The streets of San Francisco are lined with pear, plum and apple trees thanks to ‘guerilla grafters’ secretly grafting fruit-bearing scions onto ornamental, non-fruit bearing trees making fresh fruit free and available to everyone who wishes to pick some.
'All you have to do is make a slit with a knife in a branch on the host tree, insert a branch from a fruit-bearing tree, and secure it with tape. Once it heals, it connects.” — Tara Hui started the movement and has been grafting fruit branches to city trees for two years now.
How great would it be to see free fruit from guerilla grafters growing in your city? Want to start a trend?
I applaud the effort. However, municipalities avoid this because of water use, rats and clean up of fallen fruit no one took. As well, carcinogens from vehicles will end up in the fruit. Understanding the problems of urban spaces, how they’re addressed, and where it’s addressed is critical to urban revitalization projects.
Thinking globally, the world could use more trees rather than modifying the ones we have, and of course less rats.Plant an entire tree and start a garden somewhere else, such as in the back lot of a family that lives in a food desert, or perhaps gift one to a friend who has lot space and room to spare in their predictable average water usage.
I am lead developer of City Forward, where you can find related data for major cities around the globe on the topics I placed in bold. I am also an urban revitalization and urban planning advocate, attending and speaking about City Forward at urban data and urban planning conferences on a regular basis. If you want more information, feel free to hit my ask.