Greg is a green living and sustainability innovator sharing his passion about how to grow food in our cities. In 2001 created The Urban Farm, an environmental showcase home in the heart of Phoenix, which he opens periodically for tours and classes. Having grown food in Phoenix for four decades, Greg is well-versed in urban sustainability and food production. Greg lives at the Urban Farm (www.urbanfarm.org
) which features an entirely edible landscape, including over 75 fruit trees, rainwater and greywater harvesting, three solar applications, and extensive use of reclaimed and recycled building materials.Greg earned his master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Planning (MUEP) in December 2006 from Arizona State University where he now teaches the class called Sustainable Food and Farms. Greg is in the process of launching Urban Farm University, an online educational platform, is on the board of directors for SustainableAZ, and developed a 200 hour online Urban Farming Curriculum.
His academic training has been augmented by 34 years of real world self-study, ownership of multiple businesses and a rich background in entrepreneurship, computer training, software development and management.
Greg’s latest projects:
- The Local Food Economy model, which he co-created with Miguel Jardine of VermiSoks. This model frames out the seven areas that need to be in place to create a thriving local food system.
- Urban Farm University offering Urban Farming 101, Seeds School online, Growing Food online.
Greg’s Mission – To each day inspire people into their own level of greenness.