San Francisco Goes in for Guerrilla Grafting, While Seattle Plants an Edible Park

The San Francisco-based Guerrilla Grafters have been receiving a slew of press this past month, including writeups in the Bay Citizen and Huffington Post. The Grafters are a loose group of people trying to transform, one limb at a time, some of the ornamental apple and pear trees in San Francisco so they bear edible fruit. 

SFoodie first talked to guerrilla grafters in the East Bay a half-dozen years ago — gardeners who approached it as with a surrealist's joy, often doing their work in public parks. The new movement is approaching the work with a food-justice bent of mind, growing fruit in neighborhoods with few produce stores.

Seattle, though, is one-upping the Guerrilla Grafters — heck, it's more like 25-upping. Urban foraging in Seattle is a civic sport there, and every resident there has a favorite spot in some alley or public park where they pick blackberries for jam or, in SFoodie's brother-in-law's case, porcinis for Sunday dinner. Now, a group of Seattleites have come up with the funds to plant a seven-acre “edible forest” this summer. 

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