Sat Nov 3, 2012
Saturday morning, 8:30-10:00am
Come and find out why Greg's favorite plants to nurture at the Urban Farm are fruit trees. The selection of fruit trees that grow in the Valley is vast - peaches, apples, apricots, plums, pears, citrus and more - discovering just what works and how to pick a perfect fruit tree for your yard can be perplexing.. Join Greg as he walks you through the three most important things to know about growing fruit trees in your yard. It REALLY is quite simple.
Class location: The Orchard Room at Root Phoenix
Greg Peterson is a green living and sustainability innovator who is well-known regionally. He is a writer, teacher, and lecturer on many aspects of sustainability, green living and permaculture, has appeared extensively on local television and radio and is a frequent guest columnist and contributing writer for publications such as Phoenix Magazine and Edible Phoenix. He received his master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Planning (MUEP) in December 2006 from Arizona State University. 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 mission is to “inspire people to embrace their own greenness,” which he does daily by living what he speaks. As a resident of Phoenix for the last 41 years, Greg is well-versed in urban sustainability and food production in dry lands and has been gardening in the desert since the age of 12. In 1991, he discovered the concept of permaculture, bringing together many sustainability concepts into one cohesive system. Then in 2001, Greg created a new concept called the Urban Farm (www.urganfarm.org), a real world environmental showcase home in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona. He applied his extensive background to transform this 1950’s built tract home into an innovative holistic home site. The Urban Farm (www.urbanfarm.org), featuring an entirely edible landscape, including over 70 fruit trees, rainwater and greywater harvesting systems, three solar applications, and extensive use of reclaimed and recycled building materials. The site is open regularly throughout the year to the public and offers classes, lectures and tours.
His experience in nurturing the Urban Farm gave him an emerging presence in the community and, in 2004, Greg partnered with Don Titmus to create the nonprofit Phoenix Permaculture Guild (www.PhoenixPermaculture.org). Greg served as the director and organizer of the organization from its inception until December of 2008 and grew the Guild from a few events per year to an organization with a full board and hundreds of events per year.