Greg resides at the Urban Farm, an environmental showcase home in the heart of Phoenix, which he opens periodically for tours and classes. He runs UrbanFarm.org and Urban Farm U - both designed to educate and inspire. As a resident of Phoenix for the last 48 years, Greg is well-versed in urban sustainability and food production in dry lands. Join him for this 4-week online course.
Why Jump Start Your Urban Farm?
The easy answer to this is to grow your own healthy, nutrient dense and very tasty food! To do this we need a place to start, a jumping off point, a bit of a reset in the way we think. In permaculture the first set of rules is (1) to observe, (2) then plan, (3) implement and (4) observe some more. With a simple set of steps we can learn how to nurture our yards and grow our own food and build community.
Jump Start Your Urban Farm is the culmination of over four decades of thought that started for me as a teenager in the mid 70's, as I observed our food system and determined for myself that I believe our food systems is broken. As a 7th grader I hand wrote a paper in pencil (remember it was the 70's) on how we were over fishing the oceans. How does a 14 year old know this? To this day I do not know and someone at one of my lectures recently commented that Jacque Cousteau must have been one of my heroes. WOW that was a moment of recognition.
Fast forward to 2015, 40 years of playing in the food arena and being an advocate for permaculture and urban farming. I have put all of it together in a cohesive conversation designed to shine a light on a new way of thinking, one that helps you reframe your world and make different choices. I have developed many resources and experiences that I bring to you in this beginning class Jump Start Your Urban Farm!
During our 4-week program you will meet other urban growers - some calling themselves urban farmers and find your own inspiration. You will gain a new way of thinking and be able to plan your space to be a more sustainable and regenerative space. No matter the size.
What could be more satisfying?
Where we are going!
First and foremost we are going to explore a new way of thinking that I like to call regenerative design. In a nutshell humans design a particular type of system, which I like to call a degenerative system. Nature on the other hand is built on regenerative systems. We will spend a fair amount of time distinguishing the two and looking for regenerative systems in your space. They are there, we just need to know what we are looking for then learn how to replicate them.
Next you will learn observe your space and then create your first sustainability plan for your home. This is an integral piece because often when we don't plan it is like we are shooting in the dark. Plus if you are anything like me you take on wayyyy to much then only part of it gets done. So the planning process is crucial because it helps us not get overwhelmed - the single biggest barrier to getting things accomplished.
Then we will explore a model of urban food sustainability that I call the Local Food Economy Model of which there are 7 parts. Once you get an idea of this you have a lot more power to impact our food sourcing, nutritional density, and so much more.
Consider this your introduction to sustainability (I don't like that word and we will discuss why in the class.) It is a very powerful distinction however just like the conversation I call "We need to STOP recycling" (which we will also cover.)
So if you are ready to change the way you think and feel about our local food system jump on board and let’s get started!