Jun
28
to Dec 31

Harvest every Wednesday and Friday

Iskashitaa volunteers and refugees meet at the office on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8 AM to harvest local produce in the greater Tucson area. We also can schedule a group harvest for your school, church, or community group. You must RSVP so we can coordinate the transportation of all the refugees, contact us to reserve your spot at harvesting@iskashitaa.org or 520-440- 0100.

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Sep
22
to Sep 24

Edible Urban Forests

PLANNING, GROWING AND HARVESTING

Presented by the LEAF Network and Tucson’s City of Gastronomy

Participants may preregister for one or all of the conference events listed below at leafnetworkaz.org

  • Day 1: METHODOLOGIES AND TEMPLATES For Planning, Growing and Harvesting Edible Urban Forests Friday, September 22, 8:00 to 5:00, Registration $50. See agenda below.
  • Day 2: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT in Planning, Growing and Harvesting Edible Urban Forests       Saturday, September 23, 8:30 to 4:00, Registration $40. See agenda below.
  • Day 3: Tours of Tucson Edible Tree sites
    • Tour of Mission Garden conducted by Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace Sunday, September 24, 9:00 to 11:00, Registration $10
    • Tour of Edible Trees at University of Arizona conducted by Iskashitaa Refugee Network Sunday, September 24, 11:15 to 1:15, Registration $10

PRESENTERS

  • Jonathan Mabry, Ph.D., Tucson City of Gastronomy, City of Tucson Historic Preservation Officer
  • Ann Audrey, LEAF Network Steering Committee Chair
  • Rafael de Grenade, Ph.D., Southwest Center, LEAF Network
  • Brad Lancaster, Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, LEAF Network
  • Barbara Eiswerth, Ph.D., Iskashitaa Refugee Network, LEAF Network
  • Richard Fe Tom, The Architecture Company, Mission Garden Board of Directors

DAY 1 Conference, Friday, September 22, 2017, 8am to 5pm METHODOLOGIES AND TEMPLATES for Planning, Growing & Harvesting Edible Urban Forests

Audience: Technical and policy personnel from government, non-profit organizations and academic institutions and the public

Venue: Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704

Day 1 Registration: $50 at leafnetworkaz.org

DAY 1 CONFERENCE

  • 8:00 – 8:30 Participants check in. Participants must be preregistered.
  • 8:30 – 8:50 Welcome, LEAF Network and Tucson UNESCO City of Gastronomy. By Jonathan Mabry
  • 8:50 – 9:30 The value of Edible Urban Forests and role of best practices. ByAnn Audrey
  • 9:30 – 10:15 Bringing Tucson’s history of edible trees to life at Mission Garden. ByMission Garden
  • 10:15 – 10:45 Break. Coffee and edible tree and local culinary treats
  • 10:45 – 11:20 Best Practices: Know the edible trees in your area. ByRafael de Grenade
  • 11:20 –12:30 Best Practices:  Edible tree placement. / Best Practices: Multiple water supplies for edible trees. ByBrad Lancaster
  • 12:30 – 1:30 Lunch prepared using edible tree products and foods from Tucson area culinary traditions. Lunch is included in registration fee.
  • 1:30 – 2:30 Best Practices: Putting edible trees in the ground. / Best Practices: Caring for edible trees. By Rafael de Grenade
  • 2:30 – 3:30 Best Practices: Edible tree harvesting, safety, sharing the bounty. By Barbara Eiswerth
  • 3:30 – 4:00 Best Practices: Developing teaching tools and engaging the community. ByAnn Audrey
  • 4:00 – 4:15 Conclusion and next steps for LEAF Network and Tucson COG. By Jonathan Mabry
  • 4:15 – 5:00 Videos of Chinese Cultural Heritage in Tucson and tour of Tucson Chinese Cultural Center. By Richard Fe Tom

DAY 2 Conference, Saturday, September 22, 2017, 8:30am to 4pm COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT in Planning, Growing & Harvesting Edible Urban Forests

Audience: Community members from Tucson and beyond

Venue: Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704

Day 2 Registration: $40 at leafnetworkaz.org

DAY 2 CONFERENCE TOPIC

  • 8:30 – 9:00 Participants check in. Participants must be preregistered.
  • 9:00 – 9:15 Welcome, LEAF and Tucson UNESCO City of Gastronomy. By Jonathan Mabry
  • 9:15 – 10:30 The Benefit of edible trees and how to select and place them. Demonstrations of sun patterns, cold air drainage, tree spacing for growth and wildfire protection and more. By Ann Audrey
  • 10:30 – 11:45 Water resources in site design including harvesting rainwater, graywater, stormwater and air conditioning condensate. Demonstrations of bunyip water level, tree positioning in basins, mulch materials and more. By Brad Lancaster
  • 11:45 – 12:00 Introduction to today’s lunch
  • 12:00 – 1:30 Lunch prepared using edible tree products and foods from Tucson area culinary traditions. Lunch is included in registration fee.
  • 1:30 – 2:40 Tree propagation, planting and care. Demonstrations of grafting, bare root trees, potted trees, soil amendments, pruning techniques, tools and more. By Rafael de Grenade
  • 2:40 – 3:50 Tree harvesting and sharing the bounty. Demonstrations of harvesting tools, harvesting techniques, safety measures, harvesting containers and more. By Barbara Eiswerth,
  • 3:50 – 4:00 Conclusion, LEAF Network resources, info about Sunday’s tours. By Ann Audrey

DAY 3: TOURS OF TUCSON EDIBLE TREE SITES

Registration: $10 per site. Participants pre-register at leafnetworkaz.org for one or both sites

Sunday, September 24,

  • 9:00 – 11:00, $10 Tour of Mission Garden at the base of A-Mountain in Tucson
    • Tours of the recreated 4000 year prehistory and 300 year cultural history of food resources on the Santa Cruz River. With Friends of Tucson’s Birth Place
  • 11:15 – 1:15, $10 Tour of Edible Trees at the University of Arizona Campus, Tucson
    • Tours of the many varieties of edible trees growing at the UA, with examples of harvested and processed tree products. With Iskashitaa Refugee Network.
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