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(32) Free food [deux]

Tactical Team 4 from suburban-poverty.com fired up the boilers in the Taurus and hit a semi-abandoned orchard north of the Greater Toronto Area this morning with excellent results.  A large quantity of apples was picked and delivered to a busy drop in centre serving many low income (and otherwise vulnerable) people in Mississauga.  We’ve noticed the lack of fresh food and low level of food literacy among the service population at the drop in and the appearance of a ton of crisp fresh apples created a happy buzz.  One that will probably last for a couple of days.  Those dependant on social agencies, food banks and charities for basic necessities often encounter too much in the way of salty canned and prepared food, Kraft Dinner and other carbohydrates.  There’s a risk of encountering outdated food from such sources as well.  We’ve already learned a little about the complications of providing social services in suburban areas so the value of using some creativity to find alternative sources of good, fresh food is enormous.  An apple is such a simple healthy thing if you think about it.  No packaging or preparation required.

While we found it a pleasure to make a contact, secure and then deliver some fruit we realize we are amateurs at this.  See posting (30) and here are two Canadian examples:
Not far from the tree Toronto, ON foragers
Fruit for thought Regina, SK

Check out this video as well, it features veggie gardening in suburban Columbus, OH:

 

(30) Free food

Here’s an interesting piece from the New York Times.  It’s about a woman who forages for food growing on foreclosed residential properties.  She boldy goes where no one can afford to live any more and finds peppers, melons, all kinds of things.  There’s something really cool about this sure sign of suburban contraction.  Lately, suburban-poverty.com has been scouting abandoned orchards and fruit trees, too.  We’re looking for a free crop to share with others, imperfect and organic-by-abandonment is fine with us.  We’ll do the work, too.

At vacant homes, foraging for fruit see slideshow as well