Thursday, November 2, 2017

Hello friends and supporters!

Although I am not currently doing very much with this blog, having moved most of my activity to my new website, there are some recent developments that I thought should be listed here! 

First and foremost: I recently had the great pleasure of speaking with Scott Mann of the Permaculture Podcast. We had some really enjoyable discussions, both on-air and off, about life, Permaculture and the Food Forest cards. You can hear a bit of our rambling discussion for yourself on his most recent podcast (please excuse the sound quality!):

Second: as some of you may have already realized, we have a new Website! Please visit us here

Third: there are now a number of games you can play with your cards. You can find them on the Instructions page of our new website (click here). We are always looking for new games - and improvements on the ones we've developed - so PLEASE send me feedback and tell me about the games you are playing with the cards!

Finally: if you can, please share our new website and a link to the podcast on social media. We would really love to get the word out far and wide.

Thanks again for your ongoing support!

Best wishes,Karl

Friday, February 3, 2017


Thank you for all the great feedback!  This is an amazing experience, and I am so glad we are in touch!  The fall and winter have been crazy, in so many ways, and your generous feedback has made me smile so many times

Here are a couple of developments:

First, aoplogies: this blog is really not being kept up to date anymore.  I am using the website now.  That site is up and running and should be improved quite a bit during the next couple of months.

Second, if you want to interact directly with me and with other folks who are brainstorming new games to play with the Food Forest decks, please visit our Permies forum thread here: All comments come to me and, after you leave a comment on that thread, you should be updated about other comments and can stay in the loop with new game ideas.  Please visit often and share your thoughts, no matter how shy you are!

Third, the cards are available on the website.  

Finally, please let everyone know about the cards by sharing our Permies forum link and the website address on any social media platform you likePlease friend me on FB and "like" our FFCG Facebook page.

Warmest wishes,

Friday, September 30, 2016

Food Forest Card Game Website

I am excited to say that the Food Forest Card Game is now available on my new website's "gift shop" page. The website is a work in progress, with lots of pages still under construction, but please let people know that the cards are available as of today!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

And They're OFF!

As I write, hundreds of boxes of cards are flying to all corners of the globe, spreading the word about food forests and, hopefully, inspiring new projects on the ground.

If you supported this project through Kickstarter, your cards should be arriving soon.  There were a few supporters who did not send me their addresses. They should feel free to contact me through Kickstarter so that I can get their thank you gifts into the mail.

I will be taking the month of August to recuperate before launching the cards to the general public, through this website and through retail locations.  So, if you know of a museum store, botanical garden, nursery, farm stand or gift shop that might be interested in carrying these cards, please direct them to this website in early September. If you have friends who missed out on the Kickstarter campaign, please let them know that the cards will be available after my vacation.

Thanks again to my hundreds of supporters and friends who made this project possible. We would be nowhere without you!


Friday, July 8, 2016

Cards Printing!

Hello Friends & Backers!

Yes, I have neglected this website, choosing to stay in touch with my backers directly.  I hardly realized that I had left it without any news at all!  The truth is, this has been such a busy time that I haven't had a moment to think about anything beyond getting the cards edited and completed.  But they are at the press right now.  In fact, I was able to watch the beginning of the print run on Wednesday and took some photos of the printing process.

From the beginning I have struggled to make this a local product.  My first samples, however, could not be printed locally.  I tried to do them locally but nobody local was willing to print just 30 sample decks.  Now, thanks to my wonderful Kickstarter backers, I have been able to set the cards up at an amazing printer in East Providence, RI, only 15 minutes from my own doorstep.  This means we've been able to cut one leg out of the shipping process, keep the process local, and keep it just a little bit greener.

The cards are being printed on 30% post-consumer recycled stock - a compromise between quality and responsibility.  Playing cards have to withstand the rigors of regular use, which necessitates some fresh materials.  However, all of the "fresh" paper comes from FSC certified, sustainably-managed forests.  The boxes, themselves, are 100% post-consumer.  The printing process is low-VOC and as environmentally friendly as we could make it.  

Best of all, 100% of our Kickstarter funds will be spent in Rhode Island, USA.  I hope to have the cards available by September for online, and wholesale, orders.  In the meantime, I am going to continue focusing on getting the first 500 decks out to my amazing backers! 

Thank you all for your support.  Check back in August for more news on the Food Forest Card Game's public release.


Sunday, April 3, 2016

Only 48 Hours Left!!!

Hello Beautiful Backers!

We are just about to head into the final 48 hours! If you have meant to pledge and just didn't get the chance, this is your last opportunity to do so!

