05/03/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Urban Myth No More: Fresh, Free Food...In The City?

As Americans begin to realize that their food doesn't always have to come from a supermarket, urban gathering and gleaning are experiencing a surge in popularity. (For the record, "gathering" is the collection of wild or uncultivated food, while "gleaning" is collecting leftover crops after a farmer has finished harvesting.)

Maybe you're trying to cut back on food costs and don't have the time or space to start a garden. Maybe you have extra time on your hands and want to help your community and spend time outdoors. Here are a few organizations dedicated to gathering and gleaning the free food growing all around us. Check them out and get involved.

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