Falling Fruit

A nonprofit organization

Join us in celebrating the urban harvest! We are an open-technology nonprofit mapping the world's edible plants and developing online platforms to promote urban foraging and hyperlocal food.


"I am a huge fan of fallingfruit.org. When I moved to Colorado from Alaska last year, I used the GIS data to become more familiar with town and to glean fruit." - Amy

"Hello, I love your app and website! There are several huge aloe vera plants and a number of cacti that I walk by several times per week on my way to and from work and I'd love to let other foragers know where they are." - Jesse

"I love what you are doing. I hate to see food of any kind go to waste so I really appreciate this site." - Colleen

"Your site is exactly what I was looking for and I must commend you on the excellent filtering of edible trees - it's so thorough. You've included everything that is edible, not just the obvious ones! I was curious if there were any mulberry trees in the city and there's one! And I found it thanks to your site. Holy deliciously awesome. Thanks for that!" - Alethea

"My Facebook group Eat Wild picked up your project as something we wanted to do together, and we have not been sorry." - Joshua

"Falling Fruit is a wonderful resource, and lately, our staff have been discussing ways to better utilize it." - Jordan (food desert coordinator)


Falling Fruit endeavors to compile the world's most comprehensive and open geographic dataset of urban edibles (e.g. food-producing plants), and distribute the information in support of both individual foraging and non-profit enterprise (e.g. education, research, urban planning, and food redistribution).

Background Statement

Launched in 2013 in Boulder, Colorado by two passionate foragers and scientists (Ethan Welty and Caleb Phillips), Falling Fruit is an online platform dedicated to sharing information on fruit trees, edible plants, and other free food sources. The collaborative map now extends to millions of sites in thousands of cities around the world. By drawing attention to the existing abundance of our city streets, Falling Fruit seeks to promote the cultivation and creation of public, edible urban spaces.

In 2014, Falling Fruit incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, brought on Jeff Wanner (Envocor) to fill out the initial three-person board, and later the same year, launched a mobile app for iOS and Android to complement the website. To make the platform more welcoming and global, the website was translated into Spanish and seven other languages.

In 2019, Ethan Welty was named Executive Director and Emily Sigman (Yale School of the Environment) and Craig Durkin (Concrete Jungle) joined the board.

Organization Data


Organization name

Falling Fruit

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Organization Size

Small Organization


535 S 44th St
Boulder, CO 80305

Service areas

Boulder County, CO, US


206853 3712

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