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Counselors in Training American River Ranch
  • Mon., June 17, 2019 8:00am

Participants in this camp may choose to volunteer as Counselors in Training (CIT) during the day camps that follow. Youth will learn how to lead groups of youth safely around the farm and river, teach gardening and environmental education, cook with kids and more. CIT’s will connect with peers and youth, gain leadership and job skills while earning community service hours.

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Creating a Plan for a Sustainable School Garden American River Ranch
  • Mon., June 17, 2019 9:00am

What do I plant in the school garden? Which lessons are best for each season? What do I share with others to get funding? This workshop will answer all your questions. You will work on plans that relate to curriculum, planting, and funding. It will be fun and engaging while setting you and your school garden program on the path to success and sustainability.

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Yoga on the Farm American River Ranch
  • Wed., June 19, 2019 8:00am

Our drop-in 60-minute yoga class is held every Wednesday at 8am.*Meet in the Outdoor Theatre located across from the Schoolhouse. This class is open to all levels. Bring your own yoga mat and water bottle. Summer Ward has been a long-time supporter and teacher at Soil Born Farms. Her teaching is grounded in nature. The classes will be a blend of breath work and intentional movement. Her style is intuitive and accommodating to all who attend. Suggested donation is $10. Pay instructor. No one turned away for lack of funds. See you there!
*Yoga class will be held every Wednesday, March 20 through September 18. Any-last minute changes will be posted on our homepage.  

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Meal Prep Hands-On Cooking Workshop American River Ranch
  • Thu., June 20, 2019 6:00pm

Meal Prep makes it easy when you have ready-made delicious and healthy components at the ready 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. Class includes a light dinner.

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Graceful Aging with Herbal & Lifestyle Wisdom American River Ranch
  • Sat., June 22, 2019 10:00am

Many times people do not know what to expect or how to maintain health as they enter their middle and elder years of life. Learn about herbs and foods that will keep your vitality, mind and spirit supported and enhanced as you age. We will discuss what it means to get older and enter into a new “room” in our life. Topics will include bone, heart and circulatory health as well as cognitive well-being.

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Garden to Kitchen (Grade 6-8) American River Ranch
  • Mon., June 24, 2019 8:00am

Enjoy the bounty of this land by harvesting, cooking, and eating healthy and delicious food together every day! Learn basic nutrition, kitchen and knife safety, explore the garden and farm, and meet new friends.

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Art and Nature (Grade 1-3) American River Ranch
  • Mon., June 24, 2019 8:00am

Youth will explore the intersection of art and nature during their week at Soil Born Farms where beauty abounds! From natural dyes to pine paint brushes, participants will craft and create using nature’s gifts.

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Rice: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen American River Ranch
  • Thu., June 27, 2019 6:00pm

With loads of soluble fiber and lots of good vitamins and minerals, rice is one of the world’s oldest and most nutritious grains. In this hands-on class, we’ll get to know a wide array of rice varieties and how to use them in everyday cooking. First, we’ll sample an assortment of long and short grain varieties, white and brown, and a few of the more exotic types like red rice and forbidden rice (the “Superfood” of rice). An understanding of the subtle differences in flavor will allow us to begin exploring ways to cook and eat these different varieties. Flavorful addition of spices and vegetables will launch us into world of different rice dishes including a risotto, Forbidden Rice salad, and dolmas.

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Intermediate Urban Backyard Beekeeping American River Ranch
  • Sat., June 29, 2019 10:00am

This workshop is designed for backyard beekeepers interested in learning intermediate level skills. There’s no prerequisite knowledge required, but it will be more advanced than an introductory level workshop. We will have a short lecture and group learning style introduction to topics and then an apiary tour with open hive inspection with practical, hands on skills to move you to the next level of beekeeping.

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Intermediate Herbalist Course: Part B American River Ranch
  • Sun., June 30, 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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Intermediate Herbalist Course: Part A American River Ranch
  • Sun., July 7, 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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Hearts and Hands American River Ranch
  • Mon., July 8, 2019 8:00am

Hearts and Hands is cancelled due to low enrollment. Check out our other Summer Day Camps. Youth will engage in meaningful projects that serve the larger community. Throughout the week campers will focus on learning new skills on the farm and at the river while making a difference through various service projects.

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Little Sprouts - Session 1 American River Ranch
  • Mon., July 8, 2019 9:00am

Meet the animals, dig in the dirt, smell herbs and taste fresh fruits and vegetables.  Using stories, songs, crafts, and games, our youngest campers will learn about our farm while enjoying playful, fun-filled mornings. For campers entering pre-K – Kindergarten, suggested ages 4-6. Note: This camp runs from 9-11am.

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Family Herbalist Course Beginners Program 2019 American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 13, 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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Art and Nature (Grade 4-6) American River Ranch
  • Mon., July 15, 2019 8:00am

Art and Nature (Grade 4-6) is cancelled due to low enrollment. Check out our other Summer Day Camps. Youth will explore the intersection of art and nature during their week at Soil Born Farms where beauty abounds! From natural dyes to pine paint brushes, participants will craft and create using nature’s gifts.

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STEM in the Garden American River Ranch
  • Mon., July 15, 2019 8:00am

Inquire, design, experiment, and build your way through the garden. Youth will reconnect and explore all of nature’s gifts through the lens of STEM principles

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Basics of Herbal Medicine American River Ranch
  • Tue., July 16, 2019 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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Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 20, 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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Sowing the Seeds of Serenity: Garden & Art to Soothe Stressed Children American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 20, 2019 9:00am

Garden and art activities can help children manage their big feelings and fears. In this class, adults will learn how to teach children that the garden is a safe and welcoming place where they can leave their stress behind. You will learn to teach resiliency skills, stress management skills, and self-soothing techniques that empower children and help them express themselves. You will leave with practical ideas that can help children ages 4 through 17. Recommended for parents, care providers and teachers (adults only). No art or garden experience is necessary.

