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The goal of the LEAF Network is to connect people with the benefits of edible trees, and to connect edible trees with the stewardship of people.

We use the term edible trees to describe trees that produce fruits, nuts, seeds and pods that suit human tastes. Trees in people’s yards, communities, orchards and open spaces create Arizona’s Edible Forests. ​

​Following the FIVE CORE VALUES described below can help you sustain edible trees now and for generations to come.​

Carefully select appropriate edible trees. Base your selection on personal and community needs, tree characteristics, current climate and site conditions and potential future conditions. ​

Create resilient sites for trees. Apply design strategies to sustainably build soil, harvest water, and plant and care for trees to ensure healthy, productive growth.​

Share the bounty. To increase local health and food security, first meet your needs, and then share surplus with family, neighbors and the community to increase access to nutritious, local food.​

Learn about, grow, harvest and celebrate trees as a community. Bring children, elders and your community together to learn about edible trees and share in their planting, care and harvest. Celebrate the good food, history, culture and stories of your community’s trees.​

Prepare for the long life of trees. Trees can live decades and even centuries. To benefit generations to come, write down the information future stewards will need to care for your trees.​

CAUTION: Never eat anything that is not properly identified. It is your responsibility to ensure that all fruits, nuts, seeds, pods and other edible products of trees and shrubs are correctly identified and safe to eat before eating them or serving them to others.

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LEAF is under the fiduciary stewardship of the Arizona Community Tree Council, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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