Urban Self-Sufficiency, One Crop At a Time

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Here’s one way to go about making a city more self-sufficient, food-wise:  Start with just one crop. Once you get that one right, move on to the next one.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Friends of the Urban Forest is doing just that:  They are mapping every Meyer lemon tree in the city, with a view to planting enough to meet the city’s entire Meyer lemon needs.  They estimate that a few thousand lemon trees are already in place; 12,000 is the goal.

I just hope they’ve checked with the bartenders and the bakers. 12,000 trees might be enough to supply the city with  Meyer lemon and proseco cocktails, but what are the rest of y’all gonna have?


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Amy Stewart
on January 11, 2012 at 8:54 am, in the category Drink This, Eat This.


  1. Here in Bend, Oregon, we have enough fresh (and dried, this time of year) sagebrush for not only our town of 90,000 but (and I’m only guessing here) probably for not just the rest of the USA but also possibly for the entire known universe.

  2. I’m so jealous. I visited the area last May and was gutted at how effortlessly chamomile and hollyhocks just GREW anywhere, like common dandelions. Unbelievable. I have to offer a few human sacrifices to Chaac Mul on top of weekly seaweed treatments and bi-daily waterings just to keep a rose bush alive a full summer.

  3. If only I could get my city to encourage home fruit trees of any sort. Here we are in the heart of California Ag country, and you’d not know it except for the streets name for extinct orchards & ranches.

  4. So i read the SFgate article and looked at the FUF website, and i can’t figure out a) how they came up with a number for their goal, and b) how they are finding these trees (going door to door? Phone poll?) Still, the project is intriguing, and i wonder what they will do with the idata.

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