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Local food activists estimate that millions of pounds of free produce go to waste each year in southern Arizona from sources such as backyard citrus trees, date palms and pomegranate shrubs.
In August, they began harvesting pomegranates, moved to calamondin limes in September and are now focusing on olives.
Recently, they also held a class about pickling olives which was taught by Doctor Hamdi Ahmad, a research specialist at UA's Food Safety Consortium.
LEAF estimates the university's main campus has about 8,000 mature trees and close to 25 percent of them have edible elements such as fruit or pods.
Doctor Barbara Eiswerth said she founded Iskashitaa Refugee Network in 2003 after noticing so much unused produce being thrown away or composted instead of feeding individuals and families.
Jayanti Pokhrel is working on her master's degree at UA and serves as the graduate intern for UA LEAF.
She said she would like everyone in the community - including students - to learn more about the potential food sources growing among us.