Urban Food Forest 


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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.

Our program in action



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!

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upcoming "Urban Food Forest" events

    • Wed, June 05, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Audubon Arizona | Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center | 3131 S Central Ave | Phoenix, AZ 85040
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    Mesquite Presentation & Harvesting Demonstration

    Mesquite tree pods are some of our desert's greatest edible treasures. Mesquite flour has a low glycemic index and is rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc.

     Once you taste the delicious flavor of Mesquite pods and sample some treats, you will understand why they are referred to as the “Sugarcane of the Desert”. The presenter, Peggy Sue Sorensen of The Desert Kitchen is a wild foods forager and teacher of the edible and medicinal plants, trees and weeds of the desert southwest. Peggy will explain and demonstrate how to safely harvest, process and store the pods, as well as how to eat them.

    This is an onsite talk and harvesting demonstration designed to help you to harvest from the mesquite trees you might have in your yard or neighborhood.

    Pre-registration is strongly suggested and tickets are $15 per person and $25 for 2 tickets.  

    Ticket sales for this workshop will go towards supporting the mission of Trees Matter and Audubon Arizona who are proud to host this event together. 



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