Urban Farm 101
I live in the heart of Phoenix Arizona, and over 20 years ago I purchased my home on 1/3 of an acre to expand my gardening habit, as it had always been my goal to be an organic farmer. A few years ago I went back to school and in one of my classes I had to define a mission and vision for my life. I had always dreamed that I would go out there somewhere and be an organic farmer…what I discovered in that class was that I was already doing what I wanted – that was to teach and showcase.
In 2001 The Urban Farm was born. These days I call The Urban Farm an environmental showcase home featuring a primarily edible landscaping (including over 80 fruit trees), three different kinds of solar panels (Photovoltaics, thermal air and water heating), rainwater harvesting, greywater harvesting, plus a remodeled 800 square foot patio primarily made from reclaimed materials. My intent is that I create all of this so that it fits into a mainstream lifestyle, and when visitors arrive they can imagine that they too could implement some of the changes I have made at The Urban Farm, in their own urban farms.
Down on the Urban Farm are my musings and observations of just what goes into making our urban areas more sustainable. I will include stuff of a local interest such as all the classes and tours that we offer as well as pictures and processes that can be integrated in your life whether you live in an apartment in New York City or have some land in Santa Fe.
On my blog is specific information on growing and being green in Phoenix, AZ. Check out the Urban Farm Video on the homepage of my blog, the Desert Planting Calendar, AZ Farmers Market List, Using Greywater in Your Home, and theArizona Regulation on Greywater.
I also delve into the notion of living green anywhere where you live. Plus, check my Tuesday posts about your Urban Farm where I will feature your urban farms. So please tell me your stories.
The Urban Farm Guy