7:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Using LEAF Network Resources to Select Site, Plant, Water, and Harvest “Edible” Trees in Arizona |
Ann Audrey, Environmental Consultant
The Linking Edible Arizona Forests (LEAF) Network provides a wealth of information to help you add “edible” trees, those species that produce edible fruits, nuts, seeds, and pods, to sites within urban and community forests. In this lively 4-hour workshop, you will learn how to select, site, plant, water, care for, and harvest edible trees and shrubs.
As part of the workshop, participants will assess a specific urban forest site to determine the most favorable locations to plant edible trees. The assessment will address sun and shade patterns, cold air drainage, wind patterns, spacing between trees, and Firewise design. Most importantly, in these times of uncertain water supplies, you will evaluate the potential to harvest multiple non-potable water supplies to help support the trees. Sustainable design principles will be discussed and applied to help guide where to place trees to maximize benefits for the trees and the site.
Overview of the training include:
Speaker Bio: Ann Audrey is an environmental consultant working in the fields of urban tree management, rainwater harvesting, and sustainable design. She edited the 350-page American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) Rainwater Harvesting Manual, which is used throughout the U.S. to train rainwater harvesting professionals. She just completed the Tucson Community Forest Action Plan, to guide the planting of one million trees in Tucson by 2030. Recent projects include developing guidance on the use native and cultivated fruit and nut trees in Arizona, developing best practices to increase the use of native trees in Tucson, and compiling information on climate resilient native trees for Arizona and New Mexico. She also researched and developed profiles of insect and disease threats to urban trees in Arizona and New Mexico and will be expanding the number of threat species addressed in the coming year.