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More urbanites have their pick of fresh fruit

Barbara Feeney and Frank Iltis plant a fruit tree at Jessica Bullen Orchard and Quiet Garden in Madison, Wis. Photo by Steve Apps.

Fruit Tree Planting Foundation has provided trees and advice to planting projects in 20 states

By Ben Jones,
USA Today


Last fall, Eric Alperin, a San Francisco artist, heard about blackberries, plums and loquats growing on public property in his city and free for the picking.

Armed with bags and a pole device for picking fruit from tall branches, Alperin and his wife went foraging.

“It was great,” he said. “We picked as much as we could carry and had beautiful, fresh, free city fruit,” Alperin said. “I’ll definitely go (picking) again.” Fruit-picking opportunities like that are becoming more common, as volunteers in cities including Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia and Madison, Wis., mobilize behind a goal of planting fruit trees on public land in city parks and neighborhoods.

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Tokyo Japan – Urban Farming – Veggies with a view

Architect-cum-urban-farmer Kazuki Iimura is turning Tokyo’s rooftops green. Photo by Melinda Joe

Kazuki Iimura takes gardening to a new level on Omotesando rooftops

By Melinda Joe
CNN International
29 June, 2010


On the roof of a building in Omotesando overlooking the skyscrapers of Shinjuku, tomatoes and wild strawberries are flourishing, and meter-high beanstalks are starting to produce fat, green pods. This incipient harvest is thanks to Kazuki Iimura, founder of Omotesando Farm, an urban farming project designed to utilize some of Tokyo’s most abundant open spaces: rooftops.

Iimura started Omotesando Farm last September, after the success of his first urban agriculture venture, Ginza Farm, where he turned an abandoned plot of land along a Ginza side street into a functioning rice paddy, complete with animals such as frogs and ducks that contribute to a healthy micro-ecosystem.

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