Guerrilla Grafters Create Illegal, Fruit-Bearing Street Trees

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The other day when I complained about "eye bombers" who post plastic googly eyes on things to "humanize the streets", many thought I was being too much of a stickler for rules. "There is an inherent value in breaking the rules," said Ruben in the comments, explaining that it's time to shake things up.

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I'm sure those people will dig what the Guerrilla Grafters are doing in San Francis—surreptitiously grafting on fruit-bearing branches onto otherwise ornamental street trees.

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The idea is to demonstrate how silly it is to be investing in growing plants in our urban environments, and yet not use those plants to provide multiple benefits to the populations that live there. But more than that, they say, they are setting out to "undo civilization, one branch at a time", with the ultimate aim of turning city streets into food forests—although they may have a long way to go before they can match this 2000-year-old food forest in Morocco.

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I'm having a hard time keeping up with all the great videos from Fair Companies. From multifunctional rainwater harvesting trees through a stunning home built from salvaged cars to a Spanish ghost town turned ecovillage, these guys get the fact that sustainability must embrace resilience to stay relevant in these challenging times.

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