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Gardening--It's Good Therapy for Whatever Ails You

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What is the most seasonal, organic, and local food you could possibly eat? Why, food you raised yourself, of course! Urban Farmer Greg Peterson is a local celebrity who has made a name for himself with his passion for teaching people how to farm and garden. Got a small yard, no yard, a challenging climate...Greg can show you how to culivate a little bit of your own personal green. In fact, he welcomes your challenge! A green living and sustainability innovator, Greg has appeared extensively on local television and radio and is a frequent guest columnist. His mission is to inspire people to embrace their own greenness, which he does daily by living what he speaks. Greg received his master's degree in Urban and Environmental Planning (MUEP) from Arizona State University. As a longtime resident of Phoenix, Greg is especially well-versed in urban sustainability and food production in dry lands. Iin 2001, Greg created a new concept called the Urban Farm (www.urbanfarm.org), 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 ( www.urbanfarm.org ), 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 (www.PhoenixPermaculture.org ). 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.

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