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Why San Francisco Is Trying to Grow All of Its Lemons

Amy Leibrock

A project called Just One Tree has a singular but ambitious goal: to make sure San Francisco grows all the lemons it consumes. To do this, the community will need to produce 461 tons of lemons annually—that’s a lot of lemons! But Dr. Isabel Wade, founder and executive director of Just One Tree, thinks it’s possible. She’s put together a program to encourage residents to plant new lemon trees and register existing ones to meet the goal.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    So interesting they're focusing on lemons. Is there a reason? I would see consuming all lemons as something that needs to happen- vs producing lemons. Curious to know the benefits of producing lemons.

    • Amy Leibrock

      We actually asked Dr. Wade this question. Here's her answer: "Fruit trees are the most efficient way to produce food in a dense city. My organization [Urban Resource Systems, the host of JOT] has been promoting greater self-reliance in cities since 1981. We feel that if we can show that even the second most dense city in America could become self-sufficient in a crop, all cities will realize they can grow more food."

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        I love that you can register your tree so that you can sell your crops. Imagine if all cities had their own crops to sell.

        • Bart Verdeyen

          Imagine the effect it would had on reducing food transport, on local (un)employment and local diet, to name but three.

          • Alessandra Rizzotti

            Great point. Thanks for sharing. Love all your thoughts on food, by the way.