Under Los Angeles regulation, all fruits and vegetables that grow above sidewalks are considered to be part of public space, which means that even trees planted in private gardens can produce "public" fruit. The idea for collective Fallen Fruit was conceived by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young in Los Angeles Fallen Fruit organizes night trips and uses maps to keep track of the location of fruit trees that grow over the fence and in public spaces around Los Angeles. Their aim is to reclaim productive public spaces. By demonstrating that it is easy to grow food in the city, the citizen group reasserts itself over the area and calls for an edible city and for the rehabilitation of urban food production.
Fallen Fruit is developing unique strategies to raise awareness and to reclaim the agriculture downtown. The group calls for art, like photography, video, performance and facilities to set up projects on urban spaces, neighbourhoods, which are about citizens and the community in relation to fruit.
According to Fallen Fruit, the advent of an inventive form of urban and territorial planning that considers urban agriculture - is still pending. The cities have urban parks, riverside locations, spaces, raised spaces, lattices, forests and even beaches, but so far no agricultural land areas. Yet, there was a time when city residents could, more or less, support themselves with their own basic needs for food. The group hopes through these actions will raise the public's awareness and those of the municipality's about the accessibility of these "edible public resources." They also invite residents to submit their own maps of public fruit locations.
Since 2005, the Fallen Fruit night trips have spread to other cities like, Claremont, Larchmont, Sherman Oaks and Silver Springs in California and in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In addition, there is the potential of implementing this initiative in other cities. Fallen Fruit has also set up many projects to raise awareness of public spaces like Love Apples, an experimental colonization project in Los Angeles on traffic islands with tomato plants.