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Greg Peterson – The Urban Farm

Greg Peterson

Yes he IS an Urban Farmer

Greg has lived at his home the Urban Farm for 30 years.  It is Phoenix’s first environmental showcase for urban farming.  This 1/3-acre yard features a primarily edible landscape, including over 70 fruit trees, rainwater and greywater harvesting, solar applications, and extensive use of reclaimed and recycled building materials.

Greg is a longtime permaculture advocate, flunked out of university in 1981 because he was bored, then went back 20 years later to get a bachelor’s degree followed directly by a Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning in 2006.  He is a lifelong continual learner.

Greg is the creator of the Urban farm Fruit Tree Education program in Phoenix Arizona which he began in 1999 when he discovered you could go into most nurseries and they would sell you a fruit tree that would never make fruit.  Back then the program was a yearly spring time education series on best practices for growing fruit trees.  Since then it has turned into a program where thousands of people attend free online and in person classes and get to preorder fruit trees for planting in the low desert.  Each year the program delivers over 5000 fruit trees into the local market.

Greg is also the host of the UrbanFarmPodcast.com that in just  under 4 years has released over 500 episodes.  The average listens per episode is just over 3000 amassing over 1.7 million listens.  On his days off he hangs out in his garden with Heidi his sweetheart, Kismet his pooch and their chickens, creating new projects and catching some rays.