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Discussion with Greg Peterson: Jump Start Your Fall Garden

The founder of the Urban Farm and author of The Urban Farm's Simple Sustainability Series leads a discussion on fall gardening in the desert Southwest.

Would you like to… Save money at the grocery store? Reduce the pesticides and GMO's in your diet? Create greater food security for your family and community? Greg Peterson of The Urban Farm will share his extensive experience and knowledge of urban farming and growing food. Join him as he teaches you how to grow fruits, veggies, herbs and greens for your family.

Greg has been a gardener in the Southwest since 1975 and loves sharing his experiences of growing in the desert with the community. Admittedly, gardening in Phoenix has a unique set of challenges, but, by following some simple yet effective steps, growing will become a lot easier. Join Greg as he walks you through the three most important things to know about starting your garden and learn to successfully grow your own veggies in the desert.

Growing food in the desert is really quite simple, the challenge is knowing the rules. There are three basic things that you need to know that when you have them down growing a successful garden is a snap…okay well a lot easier. Join Greg at Changing Hands Bookstore for this lively discussion and discover your way into an incredible edible fall garden – and yes, August is the perfect time to start planting.

Greg resides at the Urban Farm, an environmental showcase home in the heart of Phoenix, which he opens periodically for tours and classes. He runs and Urban Farm U – both designed to educate and inspire. As a resident of Phoenix for the last 48 years, Greg is well-versed in urban sustainability and food production in dry lands.

GREG PETERSON is a green living and sustainability innovator who is well-known regionally. He has appeared extensively on television and radio and is a frequent guest columnist for publications. His mission is inspire people to embrace their own greenness,which he does daily by living what he speaks. 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. As a resident of Phoenix for the last 48 years, Greg is well-versed in urban sustainability and food production in dry lands. He was first introduced to desert gardening at 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 (, a real world environmental showcase home in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona.
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