Mapping The Fruit!

“To my delight I found serviceberry trees in several places, as well as mulberry bushes and trees, two cherry trees I didn’t know about, and even a plum tree!”

The people behind the awesome blog La Casa Urbana were surprised to come across such a lot of fruit trees in public space in their neighbourhood. The Urbana-Champaign Fruit Map is a result of their findings, presenting a nice collection of all places to go for your dose of free fruit. Everyone can add new locations to this community map on Google Maps.

Fruit Map

This online community project is an interesting 2.0 form of Usufruct, which stands for “the legal right to use and derive profit or benefit from property that belongs to another person”. The blog article even taught me a new conception which perfectly covers the movement this initiative could be considered part of: ‘sidewalk harvesting’.