Edible Backyard Summit
This free 4-day event begins Tuesday, September 15th and continues through Friday, September 18.
Learn how to grow the edible yard of your dreams with our visionary presenters.
Plus, we will be airing classes from our Signature Course Growing Food the Basics for FREE!
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Edible Backyard Summit
Speakers and Schedule


Imagine the pride you’ll feel providing food for your family and sharing the bounty with your friends and neighbors, too. Imagine teaching your kids where their food comes from, and life skills such as patience, perseverance, and hard work. When you attend the Edible Backyard Summit, you’ll be a part of a community of people from around the world that are all on a mission to make their backyards an edible paradise.

You’ll learn how to start your first garden, or maintain your existing garden, with minimal financial investment and actually save money in the long run. You’ll find out how to grow an abundance of food in your yard without any toxic chemicals. You’ll discover how you can truly thrive with a healthy life and get reconnected with your food. You’ll learn how to live a more self-reliant life and feel secure knowing that you have a food supply right in your backyard.

If you haven’t signed up yet, click here to reserve your spot. 

DATES: Daily from 3pm to 5:30pm Pacific – Tuesday, September 15th thru Friday, September 18th. 

LOCATION: Online. Links to attend will be sent to your inbox each day of the summit (after you sign up)

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Speakers at a Glance

Robert Pavlis
Robert Pavlis

Selecting the Right Soil and Fertilizer for Gardens, Raised Beds, and Containers

Sep 15 at 3pm PDT

Clark Furlong

Regenerate Your Soil with Compost Tea

Sep 16 at 3pm PDT

Matt Arthur
Matt Arthur

Bokashi & Anaerobic Composting at Any Scale

Sep 17 at 3pm PDT

Jessica Smith
Jessica Smith

How to Boost Plant Health for a Vibrant Garden

Sep 18 at 3pm PDT

Kari Spencer

Growing Food the Basics:
4 classes

Daily at 4pm PDT
Sept 15-Sept 18

This is online summit!

Each day of the summit, after the guest presentation, we will show a different module of Growing Food the Basics. This is our most in-depth, comprehensive food-growing course for all experience levels, from newbies to experienced growers alike.

Each day a new topic will be covered, including plant timing and placement, sun & shade, building healthy soil, & more.

Main Presenter:
Kari Spencer

Kari is the creator of the comprehensive online course Growing Food the Basics, plus and a daily presence on our Edible Backyard Summit. Each day, she will be presenting a new module of the course for free, plus be online for live Q&As!
Popular local gardening & homesteading speaker, Kari is also the author of the book City Farming: A How-To Guide to Growing Crops and Raising Livestock in Urban Spaces. Both a Master Gardener and a Master Farmer, Kari enjoys sharing her passion for growing and raising food with others. In addition to teaching classes all over the city of Phoenix, she is a talented instructor and curriculum writer in the Urban Farming department at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. Her family operates The Micro Farm Project, a small farm in North Phoenix, where gardens and livestock animals provide her family with fun and food. She loves to experiment with new ways to create a healthier, more self-reliant and sustainable lifestyle, and invites others to join her on the journey.

Your Host:
Farmer Greg Peterson

Farmer Greg is the creator and your main host for the Edible Backyard Summit. You will find him introducing each speaker, plus jumping online for live Q&As daily.
Farmer Greg has been digging his toes into the earth, listening to the plants, and experimenting wih progressive permaculture techniques in his yard for over 40 years. His 1/3-acre home in Phoenix, AZ has been converted into an entirely edible landscape open to the community for tours and classes, and his fruit tree program has resuted in the planting of over 10,000 fruit trees. Greg's mission is to show others that they too can realize the power, joy and deliciousness of urban farming! Greg received his Master's degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from Arizona State University, and has since taught at a trade school and even returned to his alma mater to teach Sustainable Food and Farms. He started UrbanFarm.org to build a community for urban farmers and home gardeners around the world to come for inspiration, education, and advice. His podcast, The Urban Farm Podcast, has been so fun and successful that he has decided to expand his reach to even more people by starting the Edible Backyard Summit.

Your Co-Host:
Janis Norton

Janis is an integral part of The Urban Farm Team and will be co-hosting this summit with Greg. You will find her helping out in between the presentations and assisting in guiding the Q&A's for all our presenters
Janis is the General Manager for The Urban Farm. A large part of her managing duties include the annual Urban Farm Fruit Tree Program (fruit tree education and a pop-up nursery for the Greater Phoenix area) and the GrowPHX Collaborative, both of which give her an outlet for her mad organizational skills. Janis earned her degree in Sustainability from Arizona State University. With a lifetime of focus on community and education, she did not realize how much she could do with the local food system until her Sustainable Food and Farms class. From that point on, she has been an active part of the Urban Farm core team bringing her enthusiasm to all her projects at the Urban Farm.

Daily Schedule

Tuesday, September 15th

3pm PDT: Selecting the Right Soil and Fertilizer for Gardens, Raised Beds and Containers with Robert Pavlis

Did you know that you need different kinds of soil or fertilizer depending on your garden’s needs? Learn how to select the right kind no matter what gardening situation you’re in, and get recommendations for the best kinds.

4pm PDT: Gardening Unearthed: 7 Key Factors to Easily Grow Your Own Healthy, Organic Food with Kari Spencer.  

