Peter grew up in the 1950’s in a small Ohio town. His grandmother, the neighbors and just about everybody else in town had vegetable and flower gardens. One of his first memories is transforming his next-door neighbor’s tomato patch into a “castle” for all the kids.
When his family moved to Laguna Beach, California, their garden featured avocado, tangerine and grapefruit trees, a large, year-round vegetable garden, a bamboo forest, and abundant flowers.
In his early twenties Peter distributed alfalfa sprouts up and down the West Coast. In the mid-70’s he grew vegetables in a large garden at a Buddhist community in Mendocino County, California.
When Peter moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1977, he was initially intimidated by the wild climate and challenging soils of the area. After some trial (and much error), he got the hang of it, and gardened for many years at the Boulder Community Garden on Hawthorn Avenue in North Boulder.
After serving for ten years as the director for international education at Naropa University in Boulder, Peter started Oxford Gardens in 2007.