Forage Oakland is a backyard neighborhood barter project that works to utilize surplus backyard fruit that would otherwise be wasted. Neighbors in Berkeley and Oakland join the project and make same season or inter-seasonal barters with one another and by doing so, reap a host of benefits including the following:
- Exposure to delicious fruits
- Creating a community that knows one another and builds together. We can begin by building a viable local fruit network and can use the model to build other networks
- Utilizing backyard fruit that otherwise might be wasted
In April 2008, Forage Oakland began as a simple idea to tap into the waste stream of backyard fruit in Berkeley and Oakland neighborhoods. Forage Oakland is one of several organizations working to redistribute East Bay surplus backyard fruit and the harvesting, delivering, and membership are all free of charge. While this project is a labor of love, there are several projects that I’d like to complete that do require a bit of cold, hard cash. If you think this is a worthy cause, I encourage you to donate to this project! Donors will be thanked with a gift of jams made from fruits foraged in Berkeley and Oakland.
If you’d like to support Forage Oakland by making a monetary donation, please click on the ‘Donate’ button below. Gathered funds will be used for the following:
A bicycle cart which will aide in the delivery of fruits en masse.
Printing of the Foraged City guide, which will be a user’s guide to creating your own urban barter network in any urban area where there is a surplus of backyard fruit.
If you’d like to send a check or money order via post, please email me for the postal address. Checks payable to Asiya Wadud, Forage Oakland. Thank you!