What’s Better Than Fresh Food? Fresh and Free Food!

Falling Fruit

Caleb Philips and Ethan Welty have launched an interactive map last month that identifies more than a half-million locations across the globe where fruits and veggies are free for the taking. The project, dubbed “Falling Fruit“, pinpoints all sorts of tasty trees in public parks, lining city streets and even hanging over fences all over the world.

Using Google Maps and crowd sourcing their database, they are able to create a world map of naturally, free food for the modern age.  Foraging locations are pinned with dots. Zoom in and click on one, and up pops a box with a description of what tree or bush you can find there. The description often includes information on the best season to pluck the produce, the quality and yield of the plant, a link to the species profile on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website, and any additional advice on accessing the spot.

“The big goal, in a way,” Ethan says, “is to make people realize that there is potential [for foraging in cities] and deliberately create food forests, like the Beacon Food Forest and others around the country — to rethink what a city should look like.”

We’ve already put Cambria’s wonderful Blackberries on the list!  Do you have any you want to add too?

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