Edible Public Spaces

apple tree

About 4 years ago, when the recession splashed over, I wandered through the city, observing the green areas of the public spaces between the blocks of flats, with trees and bushes and asked myself why don’t those people plant fruit trees and fruit bushes there, so they can have fruits when they need. They could have fruits all spring, summer and early autumn. An maybe the lines in front of the humanitarian warehouses would be a bit shorter.

Many fruit trees grow high and bear lots of fruits, like apple trees, cherries, pears, plums, apricots, mulberries, figs, persimmons, peaches, jujubes, cornels, carobs, strawberry trees and others (in the other climate areas), and don’t need lots of tending, and don’t need to be sprayed with phytopharmaceuticals. For some years I forgot about that walk to the town that brought me that very thought.

And guess what? Two years later I was browsing the internet and I could only ask myself if someone was reading my mind when I saw this:

http://mundraub.org/

http://obststadt.at

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