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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Preparing a Spring Garden American River Ranch
  • March 3, 2018 1:30 pm

Learn how to plan your garden space and prepare, plant and care for an abundant, thriving spring garden. This class is for new gardeners or for gardeners who are new to the region.

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Free Composting Workshop American River Ranch
  • March 7, 2018 6:00 pm

Vermicomposting, the science of composting with worms, is an effective and easy way to put nutrients back into the soil and reduce waste in landfills. In this free class, we’ll discuss the basics of how to start and maintain a thriving vermiculture bin.

Family Herbalist Course Beginners Program 2017-2018 American River Ranch
  • March 10, 2018 10:00 am

with Rev. Candis Cantin, Integrative Herbalist, Counselor & Teacher Second Saturdays, 10am – 4:30pm: October 14 • November 11 • December 9 • January 13 • February 10 • March 10 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 (more…)

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Gardening with Native Plants: Inspiration from our National Parks American River Ranch
  • March 17, 2018 1:00 pm

Learn about local native plants and the benefits of gardening with California native plants. They are drought tolerant, low maintenance, beautiful and attract wildlife. Elderberry Farms grow about 120 different local native plant species. Come and see some favorite plants that make appearances in Yosemite, Zion, Great Basin, Bryce, Mesa Verde National Parks as well as the American River Parkway.

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Beginning Home Gardener Weekend Intensive American River Ranch
  • March 24, 2018 9:00 am

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.

Spring Gardening Clinic & Organic Plant Sale American River Ranch
  • April 7, 2018 9:00 am

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 spring garden.

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

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!

Introduction to Permaculture and Forest Garden Design American River Ranch
  • April 28, 2018 1:00 pm

You will get a crash course on how and why permaculture works, and then learn how to establish a food forest garden that is the best physical manifestation of nature. This class is lecture and hands-on.


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