[permaculture] September Urban Farm Schedule - Tours, Classes and Other Cool Things

Greg FarmerGreg at UrbanFarm.org
Fri Aug 26 13:20:35 EDT 2005

Hey all,

It is not too late to get your mesquite beans picked.  There are 
plenty of trees that I have noticed lately that are still full of 
beans.  Get them picked, dried and stored for the milling on November 
5.  Also prickly pears are ripe.  They make great marinades, jams and 

Fall is approaching quickly and we are preparing the garden beds at 
The Urban Farm for planting.  In the next two weeks we will be 
planting directly in the ground:  root crops - carrots, beets and 
parsnips; greens - chard, arugula and spinach; and brassicas - 
cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower.  You can also start inside from 
seed tomatoes and peppers for transplanting in a few weeks.  When the 
nighttime temps cool off in October most of the more delicate 
lettuces and green can be planted.

***Greg's Gardening Secret.  Plant your snow peas in the next 30 
days.  They are a longer season crop and won't produce much before it 
cools off, they are very frost tolerant and will be well established 
so that when it warms up in February they take off.  You will have 
more snow peas than you know what to do with.

Now for our jam packed schedule.

Curator, The Urban Farm

September 3 - First Saturday tour of Beth Hoffmann's Straw Bale House in Tempe.
September 10 - Organic Gardening class at the Calico Cow on Central
September 17 - Fruit Trees in the Desert at the Urban Farm taught by 
Greg Peterson.
September 23 & 24 - Scottsdale Green Building Expo
September 27 - Roof Rat Informational Meeting
October 1 & 2 - The First Weekend of the Phoenix Permaculture Design Course
October 1 - Urban Farm Tour
November 5 - The First Annual Phoenix Mesquite Bean Milling

September 3 - The Urban Farm First Saturday Tour will be at Beth 
Hoffmann's Straw Bale House in Tempe.

We are expanding our first Saturday tours to include other 
interesting sustainability sites and events throughout the valley. 
This months tour will be at Beth Hoffmann's 1200 square foot straw 
bale house in Tempe.  Designed with passive solar power and a 
Southern exposure the average monthly heating and cooling costs are 
less than the price of a pair of movie tickets.

Date:  Saturday, September 3 from 8:30 am - 10 am
Donation: $5 donation requested.
Location: Beth Hoffmann, 1430 S. Roosevelt St., Tempe.  Meet In Tempe
Phone: 480-736-2912
Email:  benvirons at aol.com
Directions:  The address is on the West side of Roosevelt St between 
14th and 15th Streets.  Beth says there is a speed bump just north of 
the address which is marked by 5 mailboxes, turn west down the 
driveway, her site is the last lot.  Park along the Block wall.  If 
alley is full, please park on a side street.


September 10 - Organic Gardening class at the Calico Cow on Central

We will be hosting our biannual Organic Gardening class at the Calico 
Cow on Central.  This is a casual class about gardening in a desert 
environment.  We will cover planting methods, schedules, what grows 
and how to grow it.  We will also be cleaning up, fertilizing and 
planting the garden at the Calico Cow on Central.

Date:  Saturday, September 10
Time:	8:30 am - Noon
Donation: $10 donation requested.
Location: Calico Cow Central,  8525 N Central Ave., Phoenix, 85020
Directions: Half way between Northern and Dunlap at the canal, South side.
Phone: 602-565-7045 for more information


September 20 - Fruit Trees in the Desert at the Urban Farm taught by 
Greg Peterson.

Learn what fruit trees to plant, what grows well and what doesn't in 
the desert, the single most important thing you need to know before 
you buy a fruit tree and more.  We will cover apples, pears, stone, 
citrus, and specialty fruits.  Come and check out growing fruit 
trees, get your questions answered and buy a fruit tree, at this 
class and later this year, at the Third-annual 'Buy a Fruit Tree Day' 
at the Urban Farm for  delivery in January.

Date:  Saturday, September 20
Time: 6:30 pm - 8 pm
Donation: $8 donation requested.  There will be plenty of
Location: Unlimited Coffee, 741 E Glendale, Phoenix 85020
Directions: Glendale and 8th Street - Directly Across From Safeway
Phone: 602-565-7045


September 23 & 24 - Scottsdale Green Building Expo - The Phx 
Permaculture Guild will have a small booth and Don and I will be 


Friday, September 23, 2005
Saturday, September 24, 2005

Friday - 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday - 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Location:  Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts,
7380 E 2nd Street - in downtown Scottsdale 

Interested in learning how to live and build in a way  that is 
sensitive to the desert?  Then mark your calendar for the eighth 
annual green building expo.  Attendees will be treated to an 
impressive roster of vendors (more  than 70), products, 
presentations, and demonstrations.


September 27 - Roof Rat Informational Meeting given by Barry Paceley 
at http://www.roofrat.net/

Everything and anything you ever wanted to know about roof rats. 
Their yucky, but not as bad as we think.  Here is what you can do to 
protect you property.

Date:  September 27
Time:  6:30 pm
Donation:  Free
Location:  Our Saviors Lutheran Church - North East Corder 12th 
Street and Glendale
Phone:  602-565-7045


October 1 & 2 - The First Weekend of the Phoenix Permaculture Design Course
More information... http://www.permaculture.net/phxguild

***ATTENTION***  Please note my new email address.  FarmerGreg at UrbanFarm.org

The Urban Farm
Growing good food
Having fun gardening
Connecting with nature

Greg Peterson

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