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Urban Food Forest 



Trees Matter... and they're tasty!

Trees provide many functions and benefits. The Urban Food Forest program is devoted to demonstrating the important function of community engagement that trees provide by showing how different trees can be harvested, processed, and prepared as a means of food. Events in the series are designed as a community building program with opportunities to attend potlucks, happy hours, workshops, go on harvesting events, and volunteer to help educate the public on the free food that trees provide. Events occur quarterly and at varying locations throughout the Valley.

A Look at our Past Events

Fruit Tree Pruning Class
led by Trees Matter & Mesa Urban Garden | Jan. 27, 2018 | View photos here.

Pecan Harvest
led by Trees Matter & The Farm | Dec. 16, 2017 | View photos here.

Mesquite Pancake Breakfast

led by Trees Matter & sponsors | Oct. 28, 2017 | View photos here.

Mesquite Processing & Harvesting Presentation
led by Peggy Sorensen | June 14, 2017 | View photos here.

Palo Verde & Ironwood Workshop
led by Kelly Athena | April 12, 2017 | View photos here.

Acorn Processing Workshop
led by John Slattery | Feb. 18, 2017 | View photos here.

Take a look at our calendar below to view upcoming Urban Food Forest Events!


upcoming "Urban Food Forest" events

    • Fri, October 22, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Snooze an AM Eatery| 2045 E Camelback rd, A17 | phoenix, az 85016
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    Trees Matter 8th Annual 

    Mesquite Pancake Breakfast for DINNER

    Join us and taste the delicious flavor of mesquite at Trees Matter's 2021 Mesquite Pancake Breakfast for DINNER!

    Come support Trees Matter and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast which will feature mesquite flour pancakes! 

    Menu Items:

    3 Varieties of Pancakes

    Pineapple Upside Down Pancake, Blueberry pancake, and Original pancake

    Snooze Spuds Deluxe
    A heaping portion of our hash browns with scallions, caramelized onions, wild mushrooms, and red pepper.

    Tofu Scrambled Eggs

    Served with soyrizo and green chili sauce

    Coffee and Orange Juice

    This event is a fundraiser to help support Trees Matter and all ticket sales will go to support our mission to inspire and promote an increased tree canopy in the Valley! So come enjoy some great company, good food and learn more about our work with trees and the food they provide right in our backyard!

    Jim McPherson Awards

    We will be honoring award winners for the 2020 and 2021 Jim McPherson award. To learn more and nominate a person or group:


    COVID-19 Notice

    This is an open air event, the majority of seating will be patio seating and some indoor seating will be available next to windows and spaced far away from others. All food will be plated by by those masked and tables will be called to pick up food individually to avoid lines. Masks are required when not eating inside and highly encouraged outside. If CDC changes guidelines we will adjust the event to comply.

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