The LEAF Network is a community-based organization with the mission to link people with the benefits of edible trees and support edible trees with people’s stewardship.

  • March 14, 2017 2:33 PM | Anonymous

    Join us on April 1 to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the wonderful UA Campus Arboretum and to highlight the value of “edible trees” in the campus and urban environment. The Campus Arboretum encompasses the main campus and includes tree species from around the world. The edible trees we are celebrating are those native and nonnative trees that produce edible fruits, nuts, seeds and pods.

    This free, dynamic, educational, fun event is for all ages. The event will include edible tree tours, a ceremony celebrating the Arboretum’s anniversary, educational exhibits, example tree seedlings, and a free raffle every 15 minutes for T-shirts, tree photos and young trees. Tree walking tours will leave every 30 minutes to visit edible trees growing at the UA Campus Arboretum.

    Edible Tree Celebration in Honor of the UA Campus Arboretum’s 15th Anniversary

    Saturday, April 1, 2017, 11 AM – 2 PM

    In front of the Arizona State Museum Building, 1013 E University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85721, at the northeast corner of Park Avenue and University Boulevard

    Contact 520-982- 0974 or ann.audrey.1@gmail.com with questions.

    Download the Press Release Here.

  • October 22, 2016 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Over 230 people visited Tucson’s historic Mission Garden October 22, 2016, to celebrate foods that come from trees. This dynamic, educational, fun event takes its name from cajeta de membrillo, the sweet, thick bars made from quince fruit. Cajeta de membrillo cooking demonstrations and tastings were led by Josefina Lizárraga. The event also included exhibits, orchard tours, music, and sales of tree seedlings that produce edible fruits, nuts, seeds and pods.

    The Edible Tree Celebration/Membrillo Fest was co-sponsored by the LEAF Network and Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace, joined by many collaborators including the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, Trees for Tucson, Arizona Community Tree Council, Iskashitaa Refugee Network, Arizona Community Tree Council, and Bean Tree Farm. ​

  • September 01, 2016 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    The LEAF Network was featured in the 2016 September/October Issue of Edible Baja Arizona in their article Abundant Desert Forest and Edible Arizona Trees. The article was written by Lisa O'Neill with photographs by Steven Meckler. You can see the full article here. Additional thanks to Edible Baja Arizona for donating ad space for the LEAF Edible Tree Celebration.​

    The article introduces readers to the wide range of activities that are a part of creating edible landscapes and food forests. Article Excerpt: 

    “What will it take for people to think of trees as being a vital part of the landscape?”

    Part of that shift means awareness and education and LEAF is at the forefront of this work, working to connect trees with people who can serve as stewards and educate people about the benefits of edible trees. And there are many.

    Trees provide shade and cool the air around them through the process of transpiration. Many trees convert nitrogen from the air into fertilizer for the soil. They help reduce the urban heat island effect and add beauty to urban landscape. And, of course, edible trees provide local food that people can use to sustain themselves and their families.

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

PO Box 65122, Phoenix, Arizona 85082-512


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