By: Hannah Heitz
Urban agriculture and taking advantage of natural resources can provide a sustainable solution for food security, especially in urban environments. Although urban foraging goes against our cultural norms, that does not make it negative. There are countless benefits environmentally, nutritionally, and in community building. It is an easy, rewarding way for individuals to come together and work to improve the community. Urban foraging and agricultural development have a variety of benefits, but its benefits for food security are of utmost value and represent an extremely under-tapped potential across the US.
A volunteer participating in a fruit pick expressed similar feelings:
The organization provides a map of approved foraging locations across Atlanta on their website. The knowledge of where persimmon, apple, pear, and plum trees are scattered throughout the city can empower the community to take advantage of the natural resources. According to Kennedy, “Since 2004, our map has grown to include 2,600 fruit trees and a farm. We donate about 4,500 pounds of fresh food every year to food banks and shelters. We host over 60 volunteer events every year and see about 750 volunteers come out to shake a tree or plant a turnip.” Follow Concrete Jungle on Facebook and subscribe to the newsletter to join their next pick!