Joined: Feb 2003 Posts: 14,392Jilly BellaOnline Editor
Jilly BellaOnline Editor Highest Posting Power Known to Humanity
Joined: Feb 2003
Verde Valley, AZ
One of my friends told me there are areas along the river that have trees laden with apples and pecans right now. they are just going to waste. I need to set aside a day to go collect them. That will be fun.
I can set aside the nuts as is, and with the apples I can make a sort of root cellar area, and also dry some.
There are also a ton of prickly pear fruits along the side of my road that are going to waste. I need to collect them and i am thinking of drying them as well. I need to figure out how to pick them without getting needles in my skin!
I think that if there is food going to waste, that it's a good idea to collect it. One can even offer the excess on freecycle or craigslist. The law states that you can't go into someone's property but you can collect anything for yourself that overhangs a public space.
Does anyone have public or semi-public food that they are collecting?
Some years I collect elderberries to make elderberry syrup to give as Christmas gifts. I also eat found overhanging fruit as I'm walking along the street if I'm hungry. Blackberrying on public property and roadways is such a Portland tradition that no one even thinks of it as foraging.
Apparently there is a website where you can find sites with public food and people who have fruit trees etc on their property can list them if they want people to come on to their property and take it, but I haven't been able to find it. :-( I wish I could, I want people to come take my grape leaves, so I don't have to compost them (have a particularly lovely crop as well.)