Become a member of Backyard Abundance and join a vibrant and engaged gardening community that learns from one another.

Through these membership benefits, you will connect with like-minded individuals and learn how to increase the health of landscapes:

  • Discounts on products and classes
  • Member-only field trips and gatherings
  • Publications and landscape designs
  • Free Skill Share events

Purchase your membership at the Backyard Abundance Storefront.


Receive discounts on select products and classes. Each product or class will be identified with the member-only discount.

Field Trips and Social Events

Share food, conversation, seeds, and plants through member-only gatherings that nourish our bodies and souls.

Events can be landscape tours, potlucks, presentations, landscape design sessions, campouts, storytellings, hikes, or any other informal event that people wish to host.


Sample HandoutGain online access to our researched publications. From step-by-step instructions for designing your landscape to creating an indoor worm bin, these exclusive resources will help you increase the health of your landscape.

Available Publications

  • Permaculture Resources
  • Scale of Permanence
  • Landscape Analysis Resources
  • Permaculture Principles
  • Steps to Design and Environmentally Healthy Landscape
  • Design Strategy
  • Edible Landscaping Plans (view)
  • Pollinator Gardens
  • Ever-Blooming Gardens
  • Deer-Resistant Gardens
  • Healing Gardens
  • Desired Species Notes
  • Designing Plant Guilds
  • Establishing Ground Covers
  • Plant Guild Species Form
  • Implementation Plan
  • Create a New Garden Bed (view)
  • Create an Indoor Worm Bin

Landscape Designs

Landscape Design SampleGain online access to high-resolution landscape design projects complete with analysis notes, concept designs, and the exact placement of every plant. The design patterns can be used to stimulate ideas for designing your yard and the researched plant communities and plant lists will help you put the right plants in the right places.

Available Designs

  • Family Edible Landscape (view low-resolution sample)
  • Acreage of Meandering Beauty
  • Orchard and Vineyard Homestead
  • Rural Food Forest
  • Shady and Diverse Backyard
  • Coe College Permaculture Garden
  • Urban Edibles and Natives

Skill Shares

All Skill Share events are free to members. Skill Sharing unleashes the creativity in our community by bringing us together to observe experiences, see what works, and try things ourselves.

Learn more about Skill Shares

One-Year Membership Pricing

  • $30: Limited Income Individual
  • $75: Individual
  • $120: Household

Send payment to:
Backyard Abundance
P.O. Box 1605
Iowa City, IA 52244

You can also visit the online storefront to purchase your membership.

Purchase membership from the storefront

Work-Trade Membership
Free membership is available to committed volunteers who are willing to donate at least 5 hours of service to Backyard Abundance tasks. See our list of volunteer opportunities and contact us if you are interested.

Corporate Membership
Please contact us if your company is interested in becoming a corporate member. We can tailor educational events for your employees to help meet the goals of your green initiatives.

Member-Only Events