Interested in FREE Fruit? Interested in doing a little urban foraging? If you want to help make your community a better place and start foraging in the city, then join in on the adventure! What is urban foraging? Let me explain…
Urban Foraging is the act of harvesting fruits and greens from local trees, gardens, patches, all in a legal way. To collect free food for you or others in the community, and to help prevent this perfectly free and legal food not go to waste!
In some cases it gets even more involved. Urban Foraging doesn’t stop at just food, people also forage for curbside furniture, or old pallets, anything that falls into the realm of “One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure.” How will you Urban Forage? Keep reading for a list of ideas and examples found around the map!
Urban Foraging Networks:
Fallen fruit is an art collaboration originally founded in 2004 by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young. Now David and Austin are continuing the work from 2013 to this date. They devote their time and efforts to giving everyone to as much access to free fruit as possible. This includes mapping out urban fruit trails, and special-event intiatives, like handing out fruit saplings or hosting a jam & jelly food swap. Details listed below. But first, let’s talk more about these fruit trails.
What Is An Urban Fruit Trail?
Whenever a tree hangs over to public property, the fruit is now also public property! But how do you find these trees? Leave it to the pros. They’ve got scouts everywhere making maps for city dwellers to follow. So the next time you’re craving an orange, don’t go to the store, instead check out one of the Urban Foraging Websites below, and see if there are any local orange trees in your area.
Urban Trails in Pasadena:
To get the list of all the maps, click here!
Find local fruit trees in your own community, and enjoy harvesting! The less fruit that goes to waste, the better!
There’s another website, FallingFruit.org, that has an even broader map of wonderfully free fruit trees that you can “shop” to your liking. With discretion. 😉
Always be respective of property owners. Trees should only be plucked if the fruit is noticeably over the edge, on public ground, or with owner’s permission.
Never trespass to collect food. That is considered stealing and is punishable by law.
Check it out:
Learn more about what they do and about urban foraging to build a better community from the founders themselves:
What do you think of Fallen Fruit? Let us know in the comments section what your thoughts are on this urban foraging organization. Will you give it a try? Let us know how it went and share your experience with us in the comment section below.
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