farming Book

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Dear friends of carbon farming,


I’m coming into the last few months of completing the manuscript for Carbon Farming: Stabilizing the Climate with Perennial Crops and Regenerative Farming Practices. Part of that is pulling together photographs – my publisher Chelsea Green would like lots of good images to show what these crops and farming systems look like. I have a bunch of good ones already (about 65), and others from Wikimedia (about 45), as well as about 15-20 illustrations in mind.


That leaves some 70 or so photos that I still need to track down. These are mostly photos of systems (agroforestry and other regenerative practices) and perennial crops. I’m particularly looking for photos of close-ups of the useful parts of the plants, images of large-scale plantings, or images of integrated systems like polycultures. The images need to be of fairly high digital quality (12 megapixels or more), and preferably in color.


If I use your image I’ll provide photo credits of course, and $25 credit towards a book or one of my workshops. Please contact me at [email protected]. Thank you.


Here are the images I still need, chapter by chapter.


Chapter 1: Climate Realities

Chapter 2: Agriculture and Carbon

Chapter 3: Agroforestry systems

  • Tropical homegardens

Chapter 4: Perennial Crops

Chapter 5: Crunching the Numbers

Chapter 6: A Multifunctional Solution

Chapter 7: Perennial-Annual Systems

  • African parkland systems
  • Farmer-managed natural regeneration
  • Faidherbia evergreen agriculture
  • Alley cropping with coppiced legumes and annuals
  • Alley cropping (strip intercropping) with tree crops and annuals
  • Contour hedgerows
  • Sloping Land Agricultural Technology
  • Vetiver on contour
  • Pasture cropping

Chapter 8: Perennial-Livestock Systems

  • Silvopasture
  • Dehesa, preferably with livestock below
  • Managed, holistic, or rotational grazing
  • Intensive silvopasture
  • Living barns or green corrals
  • Restoration agriculture

Chapter 9: Fully Perennial Systems

  • Chinampas or Chinese dyke-pond systems
  • Short rotation coppice

Chapter 10: Other systems

  • Rainwater-harvesting earthworks on farm (swales etc.)
  • Indigenous land management practices
  • Keyline
  • Organic no-till
  • Productive restoration

Chapter 11: Introduction to Species

Chapter 12: Perennial Staple Crops Overview

Chapter 13: Basic Starch Crops

  • Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis)
  • Enset (Ensete ventricosum)
  • Sago (Metroxylon sagu)

Chapter 14: Balanced Carbohydrates

  • Tahitian chestnut (Inocarpus fagifer)
  • Yeheb (Cordeauxia edulis)
  • Nypa (Distichlis palmeri)
  • Peach palm (Bactris gasipaes)
  • Mesquite (Prosopis spp.)

Chapter 15: Protein

  • Chachafruto (Erythrina edulis)
  • Wattleseed acacias (Acacia colei, A. victoriae, A. murrayana etc.)
  • Cow trees (Brosimum utile etc.), preferably showing tapping for milk

Chapter 16: Protein-Oil

  • Walnut (Juglans regia)
  • African breadnut (Treculia africana)
  • Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa) or sapucaia (Lecythis spp.)
  • Mongongo (Schinzophyton rautennii)
  • African locust bean (Parkia biglobosa)
  • African oil bean (Pentaclethra macrophylla)
  • Oyster nut (Telfairia pedata)

Chapter 17: Edible Oils

  • Shea (Vitellaria paradoxa)
  • Marita, redfruit (Pandanus conoideus)
  • Safau (Dacryodes edulis)
  • Cacao (Theobroma cacao)

Chapter 18: Sugar

  • Sugar cane (Saccharum officinarum)

Chapter 19: Introduction to Industrial Crops

Chapter 20: Biomass

  • Timber bamboos (Guadua, Dendrocalamus, Bambusa etc.)
  • Bamboo construction
  • Coppiced eucalyptus (any species)
  • Coppiced poplar (Populus)
  • Willows (Salix)
  • Rattan (Calamus)

Chapter 21: Industrial Starch

  • Osage orange (Maclura pomifera) – looking for heavy yields of fruit
  • Tagua (Phytelephas)

Chapter 22: Industrial Oil

Chapter 23: Hydrocarbons

Chapter 24: Fibers

Chapter 25: Other Industrial Crops

  • Teri-pod (Caesalpinia digyna)
  • Gum Arabic (Acacia Senegal), hopefully showing gum or harvest
  • Neem (Azadirachta indica)
  • Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), hopefully showing coppiced lead production

Chapters 26-28: Implementation

  • Climate protests
  • Climate negotiations
  • Planting or installation of agroforestry, perennial crops etc, at scale or in communities
  • Farmer producers associations or cooperatives



  • Anything else demonstrating agroforestry, perennial crops, managed grazing, improved production of annual crops, or other good shots
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