Thursday, July 29, 2010

Do It. EATLACMA Public Fruit Jam.

Fallen Fruit is one of my favorite homegrown community efforts. The collective began as a way to map the spots in Los Angeles where one might be able to obtain public fruit, or rather free food, like in areas where tree branches grew over sidewalks or public property. Soon, they grew their fruit-finding horizons, teaching people about fruit with neighborhood fruit tours and advocating for public gardens. Most recently, they've taken part in and planted a garden for LACMA's latest program, EATLACMA, which explores the role of food in art and culture.

And to celebrate its participation in EATLACMA, Fallen Fruit is presenting one of its most popular and well-loved activities: the public fruit jam. In this event, people are invited to bring their public fruit and then learn how to make jam with it. No recipes are used, so as to come up with unique and original flavors. It's practically like performance art, and at the end of the day, you get to take home a jar of your own homemade jam.

And it's all free, with tickets to be handed out the day of from noon-3pm--but come early because the event is sure to be popular. And remember to consult the fruit maps beforehand, you'll want to bring your own public fruit finds for the full experience.

EATLACMA Public Fruit Jam
takes place this Sunday at 12 p.m. in Hancock Park at LACMA, located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd. in Miracle Mile.

-- Chau Tu

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