Fallen Fruit: Saving the World One Fruit Tree at a Time

Fallen Fruit is an organization that’s redefining urban spaces and bringing communities together by turning cities into abundant fruitful places.

Have you ever taken a walk through a neighborhood and noticed trees rich with bounties of fruit?

It hangs for all to see, but not exactly for the picking.

Strange, right?

Pasadena Foraging Map. Credit: Fallen Fruit

In fact, the fruit will most likely end up dropping and rotting on the ground or become a midday snack for some squirrels and birds.

But, what about all the hungry people out there?

With hunger and low-income households being real issues in today’s glutinous societies, several men found a way to help by working with … fruit.

Meet Fallen Fruit, founded by David Burns, Austin Young and Matias Viegener.

According to Fallen Fruit’s Website, “Fallen Fruit began by mapping fruit trees growing on or over public property in Los Angeles. The collaboration has expanded to include serialized public projects and site-specific installations and happenings in various cities around the world.”

If one can get their hands on one of these innovative foraging maps within their city, essentially, one could never go hungry as long as the produce is ripe during a particular season.

Young and Burns took their concept a step farther and created, The Endless Orchard, a way everyone and anyone can plant fruit trees, map them and share its juicy treasure.

“The Endless Orchard we imagine as the largest public artwork in the world that’s going to be a collaborative piece with the public,” Austin Young said.

“So, it’s a massive edible artwork that can go anywhere and anyone can join us.”

With The Endless Orchard in full effect, anyone can plant a fruit tree in front of their house – along a sidewalk or fence – and sharing it with the rest of the world.

“The funny thing about fruit trees is that you notice them when you start looking and they’re this universal symbol of abundance without asking for anything in return,” David Burns said.

“It’s interesting how you can change the aesthetics of a city or a neighborhood that’s at risk, or a food desert, and turn it into a place that’s beautiful, that is generous to all people, that is a resource that doesn’t need much care,” Burns continued.

With fruit frees living longer than most people, Fallen Fruit have found a way to keep giving from generation to generation with very little financial resources.

And hey, who ever got mad at a banana!

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