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Kareen Erbe

“Empowering individuals to develop their own homestead, creating agricultural ecosystems for a self sufficient and sustainable lifestyle.”


About Me

"Don't be limited by your landscape."

Permaculture Expert and Founder of Broken Ground, Kareen Erbe, Guides You to Transform Your Space into a Self-Sufficient Haven.

About Kareen Erbe:

As the founder of Broken Ground, Kareen Erbe is a distinguished permaculture expert dedicated to empowering individuals to develop their own homesteads. With over a decade of experience, Kareen specializes in helping people in cold climates grow their own food and lead self-reliant, sustainable lifestyles.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Permaculture Design
  • Cold Climate Permaculture
  • Cold Climate Food Forests and Gardens
  • Social Permaculture
  • Strengthening Local Food Systems
  • Edible Garden Design
  • Self-Reliance and Homesteading

What Kareen Offers:

  • Education: Kareen provides practical permaculture practices for home, turning backyards into edible forests, and building resilient homesteads for year-round nourishment. Her expertise in edible gardening, ecology, and permaculture design offers valuable guidance to both experienced and novice gardeners.
  • Design: Kareen offers easy-to-implement permaculture design packages for small or large areas, transforming outdoor spaces into functional and productive landscapes.


  • Conducted over 800 home garden consultations.
  • More than 1,000 subscribers to her educational content.
  • A proud enrollment of 79 participants in the Resilient Homestead Program.


Kareen holds certifications in permaculture design and sustainable living. In addition to her role at Broken Ground, she is actively engaged in faculty roles at the Permaculture Women's Guild, the Green Path Herb School, and the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute.

Homestead Life:

When not contributing to permaculture education or design, Kareen can be found on her suburban homestead in Bozeman, Montana, alongside her husband and dog, Beni.

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Broken Ground Permaculture

Learn permaculture from experienced instructors, get personalized garden consultation, access online resources, and join community events.

Broken Ground

Kareen Erbe, owner of Broken Ground, is a garden design consultant and educator. For over a decade, she has helped people in cold climates grow their own food so they can eat healthier, live more sustainably, and become more self-reliant. Through consultations, design services, her signature Resilient Homestead Program, and her YouTube channel, she has helped thousands of people grow nutritious food for their families. Kareen is certified in permaculture design, a whole-systems approach to land management and sustainable living. She is on the faculty of the Permaculture Women’s Guild and the Green Path Herb School, as well as the lead instructor for the Permaculture Design Course at the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute. Kareen and her husband live on a suburban homestead in Bozeman, Montana, with their dog Beni, a greenhouse, pond, vegetable gardens, a food forest of fruit trees and berry bushes, and a flock of chickens.

#08: Kareen Erbe- Permaculture

In our latest podcast, Kareen Erbe local Permaculturalist, speaks to the value of sustainability of food production, yes, gardening and farming. As you will hear, Water plays an important role and the

Finding Genius Podcast: Gardening 101: Tips And Tricks From A Homesteader And Permaculture Educator

Gardening is a skill that is both fulfilling and useful, especially in today’s world. Whether you are new to food cultivation or have been doing it for years, it is always important to consider the guidance of fellow gardeners – and in this episode, we do just that…  Kareen Erbe joins us today to discuss her work as the Founder of Broken Ground Permaculture. Kareen is a permaculture educator, homesteader, food farmer, garden designer, and soil-builder. Her mission is to help people living in colder climates cultivate their own food to live healthier and more sustainably. In this conversation, we explore: The types of people that Kareen educates. How to get your own garden started. Why outdoor growing allows people to have larger and more fruitful gardens. Want to get gardening tips from Kareen for yourself? Visit now! Episode also available on Apple Podcast: 

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