Ernst Bertone

Co-founder: Freedge


Ernst Bertone is a graduate student in Ecology at UC Davis from Brazil who runs the local Davis Freedge and co-founded the Freedge Project with Alexandra Hill. Bertone has a background in agronomy, the science of soil management and crop production, which he playfully refers to as “fancy farming.” Although he isn’t quite sure where he will take his knowledge, he is undoubtedly devoted to the Freedge. Freedge is a refrigerated food sharing space open to the local community for sharing food while reducing food waste. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimated that ⅓ of all food is wasted, and the Freedge Project aims to combat this issue starting small at the local level.

More on Freedge:
Freedge is a sharing mechanism aiming to reduce food waste and build a stronger community. Freedge promotes the installation of community fridges (public refrigerators) that are used to share food and ideas at the neighborhood level.

Freedge encourages every community member to...
- GIVE: Your garden is full of fruits and veggies and you don’t know what to do with all that produce? … OR Leaving for the weekend with a full fridge? … OR Wanna help a friend in need?
- TAKE: Feeling Hungry? Check the freedge… OR Planning a grocery run? Maybe the ingredient you need is there waiting for you; and
- SHARE: Get involved in your community! Freedge is a free sharing space used not only for food, but also stories, art and ideas!