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
Native Plant Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., April 20, 2024 9:30am

Take a leisure tour of Sacramento Valley CNPS demonstration garden which grows about 120 different local native plant species.

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Regenerative Agriculture Farm Tour American River Ranch
  • Sat., April 20, 2024 10:00am

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.

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Preparing Your Summer Garden American River Ranch
  • Sat., April 27, 2024 9:30am

Plan your garden space for optimal production and enjoyment in this hands-on class. You will learn how to prepare, plant and care for an abundant, thriving summer garden.

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Gardening with Native Plants American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 11, 2024 9:30am

Native plants are drought tolerant, low maintenance, beautiful and attract wildlife. Get a hands-on introduction to planting, growing and planning your garden with native plants.

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Building a Worm Compost Bin American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 11, 2024 10:00am

In this hands-on class you will learn all the components to building a worm compost bin.

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Native Plant Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 18, 2024 9:30am

Take a leisure tour of Sacramento Valley CNPS demonstration garden which grows about 120 different local native plant species.

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Regenerative Agriculture Farm Tour American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 18, 2024 10:00am

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.

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Intro to Edible & Medicinal Mushrooms American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 18, 2024 10:00am

Build on your mushroom fascination with this powerful introduction to some of the most incredible fungi species on the planet. Students will each make their own blend of mushroom tonic, and enjoy a delicious mushroom sandwich together.

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Plant Identification for Herbalists American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 25, 2024 10:00am

This class will introduce basic strategies for plant identification, common families of medicinal plants, and the use of a plant key to help you learn to identify any plant!

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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