Urban Farming with Greg Peterson :077

Permaculturalist Greg Peterson teaches urban farming, proving it’s not the size of the yard that counts!

Greg Peterson is an entrepreneur and permaculturalist who has dedicated his life to changing the food system, starting in his back yard. Greg has a gift for turning his amazing ideas into reality, not letting any fears hold him back. He is the creator of Urban Farm University, where he creates free and paid courses to help everyone everywhere learn how to turn lawns into food – Urban Farming! His incessant positive attitude, contagious except to the most negative of ninnies, steers him on his mission both in-person and online to get real food into real people, making the world more awesome from the inside out.


“Here’s what I know. Everybody needs to eat. And if we’re going to be healthy, everybody needs to eat healthy food.” – Greg Peterson, Urban Farm U


Listen to the podcast to hear:

  • How you don’t need acreage to grow your own real food, and what all Greg accomplishes on his ¼ acre urban lot with “a little bit of land and planning” – Urban Farming!
  • Greg’s story of how he turned his 7th-grade vision of healing the food system into reality.
  • How the “art and science of working with nature” can help us use our space efficiently and effectively.
  • How defining his role on the planet at a weekend workshop 26 years ago still gives him chills and motivation to sustain his mission of transforming the food system.
  • How the notion of lack and scarcity only lives in our heads.
  • How stepping into prosperity consciousness is where happiness exists, and how the garden is one of the best visions of prosperity and gateways to happiness.
  • How Greg found the courage to stay strong to his mission despite disheartening and even mean-spirited beginnings.
  • What model is best to spread garden knowledge in your community.
  • How to know when to start teaching what you know to your community.
  • How you don’t have to be a gardener to be part of the real-food movement, and ways you can contribute instead.
  • The difference between verbal passion versus active passion, and how exploring multiple experiences and embracing failure can help us bridge that gap.
  • Greg’s local Great American Seed Up Program, designed to spread bulk diverse seeds in the community while educating on how to save, start, and store seeds.
  • How to allow yourself the freedom to flow with your changing passions instead of thinking you have to stay in the same place all the time.
  • About Greg’s in-person permaculture and fruit tree planting programs, and the analogous programs online.
  • How no one has a black thumb.
  • Why growing food in urban areas is the solution to America’s food and environmental problem.
  • How moving towards prosperity is different than moving away from scarcity, how being “for” something is different than being “against” something, and why that difference is so crucial.
  • How promoting urban gardening promotes happier people throughout the world.
  • How you only need a patio with sun to capture the joy of growing your own food.
  • What the 3 things in our culture are that cause 100% of the disease (and how gardening could be the answer to all of them).
  • What the real human super power is, and how the way you choose to use it creates your experience every day.
  • Why “choosing happy” is so hard.
  • Check out Greg’s interview of me about my school garden program on HIS Urban Farm podcast here.
  • Greg also featured me and my own front-yard garden on his Urban Farm featured farmer blog here!



About Greg

Greg Peterson in Garden - Urban Farm U

Greg has lived at the Urban Farm for almost 30 years.  His home was Phoenix’s first environmental showcase for urban farming.  This 1/3-acre yard features an entirely edible landscape, including over 70 fruit trees, rainwater and greywater harvesting, solar applications, and extensive use of reclaimed and recycled building materials. Greg is a longtime permaculture advocate, flunked out of university in 1981 because he was bored, then went back 20 years later to get a bachelor’s degree and a Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning in 2006.  He is a lifelong continual learner. On his days off he hangs out in his garden with his sweetheart Heidi and their chickens, creating new projects and catching some rays.




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