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Miami Forager Wants To Hand Out Free Fruit Trees

Quinn Dombrowski

Recently, the Knight Foundation released the finalists for its first Knight Cities Challenge.


The foundation was looking for proposals to make more than two dozen communities around the country better places to live and work, and 10 of the 126 finalists come from Miami.

Tiffany Noé is one of those finalists. She owns a small urban farm in Miami called the Little River Cooperative.

Her idea is to provide the public with free fruit trees.

"I'm very passionate about foraging, which is just the act of going out into the woods, or in this case city streets, and hunting for wild food," says Noé.

She says there's a lot of wild food growing in Miami, such as the sapodilla, a round fruit that's sort of similar to a peach.

"It's brown and fuzzy like suede," Noé says. "When it drops from the tree, it's very hard, so I'm sure if you picked one up you wouldn't really bet on it being edible. But at its very peak moment of ripeness, it tastes like kind of a little like burnt sugar and peaches."

Noé says if her fruit tree giveaway is funded, she doesn't want to see these trees behind fences. She wants them out in the open where they can be shared.

"If they want to put that in their yard, then they have to do that with the spirit of sharing it," said Noé. "Their yard needs to be accessible."

Noé will find out if her idea will get a Knight Foundation grant in the spring.

You can see a list of the other Miami finalists here.