Food-Gardening Inspiration

Edible landscape? Intensive veggie plot? Balcony garden?

Grow a food garden that suits your needs and your style. With Food Garden Gang Season Tickets, you'll have inspiration, ideas, and practical tips you can use next year.

Gardening Season Tickets!

Season tickets aren't only for sports fans or symphony goers.

Enjoy a series of live virtual presentations and interactive meet-ups all about growing food in home gardens.

Treat yourself to gardening season tickets! For new and intermediate level gardeners.

  • Get Practical Ideas

    Practical approaches to home food gardening from horticulture industry veterans who are also avid home gardeners.

  • Interactive

    If videos make you yawn, the live, virtual presentations are much more engaging. And the meet-ups give you the chance to talk about your yard.

  • The Goal

    Unlike a course with assignments or exams, this is a series of inspiring talks and meet-ups with the simple goal of helping you plan an abundant food garden.


Presented by horticulturists Donna Balzer and Steven Biggs

Season Tickets Include:

Inspiration and Knowledge!

  • Live Monthly Presentations
    Live monthly virtual presentations, followed by lively Q+A sessions.

  • Live Monthly Meet-Ups
    Live monthly meet-ups focused on season ticket holders, where we hash out the opportunities and challenges of your space.

  • E-mail support
    Have questions? Just e-mail your instructors.


Talks at a Glance

Choose a custom bundle or the full season

  • October 2023
    Feed Your Creativity: Fantastic Food-Garden Tour

  • November 2023
    Gardening Beyond the Box: Garden Design and Planning

  • December 2023
    Give Me the Goods: Making the Most of Your Growing Conditions

  • January 2024
    Seed Smarts: Seed Shopping and Seed-Starting

  • February 2024
    Suck it Squirrels! No-Fuss Fruit for Home Gardens

  • March 2024
    No Space, No Problem: Edible Crops for Containers and Small Spaces

  • April 2024
    Ace Your Space: Plan and Plant to Fit Your Situation

  • May 2024
    Keep Your Blood Pressure in Check: Common Sense Solutions to Garden Challenges

  • June 2024
    You Ain’t Done Yet: Grow a Succession of edibles

Time and Dates

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. ET


October 19 October 26
November 9 November 23
December 7 December 14
January 11 January 18
February 8 February 22
March 14 March 28
April 11 April 25
May 9 May 16
June 6 June 13

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Really Enjoyable Online Classes

Here's What Former Students Say

“Another great experience! You did an outstanding job with content and information, slides and pictures, and your enthusiasm.”

“It's amazing how much information was shared. Loved every minute of it and can't wait to put some of this into practice.”

“That was fun and so well done!”

“This course gave so many ideas on what is possible. Steve made gardening look easy.”

“Your class was a blast!”

“Thanks for a great class! It reinforced some existing ideas and stirred some new ones.”

Invest in Your Garden

While Enjoying a "Night Out"

A healthy garden can grow lots of food for you, your friends, and your neighbours. We'll help grow your gardening confidence—and know when you can challenge the rules!

What if I Can't Make it?

We Have You Covered!

The presentations and meet-ups are recorded. You can enjoy them when it fits your schedule.

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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.

The Inspiration for Season Tickets

I ditched the exams when I taught college gardening courses. Instead, I got students to take what we discussed during the course and use the ideas to create their own garden plans.

A garden's a bit intimidating for many people. But it's a first step in taking action, in making a great garden. I think that's far more powerful than memorizing.

I heard again and again from my students that this way of learning gardening was the single most helpful thing they had done.

Seeing my students plan their own gardens—gardens with plants and designs they love, and making choices to suit their growing conditions—inspired this mix of presentations and meet-ups where, if you want, you can be in the hot seat and talk about your garden. 

My season ticket holders aren't expected to make a plan. I won't put you on the spot. But if you do want to make a plan, we'd love to talk about it in the meet-ups!


  • How long are the presentations and meet-ups?

    They run from 7 – 8:30 p.m. ET, on two separate Thursday evenings each month. (See the dates below.)

  • What if it’s not the right fit for me?

    If after you attend the first presentation and meet-up you think it's not for you, we’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked.

  • What online platform do you use?

    Zoom for the live events.

    Recordings of the live events are available to you in our online teaching area, which you get access to when you register.

  • What’s the format of the presentations?

    The live online virtual presentations include lots of pictures to go with the ideas we talk about. They are structured, but informal. We like to take questions during and after the presentation.

  • What’s the format of the meet-ups?

    The meet-ups are student-focused and a time for you to hash out the opportunities for your growing space. We have time for questions—and “hot seat” for people who want input on options for their yard.

  • Will I be able to ask questions?

    Yes. We always have time for questions…the more the better!

  • What if I can’t make a presentation or meet-up?

    Presentations and meet-ups are recorded so you can watch them afterwards.

  • What are the Dates? What time?

    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. ET
    October 19, Presentation
    October 26, Meet-up
    November 9, Presentation
    November 23, Meet-up
    December 7, Presentation
    December 14, Meet-up
    January 11, Presentation
    January 18, Meet-up
    February 8, Presentation
    February 22, Meet-up
    March 14, Presentation
    March 28, Meet-up
    April 11, Presentation
    April 25, Meet-up
    May 9, Presentation
    May 16, Meet-up
    June 6, Presentation
    June 13, Meet-up

Sign Up Risk Free

If after the first presentation and meet-up you decide it’s not for you, we'll give you a full refund – no questions asked.


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

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