Backyard Abundance


Helping you and our community understand how landscapes can reflect deeply held environmental beliefs and values.
Experiential events that demonstrate how to design, manage and implement environmentally-beneficial landscapes.
Ecological designs for residences, businesses, schools, and acreages that provide habitat, grow food, and manage rain water.



Backyard Abundance is a nonprofit that helps people create beautiful, environmentally-beneficial landscapes that provide healthy food and habitat.

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Join a vibrant and engaged gardening community that learns from one another and receive these benefits:

  • Discounts on products and classes
  • Access to publications and landscape designs
  • Implementation assistance

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Backyard Chats Blog

Nicole introduces herself and the Sprouting Forth blog.

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Reflecting on the first community visioning meeting and plans for the edible forest at Wetherby Park.

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 We can take actions today that will be appreciated tomorrow.

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Wetherby Park Edible Forest
Learn about Iowa City's public food forest.
Visit the Wetherby Edible Forest

Edible Agroforestry
Edible Agroforestry Design Templates
Examples of edible agroforestry practices: shady forest, windbreak, homestead orchard and more.
View Edible Agroforestry Designs (pdf)


Upcoming Events

Growing Together: Bean Teepee
5/30/2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Plant Iowa Natives
5/30/2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Herb Class: Basic Harvesting and Use
5/30/2015 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Introduction to Natural Burials
6/2/2015 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Edible Outdoors: Bow & Fly Fishing
6/6/2015 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Pollinator Conference
6/10/2015 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Green Drinks
6/11/2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Sporting Clay Fundraiser
6/13/2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Farmacy Yard Tour
6/13/2015 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Draco Hill Tour
6/14/2015 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Herb Class: Infusions and Tinctures
6/27/2015 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Mud Day