Growing Food, the Basics

Where You'll Start to Grow Real Food in Just 7 Weeks!

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Growing Food, the Basics:
7 Key Factors to Easily Grow Your Own Healthy, Organic Food.

Join Kari Spencer to learn how you can grow your own superior fruits, vegetables, greens and herbs, right in your own yard in just a few minutes a day.  The information in this course will elevate the nutritional, physical and financial health of your family, and Kari will take the guesswork out of the process so that you can enjoy success right out of the box! 

Growing Food, The Basics: 7 Keys Factors to Easily Grow Your Own Healthy, Organic Food is based on tried and true gardening principles that really produce! You won't find complicated systems here, or techniques that require you to buy or build special equipment. Instead, you'll discover how to confidently team up with nature to grow wholesome, organic food, as it was always intended.

After this course, you'll be thrilled to discover the pride and satisfaction of growing your own fruits and vegetables, and how simple it really is when you understand basic gardening principles.  No more shelling out your hard earned cash at the grocery store for pricey organic produce…No more wondering if the food that you serve your family is really free of chemicals and GMOs…And no more discouragement with a garden that doesn’t produce -- You'll practically be overwhelmed with the bounty that you can create, even if you only have room to grow on a patio or think you have a black thumb!

Kari Spencer

Homesteader and Urban Farmer Extraordinaire

Kari Spencer

Kari Spencer is a popular local gardening & homesteading speaker. 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.

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What you will learn:

Get your garden growing in 7 weeks with easy action steps. This is an action-oriented program focused on lasting, sustainable results. You're going to start implementing the Action Steps on Day 1, taking simple but extremely impactful steps that will build on each other week by week.

By Class 2, you'll already feel more empowered to design and grow your own garden.

By Class 4, you will have more gardening knowledge than many conventional gardeners using outmoded techniques.   And you will begin to see how the produce of an organic garden can add up to much more value than the amount of time, effort and money that you put into it. 

By Class 7, you'll have the tools and motivation to grow your own food, and you may even have your garden up and growing! You might be on the cusp of your first harvest.  And you will be on your way to producing more delicious fruits, veggies, herbs and greens than you ever thought possible!


Sun & Shade:

Sunlight is free and abundant!  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.


Creating Healthy Soil:

Healthy soil = healthy, robust plants.  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 learn what to do to BOOST garden production year after year.



Get all of your watering questions answered, including how often and how long to water your garden.  Discover the SECRET of watering the soil, and not the plants themselves, and how to know if you are watering enough.  Don’t be fooled by plants that appear to need water, but really don’t!  And apply water at the right time of day to improve your garden’s health and SAVE MONEY on your water bill. 



Understand which plants love cold weather and which thrive in the heat, as well as how temperature and day length affect seed germination, flowering and fruiting.  Identify the IDEAL time to plant, which will maximize your garden potential, and easy ways to extend your growing season.


Seeds & Transplants:

Discover the wonder of the tiny powerhouses called seeds, how to grow and collect them, and the amazing, and OFTEN OVERLOOKED, ways that seeds can improve your garden production over time.



What do plants eat?  Explore the nutritional needs of plants, and what specific nutrients do.  Discover how chemical fertilizers actually hinder plants from getting the nutrition that they need, and how to feed plants using free materials that you probably already have at home.  Identify common nutrient deficiencies and how to remedy them.



Exponentially improve the efficiency and productivity of your garden and eliminate wasted effort by using a few easy planning and preparation techniques.   Discover how to plant ONCE and harvest for years!

Here's what others have to say:

"Kari’s gardening classes taught me everything I needed to know about how to garden…not only the “how” but the “why” of gardening.  Now, I have four garden boxes and lots of buckets - a total of 100 square feet of gardening space. My husband and I harvest something from our garden almost every day. Gardening has revolutionized my life." 

Erin Bradham
Gardening Student, 2014

"I've taken several of Kari’s classes on a variety of garden related subjects. Her classes have been well thought out, organized and offer great information. She’s always enthusiastic about the material and makes sure each student understands the information thoroughly. The class was always encouraged to ask questions as needed and Kari always had a knowledgeable, in-depth answer for us. I enjoyed her classes and felt confident under her instruction."

David Creech
Landscape Designer, CFdesign -Founder,

"We are new to gardening and had a desire to learn about growing food in an urban setting. Kari's class was a wonderful guide! We learned valuable information about soil, sunlight, watering, plot construction, and seed selection. It's obvious that she loves what she does and we are excited about our future as urban farmers!"

Stephanie Kirchheimer
Backyard Gardener

What You Get:

  • Seven online gardening classes
    Prerecorded and always there so you can attend at your leisure.
  • Weekly downloadable content in the Urban Farm U Member Site
    Videos, webinar links, PDFs, plus lists of books and other programs that will enhance your experience and provide next steps. Topics include rainwater & greywater, drip tape/drip systems, frost protection, cool vs. warm season crops, starting seeds vs transplanting, natural pest control, soil pH, protecting your plants from diseases and lots more!
  • Access to the private, member-only Urban Farm Facebook group
    Get your questions answered by gardening experts! Plus, post garden photos, meet fellow urban farmers, and feel supported and inspired by others going through the same journey. 
  • Tons of extra content and resources
    Extra resources to ensure your gardening success, including
    - videos of “instant gardens” that you can emulate in your own yard
    - garden planning resources
    - planting calendars for all locations
    - where to get good seeds
    - container gardening articles
    - and more!

Plus, these FREE bonuses:

  • Bonus Video 1: Right Plant, Right Place, Right Time 
    - Learn how to create a beautiful landscape that maximizes production and minimizes effort
  • Bonus Video 2: Intro to Edible Landscaping
    - Begin your transition from a yard that you can’t eat to one that provides breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Bonus Video 3: Chickens from “Scratch”: Keeping Happy Hens in the City
    - How and why to take your urban farm to the next level by adding chickens

    Plus, many more bonus videos throughout the course!

Learn everything you need to know to be a successful home gardener.