Find What Fits You

Live or Self-Paced Online Gardening Classes

Want a live event where you can ask questions?  We offer:

  • In-depth gardening classes ("Camps")
  • Individual talks
  • Live monthly meet-ups

These are not big webinars where everyone is incognito. They're live online classrooms with a small group of students.

Prefer to go at your own speed? Start a self-paced gardening Masterclass now.

Start a self-paced gardening course now.
Or reserve a spot in a live class.

We have individual talks, live online gardening courses ("Camps")
and self-paced gardening courses ("Masterclasses")

What Students Say

Linda Rankin

5 star rating

“Thanks for holding this Lemon Tree camp. There was so much to take in during this camp I felt like I was drinking out of a fire hose. The E-guide will be a very useful reference.”

“Thanks for holding this Lemon Tree camp. There was so much to take in during this camp I felt like I was drinking out of a fire hose. The E-guide will be a very useful reference.”

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Linda Nicoll

5 star rating

“I really enjoyed the 2 night sessions and learned a ton. Both instructors were so knowledgeable and engaging and worked well together. I have neighbours and friends who have lemon trees and no one seems to get fruit so I didn't want to go into thi...”

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“I really enjoyed the 2 night sessions and learned a ton. Both instructors were so knowledgeable and engaging and worked well together. I have neighbours and friends who have lemon trees and no one seems to get fruit so I didn't want to go into this blindly and go down the same path. I have to admit that as a parent, June is a very busy month with graduation planning, concerts, awards night...all post Covid...so I could only listen and take good mental notes and I appreciated this being an option Looking forward to following up in coming months with questions...as I believe this is possible in the online community. I was given a Meyer Lemon plant from a friend and I purchased a Lisbon one. Exciting times ahead! - Linda (Victoria, BC)”

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Laurie Perek

5 star rating

“This course gave so many ideas on what is possible to grow in containers. Steve made container gardening look easy. He showed us how to make and water containers with materials we already have lying around the house. What I've always loved about S...”

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“This course gave so many ideas on what is possible to grow in containers. Steve made container gardening look easy. He showed us how to make and water containers with materials we already have lying around the house. What I've always loved about Steve's classes is he gives a lot of examples. We are shown many ways we can grow things to suit our lifestyles and skillsets. I find it very inspiring. I can't wait for the snow to melt so I can place a bunch of self-watering pots (and a straw bale or two) on my driveway. ”

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Jeannie Irvin

5 star rating

“The Camp was so well done and so useful! Emma is articulate, engaging, bright and very knowledgeable, while being down to earth and clear about when she is not familiar with a topic- NO BS! It was so enlightening to learn about how tomato variet...”

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“The Camp was so well done and so useful! Emma is articulate, engaging, bright and very knowledgeable, while being down to earth and clear about when she is not familiar with a topic- NO BS! It was so enlightening to learn about how tomato varieties can be grouped according to particular properties and qualities, with good advice re: how to choose varieties appropriate to your gardening situation. Can hardly wait to order seeds and to participate in the Tomato Growing course.”

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Susan Marcquenski

5 star rating

“Thank you so much for putting this course together! Information was clearly presented and the follow up questions by the live participants were very helpful, too. Thanks for giving people that opportunity, and sharing the answers with all of us!”

“Thank you so much for putting this course together! Information was clearly presented and the follow up questions by the live participants were very helpful, too. Thanks for giving people that opportunity, and sharing the answers with all of us!”

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Tina Dale

5 star rating

“Thoroughly enjoyed the Camp! So many questions were answered & so many more what ifs popped up! What an awesome venue for learning and your willingness to share your expertise was so appreciated! Thank you Steve & Steven!”

“Thoroughly enjoyed the Camp! So many questions were answered & so many more what ifs popped up! What an awesome venue for learning and your willingness to share your expertise was so appreciated! Thank you Steve & Steven!”

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Questions about our online gardening courses?

I’m Steven Biggs, the host of these events. I'm a horticulturist, college instructor, and an award-winning broadcaster and author.

