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After-School Teen Empowerment Program American River Ranch
  • Wed., December 11, 2019 3:30pm

Building Confidence, Valuable Leadership Skills for Young Women
Our Roots & Wings after-school program offers an opportunity for young women ages 13 to 18 to deepen their connection to the environment, themselves and each other. Through gardening, cooking and eating together, working with medicinal herbs and plants, doing art and exploring the natural world, we will teach valuable life skills while building a supportive community. Through our interactions with the land, we aim to empower young women to build inner strength and confidence as well as learn valuable leadership skills. The program will be flexible and adapted to meet the interests and passions of the group. Held on the Second Wednesday of the month from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at the American River Ranch. There are two sessions with four gatherings each.

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Gifts from the Farmhouse Kitchen American River Ranch
  • Thu., December 12, 2019 6:00pm

Colorful bean soups, apple spice cake, or hot pepper jelly are just some of the seasonal possibilities that make easy gifts in a jar. In this combination hands-on and demonstration class, we will look at a number of different gifts you can make in a mason jar and sample the recipes. We’ll talk about seasonal canning possibilities, and the different fruits and vegetables that are available in the fall and winter – apples, squash, beans and more. Everyone will assemble a layered jar of bean soup ingredients to take home.

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Herbs for the New Year - Free Class American River Ranch
  • Tue., January 7, 2020 6:00pm

Learn what role medicinal plants can play in increasing your health and well-being in 2020. This free talk will introduce a philosophy of herbal medicine, how herbs work, and basic remedies for maintaining and increasing health and happiness. Come with curiosity; leave with recipes and inspiration.

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Winter Wellness Day: Urban Healing Retreat American River Ranch
  • Sat., January 11, 2020 9:00am

Enjoy a day of inspiration, nature and rejuvenation at Soil Born Farms without leaving the city. A delicious, organic lunch will be served and an afternoon tea. Come make the connection between food, health and the environment. You will feel refreshed and motivated to take good care of YOU! Presenters include: Maxine Barish-Wreden, MD, ABIHM, Rev. Candis Cantin, Daylin Wade, Ann Sibbet, Terese Hollander Esperas, Summer Ward, Kellan MacKay and Janet Zeller
The $75 price includes organic lunch, snacks and beverages. Enjoy the day with a friend: Register two people by Dec. 31 for $100 (save $50). Space is limited. Adults only.

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Family Nature Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., January 18, 2020 9:00am

Join Cliff Hawley for an opportunity to observe what nature has to offer on a walking tour of the American River Ranch. We’ll explore the plants, animals, and relationships that make up the environment of this special place. This walk is family friendly, but recommended for kids 5 and up.

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Winter One Pot Meals American River Ranch
  • Sat., January 18, 2020 10:00am

Chilly weather calls for comfort foods gently braised and simmered for flavorful results. Learn to make simple one pot meals that are perfect for weeknight meals and to have planned leftovers for lunch or to freeze. Chef Dio will show you how to make Moroccan Vegetable Stew with couscous, Indian Chicken Curry with potatoes and peas, turkey black bean chili and Southern Style Gumbo with rice.

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Introduction to Natural Dyes American River Ranch
  • Sat., January 18, 2020 12:00pm

Before synthetic dyes humans used plants, animals, and minerals to color everything. Learn the ancient art of natural dyes and discover the secrets and gifts of plant color. Color lives in everyday life; find pink inside your lunchtime avocado pit; see yellow in the papery onion husks that line the supermarket bins; call forth oranges and reds from the roadside eucalyptus. We’ll cover the basics of the process including plant collection, mordanting, fiber choices, extraction and dyeing methods, shibori techniques, ways to shift color after dyeing and how to care for naturally dyed cloth. Use natural dyes to create designs on one silk handkerchief and one cotton dish towel to take home for your enjoyment.

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Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., January 25, 2020 9:00am

Start your morning off with a pleasant walk around American River Ranch. We will experience a variety of resident birds along with winter, migrant, or summer birds depending on the season. Cliff will point out other critters and plant life along the way. This walk is ideal for beginner to intermediate birdwatchers.

