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Greg Peterson is an unlikely foodie and is a green living and sustainability innovator sharing his passion about how to grow food in our cities. His mission each day is “inspire people to embrace their own greenness,” which he does daily by living what he speaks. Greg created The Urban Farm, an environmental showcase home in the heart of Phoenix, which he opens periodically for tours and classes. As a resident of Phoenix and urban farmer for over four decades, Greg is well-versed in urban sustainability and food production. The Urban Farm (www.urbanfarm.org) features an entirely edible landscape, including over 85 fruit trees, rainwater and greywater harvesting, three solar applications, and extensive use of reclaimed and recycled building materials. The site is opened periodically throughout the year to the public and offers classes, lectures and tours. He received his master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Planning (MUEP) in December 2006 from Arizona State University where he now teaches the class called Sustainable Food and Farms. 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 additionally is on the board of directors for Native Seed/SEARCH, has worked as a teacher of their Seed School and co-developed a 200 hour online Urban Farming Curriculum. Greg’s latest project is called the Local Food Economy model, which he co-created with Miguel Jardine of VermiSoks. This model frames out the seven areas that need to be in place to create a thriving local food system.  

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2014-05-08
Magazine Article  •  Food
What is the price of rice in China? Or better yet what is the price of limes in the U.S.?
by Greg Peterson
What if I told you that according to the FDA “Nearly two-thirds of our fruits and vegetables--and 80% of seafood--eaten domestically come from outside the U.S. 4” OK so now we are not just talking about limes we are talking about 66% of ALL of our f
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2013-12-09
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Urban Farm Launches Urban Farm Guides for iPhone and iPad
by Greg Peterson
Growing one’s own food can seem like a challenging endeavor, but the Urban Farm Guides provide an easy-to-read source for quickly learning the ease and joy of growing food at your own home. Currently, the app has four how-to guides...
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2013-09-06
Magazine Article  •  Agriculture
Urban Fruit Trees
by Greg Peterson
Discovering just what works for you and how to pick the perfect fruit trees for your yard can be perplexing, and growing fruit trees in an urban area is significantly different than rural orchard growing.
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2013-08-02
Magazine Article  •  Communities
Edible Shade
by Greg Peterson
There is a great deal of thought that goes into every corner of my yard. Developing strategies to shade the house and grow healthy food are two of my favorite budget-saving efforts.
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2013-06-07
Magazine Article  •  Off Grid Living - Survival Prepping
Down on the Urban Farm
by Greg Peterson
Nicely the notion of urban farmer boils down to be very simple. First…grow food, second, share grown food with someone. So far so easy. Then give your farm a name. This third step is important as it starts to build your farm as a place, earning i
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