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Urban Farm’s Local Lecture Series

Summer- Fall 2018

There is so much you can do in your farms and gardens! Join us for informative discussions on specific aspects of being an urban farmer in this valley. We have several topics to choose from and a great location to enjoy them.  This summer we are starting this Lecture Series at the Creative Living’s Farmers Market which is going to be a locally focused resource for hand made, hand crafted, and locally grown items. This might just be your new Friday Date-Night option!



Yo, If You Have a Backyard,
You Need to be Keeping Chickens!

August 3rd, 6:30 – 8 pm

Keeping chickens can be easy, you just need to know the rules. AND the pitfalls. Join Farmer Greg Peterson, keeper of a flock of chickens since 1999, as he walks you though the simple ways to grow your own happy hens.

There’s Gotta be an Easier
Way to Compost!

August 17th, 6:30 – 8 pm

If you have ever tried to compost you know that traditional composting is not all that easy.  What if there were some easier ways to transform that precious food waste into gardeners gold?   In this chat we will explore at least 3 other simpler ways to turn your food scraps into fertilizer.

Growing Vegetables and More
in a Container Garden!

August 31st, 6:30 – 8 pm

Fun and easy for aspiring and seasoned gardeners alike, container gardens offer flexibility and manageability that in-ground gardens lack, but they have their own special requirements and strategies in order to be successful.  Kari Spencer shares techniques with you that make container gardening easy and highly productive, and will elevate the nutritional, physical and financial health of your family.  She leads you step by step and take the guesswork out of the process so that you can quickly enjoy the benefits of a patio farm!



Three Ways to Kill a Fruit Tree!
(Three ways to keep it alive)

September 14th, 6:30 – 8 pm

As you can imagine there are specific things that will have your trees thrive or not!  I’ll show you successes and failures, outlining the top three things people consistently do that kill fruit trees!  Why? So YOU can see what not to do. Success is easier if you learn from other’s failures and start by properly planting and nurturing your trees.

So, You Want to
Grow a Fruit Tree!

September 28th, 6:30 – 8 pm

Greg’s favorite plants to nurture at the Urban Farm are the fruit trees. Yet if your are just starting out, the selection of fruit trees that you can grow is vast – peaches, apples, apricots, plums, figs, citrus and more – and discovering just what works and how to pick a perfect fruit tree for your yard can be perplexing. Join Greg as he walks you through the most important things to know about growing fruit trees in your yard. It REALLY is quite simple.



Jump Start your
Fall & Winter Gardens!

October 12th, 6:30 – 8 pm

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 for this lively discussion and discover your way into an incredible edible garden – and yes, this is a perfect time to be planting.

Planting, Stewarding, and Feasting from Wild Food Forests!

October 26th, 6:30 – 8 pm

A presentation by (an book signing with) Brad Lancaster, author of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond and co-contributor to Desert Harvesters’ Eat Mesquite and More.
This celebratory presentation is on Desert Harvesters and other dynamo local wild food and rain planting efforts that have enriched southwestern communities, ecosystems, and palates – and how you can likewise enrich the community where you live!



So, You Want to be an
Urban Farmer!

November 9th, 6:30 – 8 pm

Farmer Greg will share his extensive experience and knowledge of urban farming and growing food. He is passionate about teaching you how to grow fruits, veggies, herbs and greens for your family.  Can you imagine picking those fresh bell peppers with your children, and then making them into dinner? How about a homegrown lettuce, cucumber, and strawberry salad for lunch? Come learn how!!

Your Keys to Regenerative Living,
Intro to Permaculture!

November 23rd, 6:30 – 8 pm

Permaculture is an interesting word. Made up of two words – Permanent and Culture – and is a process designed for us to look to nature and design systems that work in the flow of natural systems and not against them. Join some local Permies for a lively conversation delving into the notion of permaculture and just how it could apply to your life…it forever changed Greg’s and so can it yours.



Fruit Tree education
Maybe a Pruning Lecture

December 7th, 6:30 – 8 pm

Details soon!

Planning your Grocery Trip with
Edible Landscape Design!

December 21st, 6:30 – 8 pm

Details soon!