Water Harvesting Summit 2023
Speakers & Schedule

Water Harvesting Summit
This free, online 3-day event goes liveJuly 13th thru July 15th. Learn how to utilize the natural water resources in your yard to improve self-sufficiency and grow the edible yard of your dreams.
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Why rely on a water source that costs money, energy and is overallocated? Groundwater is becoming harder to find and extract, and water management and conservation is a rising concern as populations and economies continue to expand around the globe. The process of treating and pumping municipal water also costs money and energy which is reflected in our utilities. Water harvesting reduces this expense by tapping into a free resource.  When you learn to utilize your yard’s natural water supply to capture your own water, you reduce your reliance on municipal water to become more self-sufficient as you cultivate the green landscape of your dreams (no matter what type of climate you live in)  

During the Water Harvesting Summit, you’ll learn techniques from our experts for harvesting your own water, from rainwater to greywater. You’ll learn how to build healthier soil that can hold more water. And you’ll learn some of our favorite efficient and effective garden-watering techniques.

If you haven’t signed up yet, click here to reserve your spot. 


DATES: Daily July 13th-15th, 2023

LOCATION: Online. Links will be sent to your inbox each day of the Summit (after you sign up)

Starting SOON!


Your Host:
Farmer Greg Peterson

Farmer Greg is the creator and your main host for the Water Harvesting Summit. You will find him introducing each speaker, jumping online for live Q&As daily, and sharing a few presentations.
Farmer Greg has been digging his toes into the earth, listening to the plants, and experimenting wih progressive permaculture techniques in his yard for over 40 years. His 1/3-acre home in Phoenix, AZ has been converted into an entirely edible landscape open to the community for tours and classes, and his fruit tree program has resuted in the planting of over 10,000 fruit trees. Greg's mission is to show others that they too can realize the power, joy and deliciousness of urban farming! Greg received his Master's degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from Arizona State University, and has since taught at a trade school and even returned to his alma mater to teach Sustainable Food and Farms. He started UrbanFarm.org to build a community for urban farmers and home gardeners around the world to come for inspiration, education, and advice. His podcast, The Urban Farm Podcast, has been so fun and successful that he has decided to expand his reach to even more people by offering virtual Summits.

Your Co-Host:
Janis Norton

Janis is an integral part of The Urban Farm Team and will be co-hosting this summit with Greg. You will find her helping out in between the presentations AND leading a presentation on wood chips
Janis's expertise revolves around community and education. She has more than two decades of experience managing youth programs and training both the youth and their leaders. She has a great passion for helping others learn new skills. Wanting to take her own education further, she pursued degrees in Chemistry and Sustainability and snagged an internship with The Urban Farm. There she became motivated to learn all she could about growing food while using her project management skills to help facilitate The Urban Farm’s events including the 2nd Annual Great American Seed Up. Now that she’s found her calling and knows she is making a difference in her community, there is no stopping her!

Daily Schedule

Please note: Times are subject to change

Thursday, July 13th

1:00pm PDT: Water Harvesting 101 with Greg Peterson and Don Titmus

Discover the opportunities that are right in front of you

2:00pm PDT: Rainwater Harvesting In 9 Days (Or Less!) with Renee Dang

The step-by-step to start harvesting rainwater for your home & garden 

3:00pm PDT: Create An Upward Spiral Of Water Retention: How Biology Supports the Water Cycle with Judith Scwartz

How to positively impact your land with plants & animals

4:00pm PDT: How Trees Bring Water with Andrew Millison

Friday, July 14th

1:00pm PDT: Turn Rainwater Into Drinking Water: Harvesting Rainwater for Potable Use with MaryAnn Capehart & Susanna Eden

Collect and treat rainwater for safe and clean drinking water!

2:00pm PDT: Water Harvester, An Invitation To Abundance with David Fenster

How water harvesting turned a neighborhood around.

3:00pm PDT: India’s Water Revolution with Andrew Millison

4:00pm PDT: Make Your Garden A Water-Absorbing Sponge with Janis Norton

How to keep your garden watered, while reducing water consumption

Saturday, July 15th

10:00am PDT:  How to Safely Use Greywater From Your Home with Era Keys

Easily use leftover water from sinks, showers & washing machines!

11:00am PDT: Rainwater Harvesting Made Simple with Charles Alcorn

The simplest water harvesting system for conserving water.

12:00pm PDT: Get Your Questions Answered!

Get your pressing garden questions answered LIVE by Water Harvesting in Depth instructors Greg & Don. 

12:30pm PDT: How to Rescue a Sinking Water Table with Andrew Millison