1. Urban Fruit Trails Celebration: Coming Soon!

  2. Urban Fruit Trails Celebration: July 20th, 2014

    Join Fallen Fruit ( David Burns and Austin Young) and Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) at Levitt Pavilion, from 4:00-6:30pm.

    We will make fruit inspired art with Fallen Fruit and celebrate the Urban Fruit Trails’ newly planted fruit trees in MacArthur Park!

    Guest Artists:
    dublab
    The Killsisters
    Fancy Boyz
    HOLA Musicians
    Chef Marco Zapien

    Bring a picnic blanket and stay for the Levitt Youth Talent night starting at 6:30pm. 

    This event is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, Council Member Gil Cedillo, Lakers Youth Foundation, Active Alliance and Melissa’s.

  3. Urban Fruit Trails: Summer Week 5

    Check out these amazing photos from the MacArthur Park planting.  It was a an amazing feat to get all 12 trees into the ground.  We could not have done it without the help of so many dedicated volunteers.  

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    Volunteers from Burberry came out to help the HOLA youth. 

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    David and Austin working hard to loosen the soil.  

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    Our Executive Director, Tony Brown, lending a hand.  

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    Over half a dozen news stations showed up to share the story.  

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    A special thank you to Norm Langer for providing lunch for all the volunteers.  

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  4. We are getting ready to plant 12 citrus trees at MacArthur Park

    Thank you to the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and Margot Jacobs from Mia Lehrer + Associates for helping us prepare for the planting.  It takes a village to plant a tree.

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  5. Thank you Aztec Rising for helping us plant the Urban Fruit Trails

    Los Angeles gang reduction program, Aztec Rising, helped replant the damaged trees in LaFayette Park. They are excited to have access to fresh fruit in the coming year.  

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  6. Urban Fruit Trails: Week 4 

    This week Fallen Fruit and HOLA focused all our efforts to replant the damaged trees.  The students were shocked and upset to learn about the trees but quickly decided that we had to replant the trees and keep moving forward with this project.  The HOLA youth are true urban heroes.  
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    KNX 1070
  7. Urban Fruit Trails is Vandalized

    On Tuesday morning, July 8th, HOLA staff discovered that close to 30 fruit trees had been snapped in half or ripped out of the ground.  The HOLA youth and community are devastated.  We have no idea who would do such a thing but are looking forward to replanting the damaged trees.  

    Below is a note from our Executive Director, Tony Brown:
    What began with a nice article about Heart of LA, our Art Program, Community and Fallen Fruit early this morning quickly turned into the realization that……. nearly every planted tree from Wilshire and Rampart through to the plantings in Lafayette Park was broken and ripped a part by an act of vandalism.
    I do want to thank our Arts Dept. and partners however for their positivity and ability to find the opportunity to create a brighter day amidst this crisis. As was represented in the following LA Times article later in the day, these trees will be re-planted tomorrow morning and also in the evening together with area gang members.
    Together with all members of our local society, we will stand united to move through this crisis with the hopes that our collective endorsement will ultimately prove again that the roots and branches of our community can and do bear fruits, and perhaps only so, when we are connected.
  8. Urban Fruit Trails is in the Los Angeles Times

    http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-fruit-trail-20140708-story.html

    "It’s a big public art piece inviting people to enjoy this city, come out and meet your neighbors and eat more fruit." - Austin Young, Fallen Fruit co-founder

  9. Urban Fruit Trails: Summer Week 3 w/ Fol Chen

    Fol Chen returned to the HOLA Art Studio to record a new version of the classic song “MacArthur Park”.  The class first listened to the Donna Summer version and then chose their favorite lines and beats to recreate.  While students were rehearsing and recording with Fol Chen, the rest of the class worked on designing original record cover art inspired by Donna Summer. The class ended with the planting of a plum tree in LaFayette Park.  

  10. Urban Fruit Trails: Summer Week 2

    Fallen Fruit brought a variety of fruits to the class this week to make collective fruit jams. Working without recipes, we they asked the students to sit with their classmates and create their own flavors.  Each jam is a social experiment.  The students made 6 jars of jam and traded with other participants, as well as gifting them to the extended HOLA community. 

    Austin Young took Fruit Machine portraits and interviewed the students while the class finished their jams.