There are so many organizations doing great work to raise consciousness about food, cooking, and nutrition, and they are creating social change. Here are just a few, but please feel free to comment about any other organizations or people that inspire you.
NEIGHBORHOOD FRUIT (which appears to be gone, but I still like the idea!)
They are a backyard fruit sharing community, and they have a listing for publicly shared fruit trees as well. You can log onto the site and find local fruit growers who have excess fruit (or veggies or herbs) that they want to give away. You don’t have to pay for the fruit, nor to you have to barter for it. Or, if you have a tree or plant that produces more than you can use, you can register your produce to share with others in the community.
Neighborhood fruit states that, “Currently, the bulk of fruit grown in back yards in our cities goes to waste, while the fruit we consume is grown in water-intensive orchards far from our homes.” What a great way to eat locally grown fruit and veggies! They “envision a different future, where the bulk of backyard fruit is utilized and shared between neighbors. [NF] envisions a future where the food we eat is truly fresh, seasonal and local.”
I’ve received fruit from their community twice now. The first was a bag full of a dozen grapefruits. The fruit were tart and juicy. I believe that was the first time I’ve ever tried grapefruit except in an occasional cocktail. They were great. I broiled a few with some brown sugar and butter. Yummy! I also ate a few with a simple sprinkle of granulated sugar. I juiced a few. I meant to make grapefruit squares with them, but they were all gone before I knew it.
The second fruit connection was made for . I got a paper grocery sack full of lemons. I can’t tell you how much I love Meyer lemons. Sweet, tart, fragrant and juicy- just yummy. The first lemon I made into a cocktail. Right now I’m sipping lemon water. I plan on making lemon ice cream, and lemon bars, and lemon tart, and, well, everything I can.
I really love this site and what they are doing, and the more people who know about it, the more fruit that’ll be shared. They are based out of Northern California, but the site is available for the entire U.S. Log on, take a look, register your tree, and share your bounty! We could all benefit from what they are doing- fresh, local, less waste, and more seasonally available whole foods. What a great idea!
“Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration that began with creating maps of public fruit: the fruit trees growing on or over public property in Los Angeles. Over time our interests have expanded from mapping public fruit to include Public Fruit Jams in which we invite the citizens to bring homegrown or public fruit and join in communal jam-making.”
A nonprofit organization in Orange County, CA that harvests fruit from backyards and small orchards, then passes it along to local food agencies to feed the hungry. “Do you have an over-abundance of fruits, vegetables, herbs or seeds? Do you need help harvesting? Would you like to share your produce with people who may need it? We’re getting together to harvest, cook and taste new recipes, share bumper crops, and find time for friends, old and new.”
The American Food Revolution needs to start now! If you care about your country and the health of its children please help us make a difference. We need your support to get people back in touch with food and keep cooking skills alive before it’s too late.
Once Jamie Oliver’s new series ends its run on April 23, Oliver plans to take the petition to the White House to show The President and industry how many people out there really care about this issue. Click this link to sign Jamie’s petition.
Jamie’s TV show premieres tonight. I don’t watch much TV, but I’m very excited about this show; it is about things that are so close to my heart, food, cooking, nutrition, health. As I’ve said before, Cooking matters. Cooking meals with your family and for your family will make our nation healthier and happier. Whole foods. Healthy foods. Tasty foods.