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U of A group harvesting fruits from campus trees

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The citrus trees on the Uof A campus will soon be getting a little lighter, thanks to a greatcause. 

LEAF, or Linking EdibleArizona Forests, a group that began on the U of A campus in 2013, is pickingthe citrus on the campus and delivering it to those in need in the Tucsonarea. 

LEAF brings togetherstudents and volunteers to pick the various fruit on campus, and is supportedby the UA Green Fund.  The mission ofLEAF is to 'link people with the benefits of edible trees, and edible treeswith the care of people.' 

A few weeks ago LEAF gatheredsome of its first citrus, picking limes from the trees on campus and givingthem to a refugee network, which uses the fruit to help the refugees integrateinto the Tucson community. 

One of the first harvestsfor LEAF happened in 2013, when volunteers collected nearly 400 pounds ofolives from the campus trees.  The oliveand citrus trees are only a portion of the 8,000 mature trees on campus.  More than 1,800 of those trees produce fruit,nuts and seeds of some kind.   

According to LEAForganizers the next citrus harvest will be on April 5.

For more on LEAF clickhere - https://arboretum.arizona.edu/student-projects/leaf-linking-edible-arizona

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