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Turn your yard into a mini urban farm

The Urban Farm is gearing up for its annual August and September events, which include everything from lectures on the importance of backyard chickens to what fruit trees to plant, and when.

Greg Peterson created from a passion for backyard city farming, which grew as he created The Urban Farm on 1/3 of an acre at his home in North Central Phoenix, where he planted 80 fruit trees. The Urban Farm’s mission is to educate and inspire; the transition from gardener to farmer is an easy one.

Upcoming programs to help you get started include:

  • Raising Backyard Chickens, 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 at Creative Living’s Friday Night Farmers Market, 6530 N. 7th St. Discover the importance of keeping chickens in your backyard and what they can do for you and your family.
  • There’s Gotta Be an Easier Way to Compost, 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at Creative Living’s Friday Night Farmers Market, 6530 N. 7th St. Are you looking for a simple way to turn your food waste into fertilizer? Check out this lecture to learn how to transform your food scraps into gold.
  • 19th Annual Fruit Tree Program Kickoff Extravaganza, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Uptown Farmers Market on the campus of North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave. Join Greg Peterson and the team as they launch the 2018-19 Urban Farm Local Fruit Tree Program. Not only will you learn how the program works, but you will also learn how to easily care for fruit trees in your own backyard. By attending the event, you will be entered to win fruit trees certificates, planting starter mix certificates and fruit tree, or garden phone consults with Peterson.
  • Three Ways to Kill a Fruit Tree, 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 at Creative Living’s Friday Night Farmers Market, 6530 N. 7th St. Learn from others’ fruit tree failures so that you do not make the same mistakes. Peterson’s lecture will provide information on how to start properly planting and nurturing your fruit trees.

While events are free, pre-registration is recommended. For more information or to register for an event, visit


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