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Create It - School Garden Games, Recipes, Signage and Education Tools American River Ranch
  • Tue., August 20, 2019 9:00am

This is a hands-on workshop that will help you manage and facilitate your garden space well. You will learn to use the produce in your garden, create signage, play educational games and facilitate engaging activities. Come in your work clothes.

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Get Ready for Fall - Free Gardening Clinic & Organic Plant Sale American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 24, 2019 8:00am

Learn how to grow vibrant, tasty and healthy plants from our knowledgeable staff and community educators. Registration for free classes, tours, walks and talks will occur at the event ONLY and be on a first-come, first-served basis. Many thanks to SMUD for sponsoring this event.

Visit our organic plant sale to fill your garden with vegetable starts, edible perennials, medicinal and culinary herbs, succulents and flowers which will provide beauty and food through the fall and winter. All plants are organically grown with love, and selected for the Sacramento area. We will also have a limited quantity of fruit trees for sale.

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Family Nature Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 24, 2019 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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Experience the Secret Life of Bees American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 24, 2019 12:00pm

Experience the secret life of honey bees at American River Ranch. You will learn how bees are vital to our environment and how they live together and function. After a walk around the farm and identifying pollinator attracting plants, you will put on a beekeeping suit and see the bees up close and personal in the apiary. Then you’ll enjoy a honey tasting paired with organic fruit pollinated by the bees you just visited. During the honey tasting, there will be more discussion about bees, pollination and honey. Suggested ages 10 years and older. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and socks that cover their ankles. 

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Intermediate Herbalist Course: Part B American River Ranch
  • Sun., August 25, 2019 10:00am

This course is for those who have completed Candis’ Part A Program or its equivalent with another school or teacher.*
The intermediate curriculum continues to explore Ayurvedic and Chinese healing systems in greater depth.

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Growing Medicinal and Culinary Herbs American River Ranch
  • Tue., August 27, 2019 5:30pm

Medicinal and culinary 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 class offers classroom and hands-on instruction for growing an array of medicinal and culinary herbs, and an introduction to harvesting and using what you grow.

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Cooking Out of the CSA Box American River Ranch
  • Wed., August 28, 2019 6:00pm

Explore and master simple vegetarian recipes that will fill your bellies and the whole family will enjoy. Learn the nutritional benefits and a variety of techniques to cook the veggies we love. Perfect for anyone who receives a CSA box or people who are looking for new ways to cook with fresh seasonal produce. Generous samples provided.

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Harvesting Water
  • Sat., September 7, 2019 9:00am

Learn to use the water you already have for outdoor irrigation of shrubs, trees and vegetable gardens. With the changing climate we can expect more droughts like the recent 2011 to 2016 drought. Even with these challenges, we can still grow food and have a healthy vibrant landscape. Rainfall on our roofs and the laundry water from our washers can be used to keep a landscape healthy. Examples of integrated landscape solutions including low water use plants, rainwater and gray water will be provided in this workshop.

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Raising Backyard Animals: Ducks and Goats
  • Sat., September 7, 2019 1:00pm

Ducks and goats, much like chickens, can be easy to raise if you have the right tools – knowledge, space, and commitment. When introducing a new animal to your property and your neighborhood, there is always a lot of research you must do, as well as a learning curve, but with the right awareness, and careful attention, ducks and goats can become a lovely and extremely entertaining, even productive and profitable, backyard addition. We’ll discuss the right feeds, space and hygiene requirements, breeding/birthing, first aid and veterinary skills, and putting your animals to use for eggs, milk, and more.

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Intermediate Herbalist Course: Part A American River Ranch
  • Sun., September 8, 2019 10:00am

This course is for those who have completed Candis’ Beginners Program or its equivalent with another school or teacher.*
The intermediate curriculum continues to explore Ayurvedic and Chinese healing systems in greater depth.

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Garden to Pantry: Pickling Vegetables American River Ranch
  • Thu., September 12, 2019 6:00pm

Homemade pickles are fun, colorful, and easy. In this hands-on class, we’ll use seasonal produce to make pickles. We’ll cover the basics of home canning and pickling. Selecting and preparing the vegetables, preparing and filling the jars, and processing the pickles in a boiling water bath. Each participant will leave with a jar of pickles and the confidence to make more at home.

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Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., September 14, 2019 8:00am

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. This walk is ideal for beginner to intermediate birdwatchers.

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Family Herbalist Course Beginners Program 2019 American River Ranch
  • Sat., September 14, 2019 10:00am

Join Candis and her team in learning the basics of Western Herbology while integrating it with Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese medicine. This six-month course will include medicine-making, plant ID, how to treat acute ailments, use of tonic herbs and food for strengthening vitality, as well as how to harvest local herbs for medicine. You will learn about your own constitutional needs and ways to balance yourself for better health and well-being. This program will include herb walks around the farm and the American River. There will be lots of tasting, smelling, and hands-on experience with the herbs!

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Autumn Equinox Celebration American River Ranch
  • Sat., September 21, 2019 5:30pm

You’re invited to our 17th Annual Autumn Equinox fundraiser which will again bring together local chefs, restaurants, bakeries, wineries and breweries that have been trailblazers in Sacramento’s local food movement.

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The Autumn Herbal American River Ranch
  • Tue., September 24, 2019 5:30pm

Autumn is a wonderful time to focus on boosting overall health and addressing challenges such as exhaustion and low immunity during the cold/flu season, and opportunities such as the prevention of springtime allergies. This class will introduce the plant remedies growing around us this time of year, and how to support the body and mind with herbs, diet, and habits as we transition into the cooler, darker months. The format will include lecture and hands-on activities indoors and outdoors. We will share a seasonal dinner which incorporates many of the ideas discussed in the class.

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Beginning Home Gardener Weekend Intensive American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 5, 2019 9:00am

Our Grow Your Groceries Beginning Home Gardener intensive will cover the essential topics to help the new gardener create and maintain a thriving, abundant edible organic garden. Combining indoor presentations and 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.

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Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 12, 2019 8:00am

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. This walk is ideal for beginner to intermediate birdwatchers.

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Keep Your Brain Healthy with Foods, Herbs and Games American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 12, 2019 10:00am

There are many new scientific breakthroughs on keeping our brains healthy. It has been found that watching television and electronic devices can lower the brain activity by 25%. Also, lack of healthy fats in the diet can be detrimental to the brain as well. Sleep stimulates what is known as the “glymphatic system” which is the cleansing mechanism of the brain while sleeping. We will discuss how to optimize your brain health and share recipes of foods and herbs and games that support brain function.

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Plan, Design and Build a School Garden American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 19, 2019 9:00am

Would you like to build or enhance a school garden on your campus? This one-day intensive for school garden educators will help you consider the best design for your space that will serve students and teachers while creating a dynamic and healthy ecosystem. Learn the nuts and bolts of irrigation, plant selection, needed materials, signage ideas, curriculum resources and more. Come prepared to collaborate and create.

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Families on the Farm: River and Creek Exploration American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 26, 2019 9:30am

Hike along the American River parkway and Cordova Creek to learn about local flora and fauna. Reconnect, build awareness and share the joy and wonders of the natural world together. Enjoy a small picnic in the shade with seasonal fruit provided by the farm. This program is designed for youth (ages 5 through 18) and accompanying adults.

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Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 16, 2019 8:00am

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. This walk is ideal for beginner to intermediate birdwatchers.

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