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A Public Fruit Park Opens in LA

How does edible nature change the urban context? No one would know more than Fallen Fruit, a collaborative that uses "fruit" as a way to think about urban space and community building. Ever since they put their public fruit jams and published maps of fruit freely hanging around the neighborhood, I have been intrigued.

Now, Fallen Fruit is working in El Segundo to produce L.A.'s first fruit park in Del Aire Park. It includes "27 fruit trees, ranging from peach to plum, 8 native grapevines and edible herbs — all of which will be harvested freely by the community."

via Fallen Fruit

It's a simple idea perhaps, but on closer inspection, changes the dynamic in the park. Instead of buying fruits from a grocery, I can easily imagine parents teaching their children about food straight from the branch. I'd also wager families would be more sensitive to the passing seasons given that plums and peaches will ripen in the summer, pomegranate and persimmon in the fall, and lime, lemons, oranges and kumquats over the winter and spring.

Join the park's opening tomorrow at 10:30 am at Del Aire Park.