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Dustin Ridley
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  • Peoria, AZ
  • United States

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About Me:
I'm a Virtual Construction Designer/3D Visualization Rendering Artist/BIM Coordinator by trade; however, my passion is for the garden and nature. When I am not at work, I'm in the garden. And when I'm not in the garden, I'm working hard to develop my vision of a professional company that focuses entirely on bringing natural vegetable gardening to our homes, to the community, and to those in need.

My grandparents often babysat me as a young child when my parents went to work. At my grandparents home, acres of farmland and gardening was all around me and the only activities I seemed to be interested as a young boy revolved around my friends, insects, and technology. Five years ago though, I had suddenly realized that a seed was planted in my young mind back then. I truly believe that by being exposed to farming as a young child, even though I was not particularly interested at that time, my grandparents had effectively planted a seed for the love of nature and gardening that would sprout later on in life. And I thank them for that as the thirst for knowledge continues to grow as well as my desire to inspire my friends and family.

My ultimate interest here is to connect with and support fellow gardeners and to learn from others as well as sharing any knowledge that I can offer from my experience--and of course, to support the VPA.

Feel free to visit and follow my Gardening pages. :)


Sustainability Pre-Planning & Short/Long Term Goals
Seed Selection & Strains
Seed Trading
Composting & Soil Building
Managing the Garden
Cross Pollination & Hybrids
Vegetable Plant Breeding
Plant Disease Detection, Prevention, & Care
Natural Insect Management
Proper Methods of Seed Collection & Storage
Vegetable Edibility & Preservation
Poisonous & Injurious Plant Identification
Yield vs. Space vs. Edibility Planning
Awareness of Political & Government Influence
Awareness of Corporate Influence
Educating The Youth
Health Benefits of the Garden
Water & Soil Considerations for Plant Health & Personal Safety
Spreading the Word & Enthusiasm
Ethical Considerations for Non-Gardeners
Animal Husbandry
Medicinal Applications

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At 1:49pm on February 14, 2014, charlie carr said…

Hello Dustin,

I take them to my bee yard with the others to make pollen and honey over the next few months.   thanks for looking

At 4:54pm on November 29, 2012, Volunteer Manager said…

Hey Dustin, 

Welcome to the VPA! 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the VPA when signing-up to become an on-line member.  We are hosting a Volunteer Orientation at the VPA Office on Thursday, January 24th at 6:30pm-8:00pm.  Please RSVP here.  I also encourage you to join the “Volunteer” Group to stay alerted of all the volunteer opportunities we have available.  You, the Volunteer, make it possible for the VPA to accomplish our mission of inspiring sustainable urban living in the desert southwest.

Best Regards,

Kat Farris

Volunteer Coordinator


At 8:47am on November 29, 2012, Lucy A Lieberman said…

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 a 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.

Make sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!


Welcome to the VPA!

Lucy Lieberman

Community Outreach Coordinator


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