Edible Backyards Series

Yes you CAN live in a cold climate and still enjoy homegrown delicious vegetables and fruit.

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If you love the idea of feeding your family fresh homegrown veggies from your garden but you’re just not sure what it takes to make it happen…

If you’re intimidated by the short growing season and don’t quite know where to start…

If you’re staring at the ‘blank slate’ that is your yard and not sure where to put what...

And if you’ve been holding back from starting your garden until you can get it just right....

Then you’re in the right place.

Maybe you've read books, watched videos, and you have big plans and dreams for your yard and garden. Yet the prospect of translating that into a doable plan seems overwhelming.

I get it, it’s hard to know where to start.

You might be feeling overwhelmed with all the things you need to keep in mind. How big should my garden be? Where do I put it? How do I lay it out? Do I need a greenhouse?

And then, because you’re not sure how to even START designing an efficient and productive site…

You get stuck and nothing happens, because what if you waste time and money and it doesn’t work?

And then comes the feeling of frustration that your plans still haven’t happened yet!

And you’re back where you started, with the burning desire to grow more food for your family but not really sure the best way to go about it.


A three-part online self-paced series that will teach you everything you need to know in order to convert your yard into an edible landscape. Learn ways to design a beautiful and bountiful space!

By the end of the series, you’ll have:

  • A LAYOUT of your garden and yard
  • A PLAN for what you’re going to grow and where
  • Composting TIPS and TRICKS for cold climates
  • How to EXTEND YOUR GARDENING SEASON so you can grow more for longer.

The Edible Backyards Series is divided into three Modules:

Module 1: Designing your Edible Landscape

This module will walk you through the steps to designing your backyard space, including getting - questions to get clear on your goals,

  • Guidance on mapping your site
  • My 6 key tips to designing success!

Module 2: Building Healthy Soil

Healthy soil means healthy plants! Having healthy soil is the foundation of your garden. In this module, we’ll cover soil components, hot composting, vermicomposting and other ways in which you build soil on your site.

Module 3: Growing in Your Garden

Now that you have a design on paper and a foundational understanding of soil, we move into actually growing the veggies. This module walks you through the basics of vegetable growing, gives you tips and tricks for cold climate gardens and offers additional ideas for


  • 14 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.

Imagine having a completed yard design and a clear plan for the growing season ahead!

Get ready to:

  • Walk out of your backdoor to do “groceries”
  • Sit down to a delicious and nutritious meal that comes entirely from your garden
  • Cut down on your grocery and watering bills
  • Get healthy by eating from your garden on a daily basis


"We are new to gardening. We learned a lot of great things that would have taken us years to learn if we didn't take this series." - Matt and Ashley Christian

"This series is full of simple, easy, holistic gardening practices that are accessible and digestible. It was encouraging and informative and fun!" - Jen Carruth

"Kareen is a gifted and patient teacher and helped me truly understand how to create a self-sustaining and natural systems type of garden. I learned tons!"- Julie Thorner

As a novice gardener, I feel so much more knowledgeable and confident in creating my first vegetable garden! Thank you! - Jessica Rounds

"Loved the variety of information and the all around depth of knowledge conveyed, especially composting and soil-building techniques!" - Heidi Viers

Don't miss this opportunity to set yourself up for success this growing season!

Your Instructor

Kareen Erbe
Kareen Erbe

Hi, I’m Kareen Erbe.

I’m a cold climate gardener, garden design consultant and owner of Broken Ground. I help people in cold climates grow their own food so they can eat healthier, live more sustainably and be more self-reliant. I’ve taught thousands of people through my workshops, both live and online, and have consulted with aspiring gardeners for almost a decade.

From getting clients started on their first ever garden, to troubleshooting garden pest issues, to working with couples on designing a full-blown self-reliant homestead, I am honored to work with people who want to build their resilience, on a small or large scale.

It’s my mission to get as many people as possible feeding their families safe and healthy food.

I live with my family on a suburban homestead in Bozeman, Montana, USA with large vegetable gardens, a food forest of fruit trees and berry bushes, a greenhouse, a pond and a flock of chickens.

Even with our short and unpredictable growing season, we manage to grow a good portion of our own food.

I always feel grateful for the abundance of our land and the ways in which it gives back to us year after year.

But I didn’t go from zero to producing a lot of our own food overnight. Designing and implementing our site was a multi-phase, multi-year project.

I took a step-by-step approach to the project that made implementation clear, easy, and straightforward. And this is the approach that I share with you in my Edible Backyards Series.

Don't miss out on the chance to create a beautiful backyard ecosystem that will feed you in vegetables, fruit and beauty throughout the growing season!

Get started now!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The Edible Backyards Series 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 have LIFETIME access to the series. Come back to the modules again and again as you implement different aspects of your site.
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 within 90 days and we will give you a full refund.
How much time will this take?
It won’t take months or even weeks to complete this series. Set aside two afternoons and you’ll be ready to go for the spring.
Is this the right time to take this class?
Learning how to grow your own food and become more self-reliant is THE thing to do right now. Plus, if you join now, you’ll have a clear and concrete plan once spring rolls around!
How do I buy the Series?
Click the 'Enroll in Course' button above and you’ll be taken to a secure site where you can enter your credit card information.