My articles have appeared in Fine Gardening, Garden Making, Country Guide, and other magazines. As well as a horticulturist, I’m an avid home gardener—and I LOVE food. I’ve been teaching people to successfully grow food for the past two decades.

There’s no big production company behind my courses. It’s me, and sometimes my horticultural colleagues join me in teaching.

We all love food gardening—and we aim to make the world a better place, one food garden at a time. Gardens are a powerful way to nourish family, friendships, community, and a healthy lifestyle.

That’s why I run these fun, plain-English talks and events that help people have fun and be creative and successful with gardens and food.

Recent Live Events

If you want to know when we run these live camps again, hop on our list below!

Interested in Upcoming Events?

We announce new events in the Food Garden Life Newsletter.

FAQ

  • How do the self-paced virtual masterclasses work?

    Masterclasses include video tutorials, online resources, and interviews. You can access the content as many times as you like.

  • How do the live “camps” work?

    The live events take place using Zoom. They have a mix of formal instruction, discussion, and time for questions.

    Turn on your video – or leave it off. It’s up to you.

    It's called "camp" because there's lots of time to ask questions. It not just an online lecture.

  • Are the live camps recorded?

    The live camps are recorded. You have unlimited access to the recordings. We load up other resources for you too.

    If something comes up at the last minute and you can't make it to camp, you can still get all the information afterwards.

  • How do I access a live virtual camp?

    Live camp meetings take place on Zoom.

    Once you enrol in the camp, you receive the link to the Zoome meetings.

  • What if I have questions?

    If you’re attending a live “camp” you can ask your question during camp.

    You can also just e-mail your instructor, whether for a camp or a self-paced masterclass.

  • What currency are prices in?

    Prices are in CAD.

  • What if this isn't for me?

    There’s no risk.

    If you feel a masterclass isn’t for you, we’ll give you a full refund within 30 days of purchasing it. No questions asked.

    If you decide a live camp isn't for you after you attend the first gathering, we'll give you your money back. No questions asked.

  • Who is this not for?

    If you prefer staid classes, this isn't for you. And if you don't like Canadian accents, this definitely isn't for you.

Instructors

Steven Biggs

Steven Biggs was recognized by Garden Making magazine as one of the “green gang” making a difference in horticulture. His Toronto yard includes a driveway straw-bale garden, rooftop kitchen garden, wicking beds, an edible-themed front yard, and fruit plantings. He works as a horticulturist, college instructor, broadcaster, and author.

Steven Biggs

Creator, Food Garden Life Media

Donna Balzer

Horticulturist, podcaster, and award-winning TV host Donna Balzer started with a degree in Agriculture and specialty in Horticulture, but is now focused on growing and cooking food and teaching others to do the same. She loves getting her hands dirty. She grows food year-round in her Calgary yard and greenhouse, both of which she packs full of as many food plants as possible.

Donna Balzer

Horticulturist, Speaker, Author

Emma Biggs

Emma Biggs is a 17-year-old who loves growing (and eating) tomatoes. Along with managing a tomato crop at a Toronto urban farm for several years, she grows 100+ tomato varieties in her own garden, and interviews tomato experts on The Food Garden Life Show. She speaks about tomatoes and vegetable gardening at gardening events, and is the author of the book 'Gardening with Emma.'

Emma Biggs

Podcaster, Author, Speaker

Dave Hanson

Dave Hanson is a gardening columnist for CBC Radio Manitoba, Educator, co-host of the Grow Guide podcast, and owner of Sage Garden Greenhouses in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His specialties include herbs, edible gardening, and sustainability.

Dave Hanson

Broadcaster and Edible Garden Expert

Steve Maxwell

Steve Maxwell lives on a 90-acre modern homestead on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, in a stone house he built. He's a well-known columnist and expert in home-improvement and do-it-yourself projects, including cold cellars, smokers, and food dryers. He is the author of The Complete Root Cellar Book: Building Plans, Uses and 100 Recipes.

Steve Maxwell

Author and Self-Reliance Expert