Neighborhood Fruit is a service that helps people find and share the fruits, nuts and vegetables growing within their communities. The site features interactive maps of backyard bounty and abundance growing on public land.
Search no more - Neighborhood Fruit is your one-stop-shop for your urban harvest needs!
Neighborhood Fruit was created to make use of the abundant fruit growing in our urban neighborhoods. 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.
We envision a different future, where the bulk of backyard fruit is utilized and shared between neighbors. We envision a future where the food we eat is truly fresh, seasonal and local, our diets replete with home-made goodies.
Yes, registration is free. Registering enables you to be able to browse the maps of fruit on public land, offerings from backyard trees, and join the community.
We love Canada, and the UK, and Russia, but Neighborhood Fruit currently operates only in the US. Every country has different laws about fruit sharing, which requires legal knowledge we don't have resources for at the moment. But we are growing fast - we may expand to a country near you in the future, so please come back soon!
Backyard fruit grows on private property and is offered to Neighborhood Fruit users by people who have enough to share. Trees on public land are accessible by anyone, but there is no guarantee that a particular tree has fruit.
Sharing your bounty on Neighborhood Fruit is a two step process. First, you Register My Tree, filling out fruit type, seasonality and location information. Second, you Share My Fruit, deciding how you want to be contacted and any additional information. Once you submit, your shared fruit is visible on the map, although location shown is an approximation for your protection. If you Register My Tree before the fruit is in season, you will receive an email reminding you to Share My Fruit when the fruit ripens.
Only legally registered producers, i.e. farmers, may sell their produce in most counties around the US. These regulations differ from county to county and often are a quagmire of paperwork. Neighborhood Fruit was designed to facilitate people using excess urban fruit and to create community.
Many of our users use our services to share their excess herbs, nuts, and vegetables as well. Feel free to do the same, using "Other" as Fruit Type when registering.
Liability is always a concern with everything we do, but here are a few things that will protect you:
It's always a good idea to use common sense. You may prepare the fruit for pick up from a public location or your work site if you don't want strangers on your property.
Neighborhood Fruit is collaborating with the Urban Forest Mapping Project to capture information about urban forests and inner-city carbon sequestration. We do not share your private information with them; we only share information about your trees. When registering your tree, you will have an opportunity to opt-out from sharing your tree information if you wish not to participate.
It is illegal to enter private property without permission.
Contact us and we will take steps to resolve the issue with the Fruit Grower.
The best way to prevent surprises is to be clear with the Fruit Grower when you contact them; ask them what you should expect when arranging for pickup.
Share My Fruit
Fruit Growers use the Share My Fruit form to notify the community when their fruit is ready. When submitted, fruit information appears on a map; location is approximated to protect privacy.
Fruit Seekers select desired fruit from the map and click "Connect me with this Fruit Grower".
Fruit Seekers and Growers are connected via email, which lists their preferred contact method.
Fruit Seeker reaches out to Fruit Grower to arrange for pick up.
At the time and location established, the Fruit Seeker and Grower meet.
Some Fruit Growers prefer to pick their own fruit; others would rather let others do it. Neighborhood Fruit provides the Fruit Growers and Seekers with a Liability Release Form, to protect Fruit Growers from the liability of allowing Fruit Seekers to pick their fruit.
Currently, there are no fees associated with using Neighborhood Fruit.
Neighborhood fruit does not ship fruit.
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