Grow Your Groceries

Classes and Courses for the Urban Farmer

gyg223x116Soil Born Farms’ Grow Your Groceries program is a beginning farmer and gardener training program designed to provide knowledge and hands-on experience to the aspiring urban grower. Our instructors are experienced masters of organic agriculture and horticulture and experts in farm entrepreneurship. We offer single day classes in diverse subjects such as: preparing spring, summer, fall and winter gardens; building soil fertility; garden design and seasonality; irrigation and water management; natural pest management; composting; fruit tree care; seed saving; beekeeping; foraging wild edibles and more.

Intensive long-form courses include Beginning and Intermediate Home Gardening. Designed for those interested in growing an ample amount of fruits and vegetables in a home, school, or community garden, this course provides in-depth training on concepts and best practices in sustainable annual and perennial fruit and vegetable production.

Event Venue Date Description
Ask a Farmer - A Grow Your Groceries Class Series on Zoom
  • Tue., October 19, 2021 7:00pm

Join us for an inspiring presentation on a seasonal gardening topic each month on Zoom. The classes will provide basic information plus time for your questions. You’ll learn tricks of the trade that will help you create and maintain a thriving edible garden. Get expert advice and learn practical strategies to grow organic nutritious food for you and your family. Beginners and seasoned gardeners will benefit.

Fruit Tree Care Talks American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 30, 2021 9:00am

Discussion will cover the basics, early fall care, planting and how to prepare your trees for dormancy.

Propagation for the Home Gardener American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 13, 2021 9:30am

Learn simple techniques for multiplying your favorite plants through propagation of cuttings, divisions and seeding.

Regenerative Agriculture Farm Tour 12-4-21 American River Ranch
  • Sat., December 4, 2021 9:00am

Take a tour of the farm while learning the principles of regenerative agriculture. See how our farmers implement regenerative practices that revitalize the land and restore the historic American River Ranch.

Crop Planning for Gardens & Small Farms American River Ranch
  • Sat., December 11, 2021 9:30am

You will learn how to identify your target markets and make a realistic and successful crop plan that will meet the demands of those markets, so that your garden or farm produces a well-timed consistent harvest all season long.


Attending the Grow Your Groceries course helped jump-start my farm career. I have always dreamed of starting a flower farm and, after just 2 or 3 classes, I was selling my flowers wholesale to a local florist. ~ Amber Gardner, Amberchella Flowers