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: Beekeeping, Wild Edibles: Tasting the Wild and Urban Forager, and Marketing Value-Added Products. 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.

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Internet of Things: Make a Solar Powered Moisture Sensor for Your Home Garden American River Ranch
  • Sat., June 30, 2018 1:00pm

Soil Born Farms and Hacker Lab are teaming up together to offer a fun, innovative technology class for home gardeners.  This class will teach people to use some of the great new electronic devices available for personal use.  You will learn the basics on how to program a WiFi enabled arduino, using simple plug and play coding libraries, to read the data from a moisture or temperature sensor for use in a home garden or greenhouse.  You will also learn to trigger activities with the arduino, such as switching on a watering system using data from the sensors.  Take this fun class to learn the basics on how to create and install your own garden sensor system.

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Family Herbalist Course Beginners Program 2018 American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 14, 2018 10:00am

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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Managing Pests American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 21, 2018 9:00am

We will review common garden pests in the Sacramento areas and how to manage them without toxic pesticides. There will be a special focus on beneficial insects. A portion of the class will be outside in the field to find and identify pests and their natural enemies on site.

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Sustaining the Environment with Native Plants
  • Sat., July 28, 2018 9:00am

The better connections we have with the environment, the easier it becomes to sustain it.  Using native plants for food and materials brings the connection we have with the environment to the forefront.  Learn how to analyze plants for human use and how to collect them in a sustainable way.

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Building Soil Fertility American River Ranch
  • Wed., August 8, 2018 5:30pm

Healthy soil is the foundation of a bountiful garden. In this hands-on class, we will assess which nutrients and amendments healthy soils need and find resourceful ways to create flourishing crops for your home garden or family farm.

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Beginning Home Gardener Weekend Intensive American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 18, 2018 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.

Preparing a Fall Garden American River Ranch
  • Thu., August 23, 2018 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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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