Front Cover
 Incredible edibles from trees
 Record section

Title: What's a tree to me? : member's manual
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Title: What's a tree to me? : member's manual
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Creator: Florida 4-H Youth Development, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida
Publisher: Florida 4-H Youth Development, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
        Page 2 (MULTIPLE)
        Page 3
    Incredible edibles from trees
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
    Record section
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 12
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or recommendations. These texts
represent the historic publishing
record of the Institute for Food and
Agricultural Sciences and should be
used only to trace the historic work of
the Institute and its staff. Current IFAS
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site maintained by the Florida
Cooperative Extension Service.

Copyright 2005, Board of Trustees, University
of Florida


4H FOM 10




What's A Tree To Me? Member's Manual


This educational material has been adapted for use in Florida by Cynthia L. Thomson, Graduate Assistant, School
of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, in cooperation with Florida 4-H.

The material was originally prepared for 4-H use by the Department of Education, New York State College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences, through a special grant from the International Paper Company Foundation.
Administration of the grant was by Cornell Cooperative Extension Service New York City 4-H office. Original
publication was through the National 4-H Council, 7100 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815.


Mr. B.J. Allen, Associate Professor and Extension 4-H Youth Specialist, 4-H and Other Youth Programs

Miss Linda L. Dearmin, Associate Professor and Extension 4-H Youth Specialist, 4-H and Other Youth Programs

Dr. Suzanne G. Fisher, Assistant Dean and Chairperson, 4-H and Other Youth Programs

Dr. D. Mitchell Flinchum, Associate Professor and Extension Forestry Specialist, School of Forest Resources and

Mr. Anthony S. Jensen, Associate Professor and Extension Forestry and Wildlife Specialist, School of Forest
Resources and Conservation

Dr. Wayne R. Marion, Associate Professor and Extension Wildlife Ecology Specialist, School of Forest Resources
and Conservation

Dr. Nancy Pywell, Assistant Professor of Natural Resources Education, School of Forest Resources

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What's A Tree To Me? Member's Manual


Mrs. Joyce M. Lottinville, Illustrator, and Dr. Nancy Pywell, School of Forest Resources and Conservation

ne day a very old man left his house early in the
morning and returned several hours later with a
sapling. The sapling was half as tall as you are and
as thin as a wooden pencil. The old man began
planting it at the roadside in front of his house. He
worked slowly because he was old and because he
enjoyed the work. As he planted, a neighbor came
by and looked at the tiny sapling.

"Why you silly old man," the neighbor laughed, "you're wasting your time planting such a small sapling!
You'll be gone before it grows large enough to fill this space with beauty and shade."

"You are correct," the old man calmly replied as he continued planting. "But, I am not planting this tree for
myself. All my life I have had fine trees to look at and walk under because when I was young, old people planted
trees. Now, I plant trees -- for those to come!"

What's a Tree to Me? was developed to teach you more about trees their importance, value, usefulness, and the
pleasure they give. If you live in the city, the suburbs, or the country, trees are an important part of your life. What
would your neighborhood be like without trees?

You will learn how trees grow, what trees do for people and the environment, and how you can help trees. There
are many exciting activities and opportunities to invite guest speakers to your meetings. You can also learn about
careers that deal with trees. The more effort you put into this project, the more benefits you will receive from it.
Have a TREEmendous time!

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Page 3


Trees in a supermarket? Yes! Supermarkets are full of tree products. Boxes, bags, toothpicks, napkins, and paper
towels are all wood or wood products. How many can you find?
And when you're hungry, it's nice to know that you can get food from trees too. Lots of incredible edibles come
from trees!
Sawdust soup? Tree-leaf salad? Bark brownies? What part of a tree do you eat most often?
Apples, oranges, mangoes, and many other fruits come from trees. You are eating part of a tree when you eat a
tree-grown fruit. Many nuts come from trees. A nut is a type of fruit. Like all fruits, it comes from a flower. But
most of us think a nut is so different from an apple that we don't think of it as a fruit.


