Guerrilla Grafters: Turning Public Trees Into Fruit-Bearing Trees

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Money doesn't grow on trees, but that doesn't stop a group of renegade agriculturists from turning public trees into a provider for bountiful harvest by grafting fruit-bearing branches.

Meet the Guerilla Grafters:

What makes them guerrillas is the fact that this grafting is illegal. As the group’s Tara Hui explains, “people think of fruit trees as kind of a nuisance.” That’s both because of the mess they might create in the form of rotten fruit and the vermin they might attract in the form of rats. Depending on the species you’re using, grafting might also run afoul of patent law. The Guerrilla Grafters address the first two problems by making sure each grafted tree has a “steward” who can monitor and take care of it.

Andrew Price wrote the article on Fast Company: Link

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I read an article a few years ago about a woman in Oakland (right across the Bay from SF) who was planting fruit trees on empty lots. The trees flourished. Locals made sure they were watered in exchange for free, healthy fruit.

I hope she's been able to continue her guerilla gardening.
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