The Abundance or Urban Harvest projects in the UK have been spreading for the last 5 or 6 years, volunteer groups offering to pick unwanted fruit from gardens and commercial sites, then selling or donating the produce or processing it into juice, sauces, pickles. Sheffield Abundance are particularly high profile and successful, with an invaluable handbook available via their website
Todmorden’s Incredible Edible is notable for their guerilla approach to the project. A couple of locals simply started sowing and planting fruit and veg on any public plot they could access, and Todmorden is now pretty much a flagship town for public food and community food projects.
foodtube – videos from local food projects.