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Hunt and Gather

Posted by Rick | March 30th, 2007 | Filed under Personal Reflection, Sustainability

berries.jpgWe’ve all done it. Strolling down the street on a sunny day, who hasn’t been tempted by a cherry tree or berry bush dangling its ripe offerings over the sidewalk? To look down at the carnage of fallen fruit on the ground, it seems almost rude not to pluck a few before continuing down the road. So we do, and the taste of that forbidden (and organic) apple or pear seems a little sweeter with the knowledge that it was sort of snaked and surely saved from the gutter or garbage can.

Urban Edibles takes this form of city foraging to the next level by providing a community-generated database, complete with maps of “wildâ€? food sources around the Portland metro area. The site encourages visitors to contribute the coordinates their favorite foliage, promising to have database kinks and “ethical dilemmasâ€? worked out by spring. And here we are. Anybody have ethical issues with this form of farming truly local foods?

Thanks to Thought Kitchen commenter Gabriel Amadeus for the tip! 

One Response to “Hunt and Gather”

  • April 20, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Desiree Mandelbaum says

    Hi Guys,

    My name is Desiree Mandelbaum, and I am a Casting Director for a new docu-series about people who “Eat for free”. I was curious about foraging, it looks awesome. I was referred to you guys by foreagela.com Would you be interested in speaking with me? Attached is our written verbiage about our casting. Thoughts?


    Desiree Mandelbaum
    Casting Director
    “Untitled Eating For Free Project”

    All-new Docu-Reality Series Seeking

    People who eat for FREE!

    Do you get a thrill out of spending little to no money on food?
    Do you dedicate your life to scoring meals in clever ways?

    Have you perfected the art of dumpster diving, coupon clipping to an obsessive degree, or bartering your way to a full stomach?

    Do you crash events, meetings and open houses
    just for the free feast?

    This all-new series for a major cable network will explore the lives of people who have mastered the art of eating for free. We will follow individuals who dedicate their lives to acquiring food in crafty ways and revel in the thrill of their success.

    If you are a resourceful renegade who has forged a way of living that enables you to eat practically for free, whatever your reason/strategy may be,
    We want to meet you!

    To be considered, please send us your name and contact info, along with a brief bio explaining your specific situation and approach to eating for free. Make sure to include a recent photo of yourself and send email to: castingcookie@gmail.com

    Desiree Mandelbaum
    Casting Director
    “Untitled Eating For Free Project
    310.341.2500 ext 8252

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