Revealing the Hidden Harvest: Prospects and Challenges for Urban Fruit Tree Projects is a student paper written by Bonnie Barlett. It identifies a gap in academic literature about urban fruit trees and the role they play in urban agriculture. Great job, Bonnie!
Urban fruit trees provide an opportunity to scale up urban agriculture and food security that remains largely unrealized. Fruit tree projects, organizations that coordinate harvest and redistribute urban fruit, are one of the only types of organizations working to utilize urban fruit. This report identifies fruit tree project operating models and determines what practices and policies will help secure long-term project stability and sustainability. Untended fruit trees on both public and private land can be a nuisance and potentially result in injuries. Fruit tree projects ensure that registered fruit trees are harvested and that they are used to their full potential. There are now 21 fruit tree projects in Canada and many more in the U.S. but there is no academic literature about fruit tree projects and a limited body of literature about urban fruit trees and the role they play in urban agriculture.
Read the full report: Hidden Harvest – Urban Fruit Tree Projects