image004Wouldn’t it be nice to step outside your door to harvest what you need for dinner? And wouldn’t it be even better if that food could grow with minimal effort?

Iowa City-based Backyard Abundance is offering a series of classes that show you really can have it both ways. Read more from Backyard Abundance Director, Fred Meyer:

IOWA CITY – During four classes, Backyard Abundance will explore ways residents can create beautiful, edible yards that are low-maintenance and benefit our environment.

The classes take place on Sundays from Sept. 29 to Oct. 20, 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, at the residence of Virginia Melroy, 1512 N. Dubuque Rd., Iowa City.

The class fee is on a sliding scale of $90 to $150. Pre-registration is required at the Backyard Abundance website,, or by calling 319-325-6810.

Through these fun-filled, hands-on classes, participants of any gardening level will collaborate on the design of a medium-sized urban landscape. The goal will be to grow as much perennial food as possible with very few long-term time and energy inputs.

The outcome will be a completed “foodscape” design and implementation plan that can be used as a template for any yard. Informational handouts and the final design will be available to all participants.

Participants will see two completed edible landscapes through field trips.

For more information visit or call 319-325-6810.


 Backyard Abundance is an Iowa City-based nonprofit that helps build vibrant communities by creating beautiful, resilient landscapes that provide healthy food and habitat.