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Living in Alignment American River Ranch
  • Sat., January 25, 2020 9:00am

A new year brings about a tremendous opportunity to examine ourselves and commit to positive change. But what areas do we change and where do we start? By exploring the areas of our lives where we are out of alignment and by identifying our core values, we create a plan for moving forward with positive life change. This class will include lecture, guided visualization and self-exploration exercises to create a plan for positive change in our lives.

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Basics of Herbal Medicine American River Ranch
  • Tue., January 28, 2020 5:30pm

Learn how to bring medicinal plants into your everyday life to promote overall wellness and address minor illnesses and injuries. We will discuss the healing properties of several common herbs, and how to incorporate them through cooking, everyday herbal tonics and simple home remedies to use when ailments arise.

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Satisfying Superfood Soups American River Ranch
  • Thu., January 30, 2020 6:00pm

Getting through the winter requires comfort food, and our flu-season resistance requires produce with loads of nutrients. Soup gives us both. Plus, it’s so easy to make your own that you don’t need a recipe so much as a method and fresh, high-value ingredients. Step away from the sodium laden products in cans and see how easy it is to use fresh ingredients. Produce with a Purpose classes offer helpful nutrition information and a cooking demonstration. The recipes are always, super-easy, madly tasty, and secretly healthy.

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Menopausal Years: How to Survive the Change American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 1, 2020 10:00am

When women reach menopause either naturally or surgically, the physical, psychological and spiritual changes can be confusing and overwhelming. Some women coast through this change, but others need guidance and reassurance as they traverse unknown territory. We will discuss the changes to expect; how herbs, food, and rest can ameliorate some of the symptoms and creative outlets that may help us while we find our new metamorphosed self.

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Meal Prep Hands-On Cooking Workshop American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 1, 2020 10:00am

Meal Prep makes it easy when you have ready-made delicious and healthy components to create healthy easy-to-prepare weeknight meals. We’ll prepare the basic building block base recipes in this fun and lively hands-on class. Bring your take home containers and leave with a bounty of prepped and cooked vegetables, healthy prepared grains, delicious organic chicken, blanched greens, savory legumes, two homemade sauces to round out your meals and washed and ready to use salad greens. Eating healthy has never been so easy or delicious! Learn strategies to prep once for healthy meals all week and simplify your life. The class is offered every quarter with new seasonal recipes. Visit www.ahealthykitchensac.com for more information.

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Saturday at the Farm: Harvest Sacramento (all about fruit trees) American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 8, 2020 9:00am

Every season at the American River Ranch is unique and beautiful. We have planned a day of activities the whole family will enjoy including a pop-up Farmstand in the barn with fresh-from-the-field winter vegetables.

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Preparing a Spring Garden American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 8, 2020 9:00am

Learn how to plan your garden space and prepare, plant and care for an abundant, thriving spring garden. This class is for new gardeners or for gardeners who are new to the region.

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Family Nature Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 8, 2020 9:00am

Join Cliff Hawley for an opportunity to observe what nature has to offer on a walking tour of the American River Ranch. We’ll explore the plants, animals, and relationships that make up the environment of this special place. This walk is family friendly, but recommended for kids 5 and up.

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The Art of Herbal Medicine Making American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 8, 2020 1:00pm

This introductory class will cover simple herbal remedies you can make at home, and when and how to use them. We will discuss herbal teas, tinctures, oils, salves, and herbal foods. Participants will practice medicine-preparation techniques and make remedies to take home.

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Vegetarian Cooking Basics American River Ranch
  • Thu., February 13, 2020 6:30pm

Imagine the abundant variety of Soil Born Farm’s produce and multiply that by the infinite ways we can prepare it. This class will cover vegetable cookery basics like knife work, blanching, sauteing, grilling and roasting along with many simple professional chef techniques as we explore the best of the season.

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Saturday at the Farm: Wildlife Day American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 22, 2020 9:00am

Every season at the American River Ranch is unique and beautiful. We have planned a day of activities the whole family will enjoy including a pop-up Farmstand in the barn with fresh-from-the-field winter vegetables.