Learn how to grow fruits, veggies and herbs in your yard or patio so that you can nourish your family with healthy, affordable produce. This class will teach you exactly what you need to do to get started TODAY without backbreaking labor, even if you have little time to spare.

5pm PDT: Live Q&As

Get your pressing garden questions answered LIVE by Kari and Greg.

Wednesday, September 16th

3pm PDT: Regenerate Your Soil with Compost Tea with Clark Furlong

Learn how to make and use compost teas and extracts to regenerate your dead dirt into productive biological soil.

4pm PDT: Right Plant, Right Time, Right Place with Kari Spencer

Create a beautiful landscape that maximizes production and minimizes effort! Learn how to analyse your property to select the best place for your garden, and how to make use of various sectors in your landscape. Discover how including native and adapted plants can make a more productive garden with less work. Finally, explore plant ‘guilds’ and how they support a thriving garden. 

5pm PDT: Live Q&As

Get your pressing garden questions answered LIVE by Kari and Greg.

 

Thursday, September 17th

3pm PDT: Bokashi Composting — Anaerobic Composting at Any Scale with Matt Arthur

Discover an easy, convenient and quick compost method. Since this method doesn’t have any putrid odors, it’s great for home gardeners. Get ready to dig into the mechanics of bokashi composting, its differences with thermophilic aerobic composting, and the advantages of bokashi for soil health.

4pm PDT: Growing Food the Basics: Sun & Shade with Kari Spencer

Learn all the essential things you need to keep in mind when planning and placing your garden! Find out how to position your garden to MAXIMIZE fruit and vegetable yields, which angles of the sun will SUPER-CHARGE veggie production, how and when to apply shade or frost protection.

5pm PDT: Live Q&As

Get your pressing garden questions answered LIVE by Kari and Greg.

Friday, September 18th

3pm PDT: How to Boost Plant Health for a Vibrant Garden with Jessica Smith

Learn how to tell if your plants are healthy, when they are sensitive to stress, nutrition for each crop type, and more. At the end of this class, you’ll have recipes for delicious, robust crops AND your own maintenance program to keep plants happy and healthy.

4pm PDT: Growing Food the Basics: Soil with Kari Spencer

Discover what type of soil you have in your own backyard and how to improve it WITHOUT buying expensive bagged products at the nursery or doing any back-breaking work. Avoid common gardening mistakes that harm soil and plant growth, and what to do to BOOST garden production year after year.

5pm PDT: Live Q&As

Get your pressing garden questions answered LIVE by Kari and Greg.

Additional Speaker Details

Speaker Spotlight:
Jessica Smith

How to Boost Plant Health for a Vibrant Garden
Friday at 3pm PDT
Jessica is a Certified Ecological Farmer and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. With a B.S. in Sustainable Living and Living Soils, she combines her passions to encourage the earth and its inhabitants back into a state of balance and vitality. She teaches regenerative and ecological gardening and farming in hopes to improve soil health, ecosystem health, environmental health, and human health.
Jessica Smith

Speaker Spotlight:
Clark Furlong

Regenerate Your Soil with Compost Tea
Wednesday at 3pm PDT
Clark manages Arizona Worm Farm in Phoenix, Arizona, where he oversees a diverse variety of programs designed to show people how through natural systems what most call garbage can be turned into food. After spending 10 years in the food safety industry Clark moved to growing food on his own farm in the Phoenix area. Now 20 years later, while continuing to stay current and certified in food safety, he has helped to start up and manage farms specializing in aeroponics, aquaponics, wheatgrass, mushrooms, and much more. He is currently a student of Elaine Ingham’s Soil Food Web School where he is specializing in the use of nature to help farmers and gardeners reduce or even eliminate fertilizer and pesticide use through the use of naturally occurring microbes in our environment. Clark is available for questions and consultations. Reach him at clark@crookedcarrot.com and through Arizona Worm Farm, www.arizonawormfarm.com.

Speaker Spotlight:
Matt Arthur

Bokashi Composting --
Anaerobic Composting at Any Scale

Thursday at 3pm PDT
Matt is a second-generation farmer with a focus on soil health, native plants, and integrated pest management. At BLH Farm he grows specialty cut flowers, is working to expand an apiary, and makes over a thousand pounds of bokashi compost a week to feed his farm's soil and the farm's composting worms. In addition to flowers, BLH Farm sells bokashi kits & organic MO-kashi bran for indoor anaerobic composting as well as composting worms & worm towers.
Matt Arthur

Speaker Spotlight:
Robert Pavlis

Selecting the Right Soil and Fertilizer for Gardens, Raised Beds and Containers
Tuesday at 3pm PDT
Robert lives in Southern Ontario, Canada, with a US zone 5 climate and have been gardening for more than 30 years – he stopped counting at 30! Robert is a Master Gardener and speaks about gardening at many local gardening events and horticulture meetings. He contributes the ‘Plant of the Month’ articles for the Ontario Rock Garden & Hardy Plant Society, writes articles for some local newspapers and teaches several courses including a 20-hour Gardening Fundamentals course at the local university and a garden design course through the city.
Robert publishes two weekly blogs called GardenMyths.com and GardenFundamentals.com as well as a YouTube channel called Garden Fundamentals. In addition to Garden Myths he has also published a book called Building Natural Ponds. A few years ago, Robert bought 6 acres of land and has been developing a large private garden called Aspen Grove Gardens. They now have about 3,000 perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees.
Robert Pavlis