Free Food New Zealand is dedicated to the widespread planting and mapping of free food bearing plants within public space.
Free access to food bearing trees and plants, as well as the information on how and where to find the plants, will help to not only reduce an individual or family’s living costs, but increase the engagement with the local environment and community as well.
On this website you will find information on many ways to help accomplish this goal of free food. You will find information on what you can do to help, whether it is signing a petition, donating money or really getting amongst it and planting some trees yourself. You will find information on any organized plantings that are happening, or if you’re more of an activist, some good information on Guerilla Gardening.
There are also a number of online maps, detailing locations of various plants and trees, which are openly accessible and editable by anyone. This means if you know of a lemon tree or patch of blackberries, you can put it on the map and have it become known and looked after so people can benefit from it’s produce.
Free Food New Zealand is not an organization in the strict sense, it is more of an idea. The idea is that food should be grown, of all kinds in all public places. Fresh and free to everyone.
It’s not my idea, because ideas belong to everyone. It’s your idea. What you do with it is up to you.
It won’t happen overnight, great change often doesn’t, but you can help start it growing. Adding a few trees and plants here and there might not seem much now, but in time you’ll have many, healthy, natural food bearing trees and plants. Feeding people, looking good and nurturing local biodiversity. It is work that will have a real, observable positive impact over time.