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157Fallen Fruit at MCASD (downtown SD) Thu Feb 5 6-10pm + DIY WWOOF SD County

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  • Colin Leath
    Jan 30, 2009
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      [1] This event showed up at the sdtjdph calendar ( j9k.org/cal ) via
      foodcalendar.org but I haven't seen it mentioned yet on any of the
      lists. So here it is:

      Links to event details:

      http://tinyurl.com/bnx7n4 or:

      The MCASD TNT info:

      The following is pasted from the fallen fruit artist statement
      http://www.fallenfruit.org/media/FF_statement.pdf on their downloads
      page. Also check out their maps http://www.fallenfruit.org/maps.html .

      The Principles of Fallen Fruit:
      1. Fruit on public property belongs to all of us.
      2. Mapping it is a way to share with everyone, learning neighborhoods
      by foot, rather than by car.
      3. Ask property owners to plant fruit trees for everyone.
      4. Functional landscaping: ask cities to plant fruit trees in parks,
      parking lots, and on streets.
      5. Open dialogue within neighborhoods about public spaces.
      6. Think about who has fruit and other resources, and who does not.

      FALLENFRUIT is a collaboration of Dave Burns, Matias Viegener and
      Austin Young http://www.fallenfruit.org


      Fallen Fruit is a collaborative art project which began as a whimsical
      mapping of our neighborhood public fruit: all the fruit trees we could
      find that grew on or over public property.
      When your neighbor's fruit tree hangs into your yard, that fruit is
      considered yours. But whose fruit is that on public property? We
      believe that fruit planted on private property which overhangs public
      space should be public property and created this project to encourage
      people both to harvest and plant public fruit. The project is a
      response to accelerating urbanization and the loss of people's
      capacity to produce their own foods, as well as issues
      around grassroots community activism, social welfare and social responsibility.

      From the original printed edition, we expanded into a website which
      posts local maps from the handmade to the high-tech, submitted by our
      neighbors. We have pictures of fruit and
      harvesting, including fruit pin-ups. Our ambition is to map the city,
      the whole state, and then the world. We have also begun to propose
      public fruit projects. These include further mapping, a campaign to
      encourage property owners to plant fruit, petitions to the city to
      plant streets and parking lots, and a proposal for a public fruit
      park. We think of Fallen Fruit as much as community activism as an art
      project. Our neighborhood is full of homeless people and uneaten
      fruit: why can't the two be connected? We're not interested in random
      theft. Our intention is to promote sharing and community-based

      We live in a world controlled by multinational corporations, in which
      we don't know our neighbors, with a media that manufactures social
      realities and ignores poverty and
      oppression. Our food arrives processed and pre-wrapped, and few of us
      know where it comes from. Our cities are full of wasted spaces and
      neglected resources. Fallen Fruit proposes that we be able to make
      more food with little effort and find ways to map it and networks for
      sharing it. The injunction to share food is as old as the Bible, which
      tells us that we should not harvest all our food for ourselves; the
      fallen fruit should always be left for those who have nothing.

      [2] DIY (do it yourself) WWOOF (willing workers on organic farms [and
      other good places]) SD County:

      While I'm emailing everyone,
      I'm looking for local wwoof opportunities.
      If I can camp or sleep on the floor at or near where I can work
      (unpaid) ~4/hrs day, please let me know. I'm happy to do kitchen,
      garden, computer and many other kinds of work.

      My main goals are:
      * to work with others and
      * to visit and learn from different people and places in the county.

      For more information, please visit:

      Peace & a smile,