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Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 22, 2020 9:00am

Start your morning off with a pleasant walk around American River Ranch. We will experience a variety of resident birds along with winter, migrant, or summer birds depending on the season. Cliff will point out other critters and plant life along the way. This walk is ideal for beginner to intermediate birdwatchers.

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Families on the Farm: Stone Soup American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 22, 2020 9:30am

Harvest, cook and share a meal together using farm fresh, organic produce grown at the American River Ranch. Families will build community and connect with each other while sharing stories and making a hearty soup from scratch. This program is designed for youth (ages 5 through 18) and accompanying adults.

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Garden to Pantry: Seasonal Jelly American River Ranch
  • Thu., February 27, 2020 6:00pm

Making your own jelly gives you access to all kinds of flavors you can’t buy. Jelly can be sweet or savory as a marinade and rub. In this hands-on class, we will use seasonal fruit to prepare a simple jelly recipe. We’ll cover the basics of making jelly at home and talk about both sweet and savory jellies: selecting and preparing the fruit, making the juice, preparing and filling the jars, and processing. Each participant will leave with their own half pint of jelly and the confidence to make more at home.

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Raising Backyard Chickens American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 29, 2020 9:00am

Raising chickens in your yard is educational, fun and rewarding. Besides fresh eggs, they provide the added benefits of soil fertility and pest control. You will learn how to choose the right breeds, provide proper housing, and make sure your chickens are healthy and producing the best eggs you’ve ever tasted.

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Herbal Body Care American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 29, 2020 1:00pm

Body care products that nourish the skin and are free of harmful additives and chemicals are an important part of taking care of ourselves. Learn the connection between healthy skin and overall health, and learn to make several body care products, including creams, lip balms, body scrubs and more. Participants will make body care products to take home.

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Free Worm Composting Workshop American River Ranch
  • Fri., March 6, 2020 6:00pm

Vermicomposting, the science of composting with worms, is an effective and easy way to put nutrients back into the soil and reduce waste in landfills. In this free class, we’ll discuss the basics of how to start and maintain a thriving vermiculture bin. You will learn which foods, types of bins and temperatures that provide an optimum environment for your worms as well as how to use your vermicompost in your containers, gardens, yards, or community green spaces. Participants who are Rancho Cordova residents will receive a free composting bin (one per family) after showing proof of residency. All participants will be entered into a raffle to win prizes.

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Saturday at the Farm: Spring Gardening Clinic American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 7, 2020 9:00am

Every season at the American River Ranch is unique and beautiful. We have planned a day of activities the whole family will enjoy including a pop-up Farmstand in the barn with fresh-from-the-field winter vegetables and a Spring Gardening Clinic with free classes, walks and tours. More details to come.

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Spring Gardening Clinic American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 7, 2020 9:00am

Free classes, talks and tours. Learn how to grow vibrant, tasty, and healthy plants from Soil Born Farm’s knowledgeable staff and community educators. This is a rain or shine event. Registration will occur at the event ONLY and be on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Family Nature Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 7, 2020 9:00am

Join Cliff Hawley for an opportunity to observe what nature has to offer on a walking tour of the American River Ranch. We’ll explore the plants, animals, and relationships that make up the environment of this special place. This walk is family friendly, but recommended for kids 5 and up.

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Beginning Home Gardener Course: Spring 2020 American River Ranch
  • Thu., March 12, 2020 5:30pm

Designed for beginning gardeners, the Grow Your Groceries Beginning Home Gardener Course will cover the essential topics to help the new gardener create and maintain a thriving, abundant edible organic garden. Combining indoor presentations with interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities, this course will give you the knowledge and confidence to get out and grow food for you and your family. Course topics include garden design and seasonality, building healthy soil, garden preparation and planting, water and irrigation, garden ecology and pest control and growing herbs and perennials.

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A Garden in Every School Symposium American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 14, 2020 8:00am

We’ve planned an inspiring weekend for you! Network with like-minded teachers, parents, garden designers, community leaders, school garden coordinators, and others involved with helping kids make the connection between food, health and the environment. This year we will aim to discover ways to increase equity and access through school gardens. Learn and discuss ways to grow culturally representative crops, prepare ethnic recipes using garden produce and design systems that use the naturally diverse and unique learning environment of a school garden. Workshops will include curriculum, garden design, cooking, planting plans, art ideas and garden sustainability. Support our mission to have a garden in every school while you attend workshops, participate in hands-on experiences, network, eat delicious food and connect with local organizations.

