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Edible Backyards Series

Create a backyard ecosystem brimming with fresh vegetables and fruit!

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Eat local, starting in your backyard!

Living in a cold climate doesn't mean you can't enjoy homegrown delicious vegetables and fruit. This three-part class 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!

Leave this series with:

  • An integrated design of your property
  • A comprehensive plan for what you’re going to grow
  • Concrete strategies to improve your soil
  • Practical advice on growing more successfully in a cold climate

The Edible Backyards Series is divided into three Modules:

Module 1: Designing your Edible Landscape

  • Dreaming and Design Goals
  • Mapping your Edible Landscape
  • 6 Key Tips for Designing Success

Module 2: Building Healthy Soil

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

Module 3: Growing in your Garden

  • Vegetable Growing in Cold Climates
  • Season Extension Techniques for Cold Climates
  • Planting Strategies and Plant Communities

Class includes:

  • 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, available for one year from the date of purchase


Here's what people have said about the Edible Backyards Series:

"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." - MC

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

"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!"- JT

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

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

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.


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!

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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 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.