Greg Peterson is a green living and sustainability innovator who is well-known regionally. He has appeared extensively on television and radio and is a frequent guest columnist for publications. His mission is inspire people to embrace their own greenness, which he does daily by living what he speaks. He received his master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Planning (MUEP) in December 2006 from Arizona State University. 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.

As a resident of Phoenix for the last 48 years, Greg is well-versed in urban sustainability and food production in dry lands. He was first introduced to desert gardening at the age of 12. In 1991, he discovered the concept of permaculture, bringing together many sustainability concepts into one cohesive system. Then in 2001, Greg created a new concept called the Urban Farm, a real world environmental showcase home in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona. He applied his extensive background to transform this 1950’s built tract home into an innovative holistic home site. The Urban Farm, featuring an entirely edible landscape, including over 70 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.

His experience in nurturing the Urban Farm gave him an emerging presence in the community and, in 2004, Greg partnered with Don Titmus to create the nonprofit Phoenix Permaculture Guild. Greg served as the director and organizer of the organization from its inception until December of 2008 and grew the Guild from a few events per year to an organization with a full board and hundreds of events per year.

Greg Peterson


  1. Love your webinars (1and 2). I was hope to get your PowerPoint presentation for them if its possible..

    Thank you for the great job you are all doing!!

    Michael Kanalas

    • The next Great American Seed Up is scheduled for Oct 22, 2016. More to come on that. And I will have a seed bundle available to purchase at our upcoming tree days. It will be a large packet of each one of the seeds we had at our last seed up.

  2. We have a dwarf peach tree. It is potted. Purchased last fall. It shed leaves in winter. This spring, generated a lot of leaves and produced several peaches. It suddenly started loosing its leaves about 10 days ago. It is now bare, but still indicates a green look to the branches. Is that normal? Made sure it has been watered and it gets several hours of sun. It is on east side of our south facing house. Thanks

  3. Hello Greg
    I have a question about my snow peach. The leaves are very small not nice and wide like the Desert Gold and Mid-Pride.
    Leaves are small with black spots. Almost like not opening full when leaves come out. Is there something I need to do. All planted
    at the same time. My watering schedule is once a month and will go to twice a month this summer. All other 9 trees are good. Except the Plum. I think it was stressed from the replanting. should be ok.
    Any advice on the one peach will be great.

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