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Backyard Abundance

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The Backyard Abundance Garden Guru program offers free gardening education at public, Iowa City gardens to encourage wellness and eco-friendly practices. Classes in 2020 are designed to help communities cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and occur virtually, until it is safe to meet again.

Hope and wellness can be found by going outside and getting your feet and fingers in the soil. This is one activity that is still allowed and it may be exactly what is needed for long-term well-being.

Join our team as a volunteer videographer to foster hope and healing with your strong filming skills, creativity and artistic vision.

Learn about the Garden Guru program: https://www.backyardabundance.org/guru

Duties will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Create short, educational, gardening videos.
  • Own video equipment and be able to shoot as needed for up to two hours at a time.
  • Have experience with Facebook Live and be able to provide direction while live streaming, including reading live questions and comments aloud to the garden teacher.
  • Have access to and knowledge of video editing software and a willingness to edit for different purposes.
  • Maintain the ability to identify the most compelling content and a basic understanding of gardening.
  • Be able to turn around editing within 2-3 days after filming.
  • Be able to work with diverse personalities and maintain appropriate social distancing and hygiene consistent with current COVID-19 recommendations.

  • Build your portfolio with a compelling project that encourages resilience in uncertain times.
  • Connect with other nonprofit collaborators.
  • Learn about growing vegetables, food forests, permaculture, ecology, climate-friendly gardening, forest bathing and pollinator habitat.

Please provide an outline of your past experience. A sample video is strongly preferred.

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About Backyard Abundance


P.O. Box 1605, Iowa City, IA 52244, US

Mission Statement

Backyard Abundance helps people create beautiful, environmentally-beneficial landscapes that provide healthy food and habitat.


Backyard Abundance is a leading educational nonprofit residing in Johnson County, Iowa that helps people create beautiful, environmentally-beneficial landscapes that provide healthy food and habitat.

Since 2006, we have directly reached thousands of people through experiential classes, presentations, landscape tours, and design consultations.

Most everyone feels a desire to improve the health of our environment, but when faced with our monumental environmental problems the task seems too large and understanding how to proceed can feel overwhelming. In recognition of this frustration, Backyard Abundance was founded to provide you with the knowledge and tools needed to directly improve the health of our local environment.

No other Iowa organization teaches residents how to take small steps that transform the outdoors into spaces that demonstrate our ability to live in harmony with nature. Deep and lasting satisfaction comes from the daily observation of personally-made environmental improvements. This personal connection with a landscape evokes a strong desire to share actions and knowledge, quickly spreading our mission in a positive, grassroots way.

Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


220 South Gilbert St.Iowa City, IA 52240



  • Visual Arts
  • Photography
  • Gardening
  • Video Production
  • Teaching / Instruction




  • 4-8 hours each month through October 2020. Occasional mornings, evenings and weekends.

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