Collaborative Programs and Projects

GrowPHX Projects and Programs

Happy Hour

Where can you find people to talk to about your gardening or landscaping projects without getting a sales pitch? How can you stay abreast of local organic, permaculture, environmentally friendly, or just super cool events or projects? Join us on the second Thursday each month at the Duck and Decanter on Camelback for a light dinner, a relaxing drink, a short demonstration or education piece, and a fun raffle.  The GrowPHX Happy Hour is mostly a chance to meet people who can inspire or empower you do get your next project done.

Current GrowPHX Happy Hour topics and info can be found on our monthly calendar:

Contact if you have questions or suggestions.

Speakers Bureau

When a group needs a speaker to talk about a gardening or food growing topic, or perhaps a permaculture or landscaping process, or even pest management or beehive solution, who is available?

We are starting a group to gather current experts, cultivate new speakers, and be the resource for groups and speakers throughout our valley. We introduced the GrowPHX Speakers Bureau program in 2019 and will be expanding the program over the next few months with additional informational pages soon.

Quarterly meetings will be held at Duck & Decanter in February, May, August, and November to update and provide training & education on speaking to groups.

Contact us at:

Cool Tool Shed

Why does it seem that some of the best tools for the yard or kitchen are so expensive? Sometimes we only need it once a year, so the value does not seem worth the expense.  Well, the GrowPHX Cool Tool Shed is going to be a valley resource for those tools we use once or twice and then put in the garage or shed for months on end.  We can pool our resources, and then borrow those tools instead of buying them.

The first two items in the shed are an Apple Press and a Apple Masher.  These are bench top or table top tools that can help squish and press apples into a proper mash. To borrow these items, please email

To contribute tool ideas, please send an email to Greg or Janis.  To contribute financially to the cool tool shed program, please go to

Permaculture Education

Permaculture is an interesting word. Made up of two words – Permanent and Culture – and is a process designed for us to look to nature and design systems that work in the flow of natural systems and not against them. We’ve opened up our Permaculture Education Program with several learning opportunities including introductory webinars, full-day permaculture basics classes, and a 72-hour deep dive into permaculture.

The full course is designed to give you a whole new perspective on sustainability and regenerative design that focuses on permaculture with the drylands desert in mind.  The GrowPHX Permaculture Design Course takes place over 5 non-consecutive weekends, with one weekend of training in Tucson.

More information is available on our permaculture page

Additional questions  not answered on our Frequently Asked Questions page can be directed to or


Business Network

This is the group of like minded business owners dedicated to growing food or improving landscapes, with a focus on environmentally respectful practices.  We meet once a month for a 90 minute lunch meeting on the 4th Thursday of the month. We work together to build a business network and share information.  An educational presentation is included in these meetings to help members grow.

All members of the Business Network commit to an ethical code of conduct in their dealings with clients and other businesses, and in building a regenerative community in the Greater Phoenix area. A member listing can be found at

For more information contact

Mesquite Mill and Education Program

As part of the Cool Tool Shed, and with an intent to increase our local food security with access to a healthy, local, and native food source, we secured a Mesquite Mill for our valley. This hammermill is the size of a small car when all set up, so not easily stored in just anyone’s garage. A fundraising program is in effect to help pay for this mill and associated expenses with establishing this program.

We have built an education program around this and will have a 4-6 week long series of classes, webinars, harvesting, and milling events in late May and June each year.

To find out more  click HERE to go to the Mesquite section.

What is next?

Do you have an idea that should live here?  Contact us!