San Francisco is experiencing an unexpected windfall of free fruit thanks to a group of graft-happy gardeners. They call themselves the Guerrilla Grafters and because of their vision, trees lining the city streets are suddenly beginning to produce perfectly edible food.
“Undoing civilization one branch at a time…”
The Guerrilla Grafters are splicing productive branches onto the city’s non-fruiting ornamental trees and transforming them into fruit bearing trees. The city’s once strictly ornamental apple, cherry, and pear trees are slowly and successfully being re-purposed as food producers.
Why didn’t the city plant fruit producing trees in the first place? It seems that fruit trees in urban centers are frowned upon for attracting rodents and for the rotting fruit littering the sidewalks. The Guerrilla Grafters have a solution to those concerns: they only graft trees that have caretakers who commit to their proper upkeep.
Their goal is to set an example and demonstrate that fruit trees don’t have to be a nuisance. In fact, with a little effort, a city with fruit trees can be a food forest.
Photo: Urban Artichoke