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Growing Medicinal and Culinary Herbs American River Ranch
  • Wed., March 18, 2020 5:30pm

Herbs in the home garden can add flavor to your meals, home remedies to your medicine cabinet, and beauty, diversity and beneficial insect habitat to your landscape. This hands-on class offers instructions for growing an array of herbs, and tips for harvesting and using what you grow.

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Saturday at the Farm: Spring Wellness Day American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 21, 2020 9:00am

Every season at the American River Ranch is unique and beautiful. We have planned a day of activities the whole family will enjoy including a pop-up Farmstand in the barn with fresh-from-the-field winter vegetables. More details to come.

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Spring Wellness Day: Urban Healing Retreat American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 21, 2020 9:00am

Enjoy a day of inspiration, nature and rejuvenation at Soil Born Farms without leaving the city. A delicious, organic lunch will be served and an afternoon tea. Come make the connection between food, health and the environment. You will feel refreshed and motivated to take good care of YOU! Presenters: Maxine Barish-Wreden, MD, ABIHM, Rev. Candis Cantin, Daylin Wade, Ann Sibbet, Terese Hollander Esperas, Summer Ward, Dana Marie, Kellan MacKay, Janet Zeller and Adriana Jones

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Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 21, 2020 9:00am

Start your morning off with a pleasant walk around American River Ranch. We will experience a variety of resident birds along with winter, migrant, or summer birds depending on the season. Cliff will point out other critters and plant life along the way. This walk is ideal for beginner to intermediate birdwatchers.

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The Art of Cooking Heirloom Beans American River Ranch
  • Thu., March 26, 2020 6:00pm

Tiger Eye, Peruano, Orca, Anasazi, and Arikara are just a few of the hundreds of heirloom bean varieties. Healthy, sustainable, and socially responsible, heirloom beans are available in any season. Knowing which beans to pick and how to cook them can make an old bean recipe shine. In this demonstration class, we will explore the myriad types of heirloom beans that are available and learn how to use them in cooking. We will taste a variety of heirlooms and talk about history, flavor, and recipes. Participants will learn how to use heirlooms to dress up baked beans, hummus, soups, and bean dips, and learn new recipes to showcase some of the beautiful varieties available locally. Each participant will make a jar of bean soup to take and cook at home.

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Permaculture Design Principles American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 28, 2020 9:00am

Permaculture uses nature’s design to grow food, fuel, fiber and medicine for our needs while also enhancing the land at the same time. You will get a crash course on how and why permaculture works, and then learn how to establish a food forest garden that is the best physical manifestation of nature. This class is lecture and hands-on.

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Honing Your Knife Skills American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 28, 2020 10:00am

Better Knife skills will improve your cooking beyond measure. There’s so much more than just slicing and dicing, and with proper knife techniques, prepping will be easier and quicker. In this hands on class, you’ll learn the basics, plus simple and beautiful garnishes. Learn how to choose a good knife without spending a fortune, and how to keep your knives sharp and well cared for. You’ll leave with recipes and a bounty of chopped produce ready to turn into dinners for the week. Please bring a chef’s knife, a paring knife and a cutting board to class.

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Introduction to Urban Backyard Beekeeping American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 28, 2020 1:00pm

Are you planning to start your first backyard beehive this spring? Or are you just curious about urban beekeeping? Do you consider yourself a beginner beekeeper and want to learn new strategies or brush up on your beekeeping skills? This workshop will cover the basics for a successful start to backyard beekeeping.

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Spring Plant Sale American River Ranch
  • Sat., April 4, 2020 9:00am

Join us for our collaborative plant sale with Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery & Demo Garden, a project of California Native Plant Society. Fill your spring garden with organic vegetable starts, medicinal and culinary herbs and flower starts grown in the Soil Born Farms Greenhouse and native plants from Elderberry Farms Nursery and join us for our Farmstand opening day.

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