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Troy Groves
  • 45, Male
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • United States
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Introduction to Permaculture with Greg Peterson and Don Titmus
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I saw this class listed over on the Urban Garden calendar and wanted to help make sure people here knew about this. It should be a very…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by don titmus Feb 17, 2014.

Tucson Food Bank Helps The Needy Grow Their Own Food : NPR
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I thought this report might be worth sharing for those who missed it. …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by bryanwhitebeyondthekitchengarden Jul 29, 2013.

Beat the Heat with an Arizona History Adventure!

Feeding the FrontierAn Agrarian SocietyThe Sharlot Hall Museum is excited to announce the first living history program of the 2013 season, “An Agrarian Society”. This is a kick off to The Arizona…Continue

Tags: AZ, Prescott

Started Apr 30, 2013

Bees moving in, need them to move on
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Hello,    It appears that I have a swarm of bees moving into the garage wall next to my garden where there was a gap between the stucco and a plumbing pipe. While I really like having…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by MaryMcP Apr 10, 2013.

 

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Troy Groves replied to Jennifer Wadsworth's discussion Become a Water Harvesting Steward - 25 Hr class for $25 - 6 spots left!
"I tried to sign up but couldn't get past thee Paypal screens."
Apr 8, 2014
Troy Groves replied to Kyley Komschlies's discussion Permie Hangout
"I had a great time at this Permie Hangout. It was great getting to meet people and observe a little more of the permiculture community here in the valley.It has been suggested that a good option for our next one could be to have a meeting to share…"
Mar 3, 2014
Troy Groves replied to Jennifer Wadsworth's discussion The Repurposed Pallet "Bed Swing"
"Makes sense, hammocks can be somewhat tricky. "
Mar 3, 2014
Troy Groves replied to SJPitts's discussion When will it be too late to plant citrus?
"Sounds like I need to get hurry with planting Citrus. I've got two potted lemons of unknown variety or origin that were recently given to me and open irrigated spots for another half dozen citrus trees. Looks like RSI isn't far from me so…"
Mar 3, 2014
Troy Groves replied to Jennifer Wadsworth's discussion The Repurposed Pallet "Bed Swing"
"That is pretty cool. Don't know if it would be more comfortable than an old fashioned Hammock though..."
Mar 3, 2014
Troy Groves replied to Lauren's discussion I'd like to start a campaign but I don't know who to contact...
"It looks like Scottsdale is offering a pruning class this week. http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Water/Conservation/workshops"
Mar 3, 2014
don titmus replied to Troy Groves's discussion Introduction to Permaculture with Greg Peterson and Don Titmus
"Thanks Troy, Two folks joined us and got our total attention, while we ate together and shared Permie ideas. I have a tour of the Bee Oasis Saturday 22nd starting at 9am."
Feb 17, 2014
Troy Groves replied to Jennifer Wadsworth's discussion Understanding Pattern with.....Sand?
"Afraid not, mostly it has been me out walking whenever it rains paint close attention to the washes and how water is flowing across my property and observing the way sediment is built up and erosion is occurring. I'm still observing and each…"
Feb 14, 2014
Troy Groves replied to Jennifer Wadsworth's discussion Understanding Pattern with.....Sand?
"I like your example and the explanation of it being cyclical in time. Using shade in conjunction with the seasons is something I am trying to do as well. Lately I am paying more and more attention to the patterns that water creates on my property as…"
Feb 13, 2014
Troy Groves replied to Jennifer Wadsworth's discussion Understanding Pattern with.....Sand?
"Jennifer, This is very Cool! Just this morning I was admiring NASA's photos of the Hexagonal vortex on Saturn. http://www.livescience.com/43070-saturn-hexagon-vortex-nasa-cassini-photo.htmlBut then I'm partial to Hexagons it seems....…"
Feb 13, 2014
Troy Groves posted a discussion