EDIBLES from trees

What's A Tree To Me? Member's Manual

Most fruit and nuts are easily recognized as tree parts because we eat
them just as they are found. But the twigs, sap, leaves, flowers, bark
and roots used to make incredible edibles are harder to spot. You
probably eat lots of them, but not as they come from a tree. Instead,
they are processed or changed in some way before you eat them.

Look at the picture of the candy bar. Or, better yet, get one like it, and
examine it. Two kinds of fruit are used to make it coconuts and
almonds. Which is unprocessed? The processed nut is first shredded
and then mixed with sugar and other things.

Coconuts and almonds aren't the only tree parts in the candy bar;
there's another. Chocolate! Chocolate is processed from the seeds of
the cacao tree.

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But remember never eat a tree-fruit (or anything else) if you don't
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What's A Tree To Me? Member's Manual

Incredible edibles list some others. A search through your kitchen cabinets, a trip to the supermarket, or a walk
through the park or your backyard may give you some ideas. Here are four riddles that may help you:

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A puzzler:

People obtain many benefits when they eat tree-fruit. Many tree-fruits are good to eat, and good for you. But ... do
trees benefit because people eat their fruits? Have any good things happened to apple trees because people like
apples? The life story of John Chapman may help you to answer this question. Who was John Chapman? His
nickname was "Johnny Appleseed!"

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Record Section

Project Requirements


1) What are the edible parts of a tree? List them, and give an example of each.

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g. h.

2) What is a nut?

3) Do some nuts come from trees? Give some examples.

4) What does the word "processed" mean?


1) Make a large poster of the Incredible Edibles Tree. Present it to your club, and give some interesting

2) Mount or draw a map of the world on poster board or thin plywood. Attach to the map lables or samples
(in plastic) of products from trees. Be sure to show clearly which county each incredible edible comes from.

3) Make your own dried fruit! You'll need a wooden frame with screening nailed across the top. Slice some
fruit (apples, pears, bananas, etc.) very thinly, sprinkle it lightly with sulfur, and place it on your drying frame.
Allow the fruit to dry for two days. Bring some to your next club meeting.

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What's A Tree To Me? Member's Manual

4) List all of the incredible edibles from trees you have in your kitchen. Identify each item as a fruit, nut, twig,
flower, leaf, sap, bark, or root.

5) Plant a fruit or nut tree in your yard. Ask someone at a local nursery which trees would be suitable for your
area. Take slides of the different steps involved in planting a tree, and show them to your group.

6) Take a field trip to a local supermarket. See how many incredible edibles from trees you can find.



October 1990

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County: 4-H Club:

Years in 4-H work: School:

Leader's Name: Do you live in the City?


IFAS Extension

1. This document has been extracted from 4H FOM 10 (section 3 of 11 sections) and supercedes
4H-480, one of a series of the School of Forest Resources and Conservation for 4-H Youth
Development Program, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Date reprinted October 1990. Please visit the
FAIRS Website at http://hammock.ifas.ufl.edu.

2. Cynthia L. Thomson, Graduate Assistant, School of Forest Resources and Conservation,
Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of
Florida, Gainesville, 32611.

Christine Taylor Waddill, Director, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture, publishes this information to further
the purpose of the May 8 and June 30, 1914 Acts of Congress; and is authorized to provide research, educational information and
other services only to individuals and institutions that function without regard to race, color, age, sex, handicap or national origin. The
information in this publication is available in alternate formats. Single copies of extension publications (excluding 4-H and youth
publications) are available free to Florida residents from county extension offices. Information on copies for out-of-state purchase is
available from Publications Distribution Center, University of Florida, PO Box 110011, Gainesville, FL 32611-0011. Information about
alternate formats is available from Educational Media and Services, University of Florida, PO Box 110810, Gainesville, FL 32611-0810.
This information was published as 4H FOM 10, which supercedes 4H-480, Florida Cooperative Extension Service.

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