You’d be surprised at how much food is growing freely all around us. We simply have to open our eyes and look at the world through a new lens. I’ve traveled to 49 states and 6 continents and can say that food is growing all over! I have foraged from from the Northern colder climates of the Great Lakes region in both the Canada and the United States down to the tip of Florida, from the Atlantic coastal states to the Pacific Ocean of California and deserts and prairies in between. Not to mention countries around the world.
From West to East and North to South and in between, food is growing all over! Cold climates, deserts and tropics all have their own abundance whether in the city or the wild. The resources exist to help you get started, but only if you apply yourself. Where there’s a will there’s a way. But you MUST make sure you follow foraging ethics and be a good steward to the world around you!
-Check out the Falling Fruit website and app. People map out foods that are growing freely all around us on Falling Fruit! You can add the foods that you find as well. If you have trees in your front yard that you want to share, add them here!
-Follow some of my favorite foragers on social media:
-Do an internet search for foraging in your state.
-Most of us re foraging on stolen land. LANDBACK is a movement that has existed for generations with a long legacy of organizing and sacrifice to get Indigenous Lands back into Indigenous hands. Currently, there are LANDBACK battles being fought all across Turtle Island, to the north and the South.
See a lot of fruit going to waste in your neighborhood? Start a group to collect it and distribute to people in need. Check out Concrete Jungle in Atlanta for an example.