Urban Fruit Abundance – Gleaning

October 26, 2009 at 10:59 am 6 comments


Expanding on the theme of leftovers, it is interesting to see the

practice of gleaning becoming popular in urban areas.   Many local

councils spend time and money removing wasted fruits from street

trees and public areas, and it really seems wasteful this vitamin

packed food just ends up in the bin. 

Now, with new solutions,  old apple trees are used and also intentionally

planted in urban places like railway stations, where they can be

eaten on the way to work.  Waste only seems to cost money in the long

run and when the value of a long awaited fruit harvest is known, people

are more prepared to savour it and use it, rather than let it go waste

in urban places.  Ceres has some great ideas on urban fruit supply in

inner Melbourne, where a haven has been created minutes from the city.

This interesting and common sense video, “Urban Fruit Gleaning” is

produced by Rebecca Gerendasy from the brilliant CookingUpAStory.

(Please wait a moment for the correct video to auto upload.)

(copyright Monika Roleff 2009.)

(copyright CookingUpAStory, 2009.)

(Image – Gleaned lemons via a very kind friend.)


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. woodnymph  |  October 26, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    What a great idea, planting fruit trees in parks for all to benefit. So often here, they just bulldoze whole orchards…what a waste.


  • 2. Sally  |  October 26, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    What a wonderful idea! I’ve often seen hanging over a fence and longed to reach up and grab it to eat while walking. I am going to forward this to the Sacramento City Council and a television station for story idea!

  • 3. Suzanne  |  October 27, 2009 at 6:43 am

    This is a great idea – I love Ceres and the ideas they generate. I hope this becomes a national movement.
    – Suzanne (Gippsland, Vic.)

  • 4. jill  |  October 27, 2009 at 7:07 am

    In and around Milton Keynes, a place some would have is soul-less, the planners planted many fruit trees in public spaces. It is a city of roundabouts and roads and alongside many of these roads are fruit trees – have spent many a happy hour harvesting when visiting friends :). Seems to be an excellent policy and so easy.

  • 5. pearlz  |  April 24, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Some greast posts here. I love fruit trees,
    we are often given fruit by friends so it does not go to waste.

  • 6. imogen88  |  April 25, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Thanks everyone for these fabulous comments! There is so much common sense around urban food use, and any “wild” food use, so good to hear people are into it!!!!


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