Wednesday, October 12, 2005
As I've been thinking about hunger a lot lately, I was tickled to get my Daily Candy today which had a link to the Fallen Fruit website. The site offers maps of LA neighborhoods with locations of fruit trees on public land dropping wasted food daily. Apparently it is OK to pick from them. I frequently walk by fruit rotting on the ground and think how much I would have enjoyed it. Now I guess the secret is out: it is there for the picking.
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What a great idea.
I was leaf-peeping in northern Michigan last weekend, and it was amazing to me what a good year for fruit it's been -- the "volunteer" apples along the roadsides, and the trees in abandoned orchards, were literally bent down with fruit. Wouldn't it be great if an effort was made to allow some of the hurting people (and there are a lot of them in rural Michigan) in these communities to glean from these trees?
that is fantastic! thanks for the resource. my family taught me how to glean as a child and i am glad to see new generations of gleaners taking to the fields.
if you are interested in this sort of thing you should really see agnes varda's stunning documentary "the gleaners and i" i think its safe to say that it changed my life
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