Introduction to Permaculture with Greg Peterson and Don Titmus

I saw this class listed over on the Urban Garden calendar and wanted to help make sure people here knew about this. It should be a very interesting opportunity to learn more about Permaculture from this Valley Permaculture veterans.Introduction to PermacultureFrom February 13, 2014 6:30 pm until February 13, 2014 8:00 pmAt …See More
Feb 13, 2014
Troy Groves replied to Class Coordinator's discussion Arizona Authors giving free talks on water-saving landscapes
"Love these opportunities!Brad Lancaster will also be giving a free talk at Chandler-Gilbert Community College on Feb 12th from 11:15-1:00.http://www.harvestingrainwater.com/events/"
Feb 5, 2014
Troy Groves replied to Powell Gammill's discussion DWR Cuts Allocations To Organizations Buying Water From The State
"Dire circumstances it seems. While we may not yet be rationing water here, undoubtedly this will also affect the prices of produce that comes from California.  Indeed a good reminder for us here to review our own water use and improve our…"
Jan 31, 2014
Troy Groves replied to Class Coordinator's discussion Free permie design course handbook online
"Here are a few Bookmarks I have.Collection of  PDF Books http://library.uniteddiversity.coop/ 1995 Permaculture Design Course With Bill Mollison Videoshttp://www.networkearth.org/perma/culture.html#PermacultureAudio of  a Bill…"
Jan 15, 2014
Troy Groves replied to Victoria Jordan's discussion Shorn wool as mulch??
"My grandmother used to compost the hair from a salon next door to her house, said it was one of her secrets to such a productive garden. I slso knew a lady who groomed poodles and butied the hair in her gsrden. A few years ago I was researching more…"
Jan 7, 2014
Troy Groves replied to Catherine, The Herb Lady's discussion February Planting Tips
"Thank you again for you in sights and willingness to share. Always an inspiration."
Jan 7, 2014

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About Me:
Born in Flagstaff, but lived all over the country. Laid off in 2010 after years of climbing the corporate ladder at University of Phoenix, where I last served as Media and Communications director for University Services. Now I'm a semi-retired historian, aspiring author, landlord, hobby farmer, letterpress printer, VPA Ambassedor, yoga enthusiast. Prior serious gardening effort was in Hilo, HI in the 1990s when I was teaching school, a considerably different environment than here.

Have been working at developing my gardens for a few years now with a little over 1/8 acre in cultivation with 2.5 additional acres of garden in development.

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Video Interview with me.

A friend spent a couple hours filming and interviewing me about my garden for a school project at NAU. This is the final video she put together from the footage. 

http://vimeo.com/51295109

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 11:27am — 9 Comments

New Garden Facebook Page

I've decided to start sharing my garden story more publicly via Facebook. You can find it at http://www.facebook.com/CarfreeDesertGardener 

The purpose is mainly to chronicle the history as I work to develop this garden just north of Phoenix.

Posted on September 17, 2012 at 6:01pm

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At 5:30am on April 29, 2012, Kelly Guerin said…

Hi Troy!! Yes- I'm in Anthem... Land of the HOA.... I will be gardening on my uncles land off 23rd ave (I believe that's the street) in what is tech considered New River but truly its Desert Hills... Yes- lets keep up! It's cool to find people who garden in your immediate area, as you would think what works for you might work for me too :) Have a great one!

At 9:27pm on May 6, 2011, Jane Doyle said…
Hi Troy, I'm glad you've decided to check out the Valley Permaculture Alliance; I do think this is a great place to learn about simplifying your life, as you say. Please take a moment to read our welcome letter, and welcome to the VPA!

Thank you for choosing to join the Valley Permaculture Alliance, a local 501C3 non-profit education organization that offers classes, training, activities, tours, events and demonstrations on various aspects of sustainable living around the Greater Phoenix Valley. You can read more about the VPA on the ‘About Us’ page, sign up for our newsletter,  and explore the many groups and resources this Ning “social networking site” has to offer, as well as customize your own Profile Page and connect with new like-minded friends. 

You’re encouraged to browse the discussions, blogs, videos, comments to get a feel for our incredibly resourceful community, and to share your interests as well. There are many volunteer opportunities to assist with classes and events, so please let me know if you are interested in helping out when available. 

We offer a variety of classes to our members on requested fee basis ($15 or more) that goes toward venue hard-costs, also to our experienced and knowledgeable instructors, as well as to support the non-profit in providing quality education for improving our health, our communities and environment. See what classes you may be interested in attending by clicking our events tab, and feel free to contact us with any questions.

Enjoy!

Jane Doyle

VPA Program Coordinator.

 
 
 

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