Imagine a city where public parks were full of fruit trees, grapevines, and herb gardens, all of which you were free to harvest for food. In a small but meaningful way, our friends at Fallen Fruit, who we collaborated with on the EAT LACMA video series, are making that vision a reality. The collective teamed with Los Angeles County to create California's first public fruit park, which launched last week in Del Aire Park. The urban orchard features 27 fruit trees, eight local grapevines, as well as a herb garden. Members of the community themselves will be responsible for sustaining and harvesting the orchard.
Here's a some more about the project from Fallen Fruit:
Through this collaboration Fallen Fruit invite the citizens of Los Angeles to reconsider their relationship with public and urban space to explore the meaning of community through sharing and creating new and abundant resources. The fruit trees planted in Del Aire Fruit Park reflect the natural ripening of fruit during a season, plums and peaches in the summer, pomegranate and persimmon in the fall, and citrus such as lime, lemons, oranges and kumquats over the winter and spring.
Having just been planted, the trees are still their infancy, be patient and watch for upcoming community activities and fruit giveaways.
For the time being, a wooden sign overlooking the trees describes their purpose: "The fruit trees in this park belong to the public," it says. "They're for everyone, including you. Please take care of the fruit trees and when the fruit is ripe, taste it and share it with others."
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