Sources are marked as unverified if their identity, location, or existence is disputed. Many sources imported from tree inventories are marked as unverified because their edibility is uncertain (for example, "Pear" could be either an edible or decorative variety). Users are encouraged to travel to these locations and report their findings.
We enforce a taxonomy of edible types to keep the map organized and searchable. Novel types submitted by users are highlighted on the map as pending until they are added to the taxonomy or merged with an existing type. Some proposed types are so unique or ambiguous that they persist as unapproved indefinitely.
Falling Fruit is a massive, collaborative map of the urban harvest. By uniting the efforts of foragers, freegans, and foresters everywhere, the map already points to over a half million food sources around the world (from plants and fungi to water wells and dumpsters). Our rapidly growing user community is actively exploring, editing, and adding to the map.
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In addition to our efforts mapping the edible plants growing in cities, we've set out to map the world's food-bearing dumpsters. Nearly half of all food produced in the developed world is never eaten. We're hoping to raise awareness around food waste, facilitate the liberation of discarded food, and encourage businesses to donate their food instead.
In support of a lower-waste lifestyle, we are encouraging the mapping of all freegan sources (from dumpsters to free boxes) with discarded but useful goods, edible or otherwise.
Guerrilla Grafters graft fruit-bearing branches onto non-fruit-bearing, ornamental fruit trees. Over time, delicious, nutritious fruit is made available to neighborhoods through these grafts. You can learn more about this project at guerrillagrafters.org
Cities in North America often use sterile fruit trees for their colorful spring blossoms. This map shows some of the most common ornamental fruit trees. If you are a grafter, a gardener, or a fruit tree enthusiast, contribute to the information commons and tag the trees in your yard or neighborhood that can be grafted with fruit-bearing branches!
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100% of proceeds from app sales go to support our hard costs (servers and infrastructure to keep the site online). We're a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, so this cost is also tax-deductible in the US.
Tree inventories are compiled by institutions seeking to better document and care for their trees. These data are typically collected by trained arborists and are both detailed and exhaustive. We carefully pick out edible species from these inventories and add them to the map for you. Help us map your neighborhood by asking your city (or university, canton, etc) if a tree inventory exists and whether it can be shared on Falling Fruit.
Invasive plants are non-native (or alien) plants in a given region that out-compete native plants. We highlight invasive plants on Falling Fruit so that you can seek them out and eat them---fight invasive, noxious species one tasty bite at a time! Invasive plants on Falling Fruit are only listed for the United States and are based on USDA state-level noxious and invasive species lists.