By Falling Fruit
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Falling Fruit is a 501(c) nonprofit organization that celebrates the overlooked culinary bounty of our city streets. By quantifying this resource on an interactive map, we hope to facilitate intimate connections between people, food, and the natural organisms growing in our neighborhoods. Not just a free lunch! Foraging in the 21st century is an opportunity for urban exploration, to fight the scourge of stained sidewalks, and to reconnect with the botanical origins of food.
Our edible map is not the first of its kind, but it aspires to be the world's most comprehensive. While our users contribute locations of their own, we comb the internet for pre-existing knowledge, seeking to unite the efforts of foragers, foresters, and freegans everywhere. The imported datasets range from small neighborhood foraging maps to vast professionally-compiled tree inventories. This so far amounts to 1,262 different types of edibles (most, but not all, plant species) distributed over 787,470 locations. Beyond the cultivated and commonplace to the exotic flavors of foreign plants and long-forgotten native plants, foraging in your neighborhood is a journey through time and across cultures.
What's New in Version 0.1
This is the first (alpha) release of the mobile companion application to fallingfruit.org.
Based on the fact that this is a beta it is Fantastic. I was able to add a point to the map and I was able to explore trees in my neighborhood. There are definitely a few bugs to work out. When I brought up the left menu when I was in list mode had a hard time getting back to the map mode.
Great content, app can be improved
I love the purpose of the app, and the basic features are there, but there are some
more features that would be great. Thank you for compiling so much data on trees, and for making a smartphone app. I love how users can review other trees, noting their quality, abundance of harvest, and the dates that they flower, fruit, and ripen.
I would like to see the developers add:
- Feature to search for types of trees nearby, or to filter the map by type of trees, for example showing only mulberry trees on the map.
- Feature to click on a tree in the list mode, and see that tree on the map. Without this feature it is hard to find the location of a tree in the list mode.
- Feature to mark favorite trees and add trees to lists (think playlists)