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Greg Peterson’s Urban Farm: Farming in the Heart of the City

Phoenix, Arizona Urban Farm

By Greg Peterson
January 19, 2010


There is something to eat in my yard every day, 365 days a year. Last Thanksgiving it was a wonderful salad of six different greens, including nasturtium leaves and sorrel (a surprise find, growing in the back “wild” area); ruby red pomegranate seeds; an incredible citrus called limequat that was sliced up skin and all for a tangy/sweet sensation; and a little bit of tarragon and fennel, with a smidge of that pretty little three-leaf clover you see growing in some yards called sourgrass. The flavors were so diverse and striking that I chose not to add any dressing at all.

I live in the heart of Phoenix, AZ, at what I now call the Urban Farm, an environmental showcase home. The site features a primarily edible landscape (including over 80 fruit trees), three different kinds of solar panels, rainwater and greywater harvesting, a remodeled 800-square-foot patio and an outdoor shower and kitchen made primarily from reclaimed materials. My intent is to present my home in a place where most people would live so that when visitors arrive they can imagine that they too could implement some of the changes I have made at The Urban Farm into their own “urban farms.”

It all started with food and my desire to garden. Over the past 20+ years I have re-landscaped my entire yard to the point that everything that I grow is either edible or supports the plants that are edible. I have planted trees that produce edible fruits and nuts; perennial herbs including basil and oregano that I use a hedge trimmer on periodically; along with the standard annual vegetables — broccoli, snow peas and cucumbers, just to name a few. Because of the name, visitors to the Urban Farm have an expectation that they will see long rows of corn and beans — a full working farm. To the contrary; much of what I grow lives in standard garden beds. If the casual passerby did not know any differently, they would just see a nicely landscaped yard.

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See Greg’s Urban Farm web site here.

1 comment

1 Linda Ward { 01.10.11 at 6:55 am }

Looking for information/calendar as to “date” & “time” to visit your gardens.