GrowPHX Collaborative

What is GrowPHX?

We are a collaborative of community-focused projects brought together to make a difference in our local community and food system!  Originally created by Greg Peterson and Kari Spencer, we've been creating projects that are innovative and a maybe more than a little outside the box!  But that is the cool part!  We've either dreamed up these ideas ourselves or worked with someone who was as passionate and driven as us to make these projects come to life.  Come join us!!

Our Overall Mission:

To enhance the local food system and interconnected community by facilitating projects which can make a difference in the Greater Phoenix Area.


April 2021 Update:

We have readjusted our processes and focus as a result of the coronavirus.  Like most organizations and small businesses in agriculture education, we have experienced an extraordinarily high demand for our projects and programs.  Due to time and personnel limitations we are not hosting our standard in-person events like the Community Happy Hour or the Business Networking Group at this time.  In order to keep vital programs running while we adjust to this new normal, we have moved management of these programs over to  For more information and links, visit our blog post HERE.

Our Education Programs:

  • Water Harvesting in Depth Course:
    A series of 7 classes delving into the benefits and various methods of water harvesting as a way to improve your yard and community.
  • Permaculture Education Program:
    Single classes, longer courses, and a full 72-hour PDC on permaculture & regenerative design with an emphasis on dry lands and southwest ecosystems. (Currently on hiatus)
  • Mesquite Mill and Education Program:
    Teaching how and when to harvest mesquite and then providing means to get it milled
  • Community Happy Hours:
    for open discussion on projects, ideas, and questions on landscaping, gardening, design, and more (Currently on hiatus)

Our Other Projects

  • Business Networking Group:
    For urban farming and green industry small businesses to connect and work together and strengthen our community
  • The Cool Tool Shed:
    A collection of useful homesteading and farming type of equipment for community use
  • Speakers Bureau:
    providing a resource for connecting experts and knowledgeable individuals with groups looking for speakers (Currently on hiatus)

My Big Idea

Urban Farming