Free food in Berkeley!
If you’re anything like me, you love a good deal…
Particularly, if you end up getting something for free!
When we were traveling around the country in our RV, we were always on the lookout for fruit trees. Because, we knew not only could we get our produce for free, but that fruit picked fresh from the tree almost always tastes better (unless you get a crab apple.)
Now you can find free fruit using the web…
A friend of ours forwarded over an email from Wildman Steve Brill — he’s probably the world’s most famous forager. We’ve been to at least 4-5 of his classes back east in the New York and Connecticut area.
Wildman Steve shared a link to a site called Edible Cities.
The site is a google map application that allows you to find or add fruit trees that are in your neighborhood.
It’s basically a crowd-sourced map of free food.
I know… you probably just peed your pants a little bit in excitement like I did when I heard about it. (Just a joke guys, just a joke.)
Anyway, Steve mentioned that is was only in Berkeley, CA and so I took a look and found that our neighborhood is pretty well marked up with all different types of fruit.
I even added a fig tree that I found in a parking lot the other day.
But what I wanted to know was… why only in Berkeley?
So I zoomed out a bit and discovered that there were a few small clusters throughout the United States!
I guess Steve didn’t fully understand the concept. Theoretically, you can search for a fruit tree just about anywhere.
The reason I say theoretically is because there are only a few small spots across the country right now.
There are two trees in Salt Lake City as of now…
And someone in the Silver Lake, Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, CA went crazy!
Here a screenshot of that neighborhood’s fruit tree bounty (I’d be willing to guess that it was one of you guys, LOL!)…
This could be the most useful health site since Find A Spring…
Another site similar to this idea is FindaSpring.com where you can locate natural springs in any area around the U.S. and beyond. That site is always growing and I suspect this one will too.
We used FindASpring.com often during our RV travels as well.
Here’s how much this site has grown over the last few years, every pin is a spring!
The Good and the Bad of Edible Cities
When I first visited the site, I immediately thought of the good and bad of this site.
First — the negative — everyone might find out about my secret stash! But that scarcity mindset went away really quick, when I realized that everyone else’s stash could be revealed as well and it’s likely that there will be plenty of fruit to go around.
Second, as a positive, I realized that I might end up running into and meeting other foragers at these regular spots. So the site is also affords you a great opportunity to make like-minded friends.
Wait, isn’t fruit and sugar bad for you because it’s high glycemic?
Come on guys…
Grabbing a piece of fruit off of a tree and eating it is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Lighten up a bit!
The people at Edible Cities (and hungry foragers all over the world) need your help!
This business is a non-profit organization. What that means is that they either need money or they need your time.
What I think is most valuable to them now is that we help them out and fill out this giant map of the world with all the locations of public fruit trees in your city, town or neighborhood.
This was if anyone is cruising through town they can stop in for a bite to eat as well!
Here’s where to go to search your city and start adding locations now…
Note: Please be sure to read the guidelines and ethics statements about adding trees!
Your Question of the Day: Are there any public fruit trees in your town?