Pitting culture and cultivation against civilization and its privatization of the commons, the Guerrilla Grafters graft fruit bearing branches onto non-fruit bearing, ornamental fruit trees on city streets. Over time, delicious, nutritious fruit is made available to urban residents through these grafts. A web application helps grafters to find graftable trees, track how grafts are doing, and help facilitate the gleaning of fruit. The project proves that a culture of care can be cultivated from the ground up and aims to turn city streets into food forests. Neighbors take other trees as stewards and inscribe (gr. Graphos) the city with fruit-bearing graffiti.
Media: website, trees
Location: San Francisco, online
2012 – 2013