The Urban Farm announced the dates to its open house for the 18th annual Urban Farm Fruit Tree Education Program in the Valley of the Sun. The two-day event takes place at The Urban Farm located at 6750 N 13th Place, in Phoenix, on November 3 and 4 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Here you will see full-grown fruit trees and learn which ones will work for your yard. Two guided “tours” will run at 8:45 and 10 a.m. each day where people can learn from owner of The Urban Farm, Greg Peterson, about fruit tree growing, management and pruning techniques. This education is meant to plant the seed of inspiration and get people confident and prepared for growing their own trees.
“I have helped plant more than 30,000 fruit trees around the Valley, and I know we have thousands and thousands more to go,” says Peterson.
Peterson will dig in to share planting and growing strategies and selecting fruit tree varieties for success. He pulls on 40 years of experience growing fruit trees in the desert and is committed to sharing strategies that appeal to the lazy gardener as well as the beginning farmers and orchardists.
The Urban Farm is Peterson’s personal home that he uses as a tool to educate people on the best techniques for successfully growing fruit trees in the desert. Once people become familiar with the best fruit trees for their yard and lifestyle, The Urban Farm offers a selection of deciduous (like apples, peaches, apricots, plums, figs, grapes and berries) and citrus trees, including lemons, limes, oranges and more.
At the open house, people will have an opportunity to place their preorders for “Urban Farm Approved” fruit trees which can thrive in this climate. The program offers special early bird and bundle pricing through November 4.
Learning to grow fruit trees is a simple process:
1. Visit UrbanFruitTrees.org to learn about its program.
2. Take a class: prerecorded, online or live.
3. Order your fruit trees by the first Saturday in November for the best pricing.
4. Pick up your trees, soil and planting supplies in January and February.
5. Plant trees using The Urban Farm Fruit Tree Program guidelines.
6. Eat fresh fruit right from your trees.