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(article, Culinate staff)

Once upon a time — say, a few years ago — the free-food trend was all about urban foraging: spotting, mapping, and harvesting food (mostly fruit from trees) that would otherwise rot on city sidewalks. 

Now, however, the fruit foodies are taking things a step further. First came Seattle's '"food with edibles purposely planted in a public park. Now Los Angeles is following suit, with a '"public

As Patricia Leigh Brown noted in the New York Times,_ such tasty parks are "part of a growing fruit-activist movement" that includes "pioneers like TreePeople in Los Angeles, which has given away some 200,000 trees, including thousands of fruit trees, since 1983."

bq. Newer arrivals include “urban space hackers” like the Guerrilla Grafters in San Francisco, who surreptitiously graft fruit tree branches onto purely ornamental trees. Another is the San Francisco Garden Registry, which tracks urban farmers online and, like a fruit dating service, helps them meet and share their surplus harvests. . . . New orchards are springing up in other cities, too, including Chicago, where the Chicago Rarities Orchard Project seeks to preserve forgotten fruit like the pawpaw, and Seattle, where Seattle City Fruit volunteers are liberating orchards long concealed by vines.

Free fruit, everywhere!