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Building Healthy Soil

Learn how to create healthy soil for your garden!

Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants, Healthy People

Your soil is the foundation of your garden. Learn how to create a healthy soil teaming with living microorganisms through composting, compost teas, vermicomposting, and much more. This class will teach you how to cycle nutrients on your property, enhance natural systems and improve your soil so that you can have a healthy and productive garden this spring!

This is Module 2 of the Edible Backyards Series and can be taken independently. This Module covers:

  • What is Soil
  • Composting
  • Vermicomposting
  • Compost Teas
  • More Soil-building Strategies

Leave this class with:

  • Concrete strategies to improve your soil
  • An in-depth understanding of composting and vermicomposting
  • A list of fertility and biomass plants that you are going to grow

Class includes:

  • 7 training videos that cover the course topics
  • Worksheets to reinforce the material and activities to make it specific to your site.
  • A private forum to get your questions answered, available for one year after date of purchase


Your Instructor


Kareen Erbe
Kareen Erbe

Kareen has been gardening in cold climates for more than a decade. She lives with her family on a 3/4 acre homestead in Bozeman, Montana with large annual gardens, a small greenhouse, an orchard of fruit trees and berry bushes, and beehives, along with chickens and ducks. Through her business, Broken Ground, she teaches local residents how to grow their own food while creating community around gardening.

She is also an experienced permaculture practitioner, having studied with renowned designer Geoff Lawton, at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia. She has specific training in earthworks, composting methods, soil biology, and urban permaculture design. Kareen has earned Master Gardener and Master Composter Certifications, is trained in Ecology Action's Grow Biointensive methods, and contributed to the Food Forest Design Charrette for Helena's 6th Ward Garden Park, with author, teacher and designer, Dave Jacke.

She has also worked as a consultant for the sustainability organization, GoodtoChina, in Shanghai, China, and has worked on numerous organic farms in Australia, New Zealand, Western Massachusetts and Montana. Kareen is a regular contributor to Rocky Mountain Gardening Magazine and was featured in The New Pioneer.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
Building Healthy Soil is designed to be a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
Once enrolled, you will have access to the series for a full year from the date of purchase.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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