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Greg Peterson

Outdoor Living Hour, Urban Farm Host | Urban Farming Expert
Date Started: 2022-06-30

“What if there was a garden and fruit tree in every yard?” This is a question that Greg ponders every day. For over 30 years he has been working on one of Phoenix’s first environmental showcase homes for urban farming. This 1/3-acre yard features a primarily edible landscape with 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 earn a bachelor’s degree followed directly by a Master’s 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. Since then the program hosts thousands of people yearly in free online and in person classes where they get to preorder fruit trees for planting in the low desert. Each year the program delivers thousands of fruit trees into the local Phoenix market.

Greg is also the host of the Urban Farm Podcast that in just 4 years has released over 500 episodes amassing almost two million listens to date. 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.

Published Article: What’s In Your Urban Farm?

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