Now that spring is in full bloom (and the economy is still in hibernation), green foodies can enjoy free, wild fruits from their neighbourhoods with a little help from Fallen Fruit maps.
This LA based organization was created in 2004 as a response to an artistic challenge: to create something that "addressed political and social problems positively, by proposing solutions rather than mounting critiques". They provide a place for users to post maps that depict where locals can scavange from readily accessible fruit trees and bushes in their area -- resources that would otherwise be overlooked.
(Before you start picking at your neighbour's bushes, however: make sure there aren't laws in your area that prohibit picking off of city property, and more importantly -- make sure you know which plants are edible/poisonous.)
Although these maps have only been created for the southwest US so far, there has also been a rise in community gardens all over the US and Canada, and other local food initiatives.
[image source: fallenfruit.org]