Free Food!!!

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  1. sealybobo

    sealybobo Diamond Member

    Jun 5, 2008
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    I'm wondering how many religious conservatives in "real America" would have a problem with this, even though it says in Leviticus: “You shall not pick your vineyard bare or gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and the stranger.”

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    With everybody looking for ways to save money, free food has never looked better. Devin Browne followed around a group of people who forage for fruit in the city. They look for fruit trees on private and public property to see what they can grab:

    It’s perfectly legal here in Los Angeles to pick fruit from trees that are planted on private property as long as the fruit drops into a public space — like a sidewalk or an alley.

    There are rules, though, to proper, legal urban foraging and the group Fallen Fruit knows them well. Woody Sandberg is with the group.

    "You’re not allowed to reach across someone’s fence. You’re not allowed to reach into someone’s yard. You’re not allowed to crawl up people’s fences or lean ladders on their fences."

    Most of the people in Fallen Fruit ride bikes, sometimes mopeds. A lot of them carry fruit pickers on their back like you might carry a bow and arrow. There’s something almost primal in the way they all look together, fanning out into the street like a band of hunter/gatherers in search of fresh food.

    (sound of street and birds)

    "We’re looking for trees or any thing that produces food that hangs over the fence so we can pick it and eat it."

    Sandberg’s not actually picking fruit today - he’s just finding the best places to forage.

    Later, they’ll go on a harvest ride. Then they’ll make jam and juice and beer with the fruit they’ve found. Today, the mission is just to make maps of where the trees are.

    "Over here we got nopalitos and a lime and some nasturiums."

    People sitting on their porches seem not to mind at all when the group stops outside their house. No one in Fallen Fruit can remember a time when a fruit tree owner yelled or screamed or tried to kick ‘em off the sidewalk.

    (sound of foragers giving directions to each other)

    Which none of the foragers seem surprised by. Fallen Fruit is highly convinced of their mission. Part of this sense of legitimacy comes from the fact that the group originally conceived of itself in biblical terms.

    The name Fallen Fruit even comes from a verse in Leviticus: “You shall not pick your vineyard bare or gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and the stranger.”

    The founders also thought that cities should start planting fruit trees in public spaces, instead of thirsty, frivolous plants.

    But fruit trees are oddly political. And city officials say there are reasons why they do not and will not plant them in public space.

    The first reason LA’s Chief Forrester, George Gonzalez, gave had to do with people tripping and falling on fruit & then suing the city.

    "One of the main reasons is a potential liability from fruit—fruit drop."

    He also said that trends in tree-planting have changed and they like to plant hearty , drought-resistant trees now.

    "Also, fruit trees require more water."

    And then, there are the rats.

    "Rodents love fruit trees... yes."

    Still, the City regularly gives away fruit trees to people who want to plant them in their yards.

    It’s part of the mayor’s Million Trees LA pledge. Like Sandberg, Gonzalez sees fruit trees on private space as a way to benefit the public good.

    "Cause when they look at a map and see it dotted everywhere with fruit trees hanging over the fence I think its going to blow people’s minds about how much food is out there. Because the current mindset is that food is in the grocery store."

    It’s a mindset not even the most dedicated of fruit foragers can escape.
  2. strollingbones

    strollingbones Diamond Member

    Aug 18, 2008
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    chicken farm
    here the churches and food banks "gleen"....after crops are harvested they go in and find the ones too small or the ones not gotten
  3. Old Rocks

    Old Rocks Diamond Member

    Oct 31, 2008
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    Portland, Ore.
    In the rural parts of the Western States, there are many abandoned homesteads. Part of the requirement to prove up a homestead was the planting of a certain amount of fruit trees. When I was young, we used to gather apples, plums, elderberrys, chokecherrys, and pears from the old homesteads. They were abandoned, and often had reverted to the government, or were included in much larger holdings of a rancher. Most were happy to see someone making use of the fruit. A lot of work gathering and canning, but well appreciated in the winter months.
  4. del

    del BANNED

    Sep 3, 2008
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    on a one way cul-de-sac
    what can you make from chokecherries?

    i always thought they were inedible

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