Welcome to our 2023 Fruit Tree Program:

We’ve started our Urban Farm Fruit Tree Education Program for 2023.  The way our program works is that we offer fruit tree education throughout the year with monthly fruit tree chats online and then in the fall we schedule our core fruit tree classes.

You can pre-order your fruit trees and keep offering information to help you get prepared. Then, just like with a pumpkin lot at Halloween, we open at the perfect time to plant.

Generally the nursery is only open for about 20 days per year in two “seasons” for you to pick up your pre-ordered fruit trees.  However, we do have small item pickup the rest of the year, and we are here for you at fruittrees@urbanfarm.org  Download our 2023 catalogs for details!

STEP 1

LEARN

Our education is designed specifically to lead you on the path to success! Everything you ever wanted to know about choosing, caring for, and harvesting from your trees - with updated and new classes for 2023.
Let's get planting!

STEP 2

ORDER

Working with selected growers, you can be confident our inventory is the best choice for planting in the low desert of Phoenix.
All live plants and large items are for
local pick-up only - no shipping.
Online Ordering:
Citrus Limited Pre-ordering in Aug-Sept for September pick up.
Deciduous Pre-ordering open now until for January pick up.

STEP 3

PICK-UP

The Urban Farm Pop-Up Nursery opens seasonally twice a year right before planting season for you to pick up your orders, extra supplies and see what's new. Check dates and location here to find out everything you need to know.
Let's get you loaded up!

The 24th Annual Fruit Tree Program

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Educational Videos

Fruit Tree Blog & Podcasts

770: What is Backyard Orchard Culture with Tom Spellman

Greg interviews Tom Spellman with Dave Wilson Nursery about Backyard Orchard Culture. We learn more about Tom’s three simple guidelines for your back or front yard orchards: 1. Keep the tree to a manageable size so that it’s easy to harvest. 2. Plant what you love and will use. 3. Grow trees that successively ripen.

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765: Choosing the right trees for your yard – A Rosie on the House Replay

A Rosie on the House Radio Show. This is the Aug 2023 show replay. Join Greg as he discusses fruit trees and picking the right one for you. Learn how to understand the value (what you should be paying for a tree) along with the three important success factors. While this is primarily a conversation about low desert varieties there is a bunch of great information for where ever you live

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764: Dee Stevens on Easy Fruit Picking

We meet Dr. Dee Stevens, one of group of friends who took an idea about harvesting fruit easier and safer, and created a product that is innovative and simple to use. They worked through several designs until they came up with one they loved. Greg learns how they came up with the idea, how they navigated through some of the challenges of fruit harvesting, and ended up with a patented solution that backyard orchardists can really appreciate.

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Are you Overpaying for Fruit Trees?

How much should you be paying for your fruit trees? That is really a good question. I’ve been playing with and planting fruit trees since 1974 in the low desert, so I have seen a lot! Recently Janis and I got a crazy impulse and decided to

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760: Pro Gardening Tips

A Garden Chat with Zach Loeks. This month we will chat with our friend and author Zach Loeks about his tips and tricks for getting the most out of your garden. He is willing to share some of what he learned managing his award-winning farm.

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761: Tom Spellman on Heat Stressed Trees – A Tree Chat

This is an excerpt from our July 2023 TREE Chat discussing Heat Stressed Trees. We have our mentor Tom Spellman join our monthly Tree Chat to talk about how the heat is affecting our trees in the southwest and how we can help them survive the brutal extremes of the summer season. Tom brings decades of experience to the table as we chat with our zoom audience.

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