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Survival Skills American River Ranch
  • Mon., July 22, 2019 8:00am

Learn about building fire and shelter, edible wild foods, how to stay safe in nature and more! The week’s activities will culminate with an overnight option to camp-out on Friday night and a game of capture the flag. (additional fees apply for the overnight option.)

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Little Sprouts - Session 2 American River Ranch
  • Mon., July 22, 2019 9:00am

Meet the animals, dig in the dirt, smell herbs and taste fresh fruits and vegetables.  Using stories, songs, crafts, and games, our youngest campers will learn about our farm while enjoying playful, fun-filled mornings. For campers entering pre-K – Kindergarten, suggested ages 4-6. Note: This camp runs from 9-11am.

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Next Generation Science Standards Curriculum for the School Garden American River Ranch
  • Tue., July 23, 2019 9:00am

Practice 4 NGSS aligned units that can be used in partnership with a school garden or outdoor learning space. You will practice activities, prepare the materials, learn games, and be challenged to use your critical thinking in the process.

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Honing Your Knife Skills American River Ranch
  • Wed., July 24, 2019 6:00pm

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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Nature Walk
  • Sat., July 27, 2019 9:00am

Instructor: Cliff Hawley, Naturalist Price: $10 (proceeds support the American River Ranch Restoration & Development Fund) Location: American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670. Meet at Oak Shelter. Cancellation Policy: No refunds or class credits with less than 48 hour notice prior to class. (more…)

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Families on the Farm: River and Creek Exploration American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 27, 2019 9:30am

This class is rescheduled for Saturday, October 26. To register, https://soilborn.org/events/families-10-26-19/ 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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Keep Your Brain Healthy with Foods, Herbs and Games
  • Sat., July 27, 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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Garden to Kitchen (Grade 4-6) American River Ranch
  • Mon., July 29, 2019 8:00am

Enjoy the bounty of this land by harvesting, cooking, and eating healthy and delicious food together every day! Learn basic nutrition, kitchen and knife safety, explore the garden and farm, and meet new friends.

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Edible Gardening in Small Spaces
  • Sat., August 3, 2019 9:00am

In this hands-on class for beginners, we will cover all the need-to-know basics of growing food in small spaces. We will cover proper soil, water, sunlight exposure, seasonality of plants, and create a customized garden plan for your space. A majority of class will be outside learning through experience.

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Basics of Homesteading
  • Sat., August 3, 2019 1:00pm

With the recent farm-to-fork movement in our area, people are looking to get back to the fundamentals of living in harmony with nature. While it can seem complicated and intimidating to venture into the world of homesteading, there are a few small ways you can begin to explore this wonderfully rewarding lifestyle. Anne of Anvil Acre Farm, a suburban homestead in rural Sacramento, will help you get started on creating a plan for your own beginner homestead – no matter what your skill level. Topics covered will include: food preservation, rotational gardening, livestock selection and care, homemade products and skills to acquire, property size and layout, and much more.

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Wild Critters American River Ranch
  • Mon., August 5, 2019 8:00am

Become an American River Parkway animal specialist. Track, discover, observe and learn about the animals that share the ecosystem with us here at Soil Born Farms.

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River Naturalists American River Ranch
  • Mon., August 5, 2019 8:00am

Explore, play and learn along the beautiful American River! Be prepared to hike to different areas along the parkway and discover why the river is truly a magical and special place.

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Summer Grilling American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 10, 2019 10:00am

Grill master Dio will show you everything you need to know to up your grilling game. Learn to make spice rubbed grilled chicken with charred tomato salsa, grilled shrimp with avocado cucumber relish, baby back ribs with honey mustard BBQ sauce, grilled vegetable and goat cheese salad, and grilled peaches with vanilla bean ice cream for dessert. You will sample each dish prepared.

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Preparing a Fall Garden American River Ranch
  • Tue., August 13, 2019 5:30pm

Summer is the time to start planning your fall garden. Sacramento has a perfect climate for growing a wide variety of vegetables all year. You will learn about seasonal crops, fall garden tasks and how to ensure your garden is productive. We’ll talk about turning over summer crops, and how to think about the changing sunlight in autumn. This class will be a combination of lecture and hands-on gardening.

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Garden to Pantry: Jammin’
  • Thu., August 15, 2019 6:00pm

Nothing beats homemade Jam! In this hands-on class, we will use seasonal fruit to make a simple jam recipe. We’ll cover the basics of making jam at home: selecting and preparing the fruit; preparing and filling the jars and processing the jam. Each participant will leave with their own jar of jam and the confidence to make more at home.

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Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 17, 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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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 in. Come in your work clothes.

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

Learn how to grow vibrant, tasty, and healthy plants from Soil Born Farm’s knowledgeable staff and community educators. Visit the plant sale to fill your fall garden and shop at our Farmstand, Phoebe’s Tea & Snack Bar and Greenhouse Garden & Gift shop.

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Nature Walk
  • Sat., August 24, 2019 9:00am

Instructor: Cliff Hawley, Naturalist Price: $10 (proceeds support the American River Ranch Restoration & Development Fund) Location: American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670. Meet at Oak Shelter. Cancellation Policy: No refunds or class credits with less than 48 hour notice prior to class. (more…)

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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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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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Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 19, 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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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 9, 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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