Got questions about your farm or urban farming in general?
Join Greg Peterson and Jake Mace, two established urban farmers in Phoenix, AZ in this exclusive Q&A session. In this hour-long session, you can ask any questions you have about urban farming and Greg and Jake will answer them.
About The Urban Farm:
It all started in 1975 when we moved into the Weldon house, a 1/2 acre property with this magical thing called flood irrigation. I was 14 and when we arrived mom said to me “Greg, see the right half of the back yard? That’s our garden, go start digging.” That’s when I learned how to grow cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes and planted my first of what has become thousands of fruit trees.
When it was time to purchase my first home in 1989 I found the perfect property to begin my urban farming journey, although back then I was just gardening. Until 1991 when I discovered a magical concept that brought together all that I had always thought possible into one understandable container. Called permaculture, I learned about working in the flow of nature, about stacking functions and how everything can work together as a fully operational system with NO waste. So I decided to use my 1/3 acre to create an entirely edible landscape, converting the flower beds to garden plots and replacing the non-edible trees with fruit trees.
Through this process I learned how to dig my toes into the earth, listen to the plants, and experiment with new progressive permaculture techniques. My mission is to show others that they too can realize the power and joy (and deliciousness) derived from urban farming!
What I couldn’t learn from doing I supplemented with higher education, earning a Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies in 2004 and masters in Urban and Environmental Planning in 2006 from Arizona State University. During my tenure there in 2001 a professor asked me to write a mission and vision for my life. In doing so The Urban Farm was born.
About Longevity Gardens:
Pam and I were inspired and taught gardening by our parents. We both grew up in Canada but we met and were married in Arizona. We have lived at our Tempe Home for 4 years now and in that time we have planted over 150 edible trees, 50 edible bushes, and a few thousand square feet of raised bed gardens. We live in a ordinary 1970’s Tempe neighborhood but we’ve done extraordinary things with our front and back yard. We are using wood chips to build the soil, adopting animals, raising chickens, harvesting rain water, using solar energy, and saving the environment by growing our own food at home! Imagine if we all did this! Come join us – Jake and Pamela Mace