Thank you so much to everyone who has pledged, and helped out, along the way! Your help has been wonderful and your support is unbelievable!


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Thank you!

As this campaign draws to a close, I am thinking about all of the people to whom I owe thanks. At the top of the list are the many folks at who have selflessly reminded their readers about this project. The "Dailish Email" (subscribe here: and this great discussion thread have given us constant attention!

Please join me in thanking Paul and his team for our success.  And please consider signing up for the "Dailish Email".  If you are interested in Permaculture, this is a great way to keep up on what's going on in our world.

Thank you Burra Maluca and Paul Wheaton! Without you, we might never have been funded!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Free Original Artwork Raffle!

Great news!  

We just passed 80% this morning!  I am so thrilled that I have decided to give away some of my favorite original artwork!

Simply put, all you need to do to be entered in the raffle for the Scarlet Runner Beans artwork is to click this link and back the project.  Every dollar pledged counts as one virtual ticket.  Backers also have a selection of great thank you gifts.  If you want more details, read on.  If you are satisfied with the short version, please just back this project before our time runs out!

This is artwork that I drew for the cards and is the actual pencil sketches that were scanned to create the cards in this deck!  These pencil sketches are uncolored, because the coloration was done on my computer, but the winners will also receive a (non-archival) color printout of the artwork.

The two drawings to be raffled are the scarlet runner bean drawing and the daikon radish drawing.  The daikon radish sketch will be raffled off to one of the current backers*.  The scarlet runner bean drawing will be raffled off to any new backers beginning tomorrow, 3/25/2016, at 12:01 AM EDT. Every dollar donated is worth one raffle ticket.  If you already pledged $25, you have effectively purchased 25 tickets for the daikon radish drawing raffle**.  If you pledge $25 beginning tomorrow, you earn 25 tickets in the "new backers" raffle.

But, to be legal and fair, there is no contribution required.  Here are two ways that you can automatically be entered into both drawings:
1. Earn 10 free tickets: To earn 10 free tickets for each raffle, leave one nice comment about the cards on our thread - starting today!  Please do not mention the raffle on the Permies thread! If you are concerned that I might not have your contact information, or might miss the entry, you can alert me via this Kickstarter campaign. (Limit one entry via this method per participant. Comments mentioning the raffle will be disqualified.)

2. Earn another 10 free tickets for each raffle: contact me via the website's Contact Us form - located on the right-hand sidebar. Make sure to include the words "Enter Me in the Artwork Raffle" at the top of your message. (Limit one entry via this method per participant.)
Please note, if you have already backed the project, you can still be entered in the second drawing.  Simply increase your pledge, and your additional pledge money will count toward the second drawing. Or you can also use one of the two methods above to earn free tickets for each drawing.

Each drawing will be sent to one of two lucky winners at the end of our Kickstarter campaign.*** Limit, one piece of artwork per winner!
* Current backers are defined as backers who donate before midnight 3/24/2016, EDT.

** If you are a backer and DO NOT wish to be automatically entered into this raffle, please contact me through the Contact Us form on the website and include the words "Please do not enter me" at the top of the message.
The fine print: If the Food Forest card game Kickstarter campaign does not reach 100% of its final goal, the raffle will be cancelled and no artwork will be given away. Artwork will be sent by the least expensive method upon the successful completion of the Kickstarter campaign. Campaign (and raffle) ends Thursday, April 7 at 1:46 PM EDT. Artwork will be sent with signature confirmation. If artwork is verified to be lost by the United States Postal Service, another drawing, chosen at the sole discretion of Karl Treen, will be substituted in its place as compensation. Delivery  will be verified using USPS signature confirmation (where available) and will be considered delivered if signed by any receiving party. International deliveries will be attempted but cannot be verified.  Unverified losses, or losses that occur outside of the United States, cannot be compensated.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Hello Friends,

Just a quick note to tell you that the Food Forest Card Game Kickstarter campaign just started!  Please take a moment to check it out!  There is a video and other information, not to mention a great selection of Thank You gifts for those who are kind enough to give us their support!

Most importantly, please help us out by sharing this information on Facebook.  We really need people to share our links as often as possible.


Friday, March 4, 2016

Hello Friends!  It's almost crunch time for me and the Food Forest cards.  The Kickstarter campaign is being reviewed right now!  Anyhow, thank you for all of your support!  In the meantime, here is a nice post put together by my friends at Permies.  Please check it out and comment if you have time.  Our comments will keep it rising to the top!