Media Release

Edible Tree Tour Reveals Unexpected Delicacies of the Urban Forest

Edible Tree Tour

(August 15, 2013 Toronto ON – For immediate release) On Saturday, August 24, 2013, Amanda Gomm of LEAF, Susan Poizner of Orchard People and Becky Thomas of Not Far From The Tree, will lead an Edible Tree Tour, designed to showcase the many edible tree delights found throughout the city.


“While most people are used to seeing apples and cherries in the city, we will reveal lesser-known edible delights like fruit, leaves, bark and flowers,” says Amanda Gomm. “For instance, both the Japanese maple and the magnolia tree offer edible parts that people aren’t likely familiar with.”


The tour will begin in Ben Nobleman Park, home to Toronto's first community orchard located in a public park.

Participants will also learn about the volunteer fruit tree picking program run by Not Far From The Tree which sees urban fruit, that would otherwise go to waste, put to good use.


The Edible Tree Tour is one of an ongoing Tree Tour program developed by LEAF to tell the stories of the urban forest and the people and places it sustains. 


For information on the organizations hosting this tour visit,, and


LEAF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of the urban forest and engages citizens in urban forest stewardship through planting, education and training. Since 1996 LEAF has helped citizens plant over 19,000 native trees and shrubs in their neighbourhoods. 


Photo opportunities / interviews with course instructors and participants available upon request.




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