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Concrete Jungle

Atlanta is often called the “City in a Forest” because of its abundance of trees. Something that is often overlooked is how many of those trees bear fruit.

Concrete Jungle grew out of an annual event called Ciderfest, where a group of friends would collect apples from roadside trees and turn the fruit into cider. It became apparent how much fresh, readily available produce goes to waste in Atlanta, so in 2009, Craig Durkin and Aubrey Daniels devised a plan to donate it to those in need.

Today, Concrete Jungle supplies fresh produce to ministries, homeless shelters, and the Atlanta Community Food Bank. They pick apples, pears, figs, berries, and nuts from trees on public land or from yards where owners have given permission. Most homeowners are happy to be rid of it; otherwise, much of the fruit would fall, rot, and stink!

In 2012, in an effort to supply organizations with an even greater variety of produce, Concrete Jungle started Dog Head Farm. The farm allows them to extend their ability to harvest fresh food nearly year-round.

Even as Concrete Jungle has become much more of an undertaking, Craig and Aubrey still make time for Ciderfest. They save the bruised and damaged apples from each pick and turn them into cider to celebrate the end of a successful harvest season.

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