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
Irrigation for the Home Gardener American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 10, 2021 9:00am

Learn the basic concepts of drip irrigation, tools, design and system management and gain experience on assembly and installation techniques in this hands-on workshop.

Work and Learn Days American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 17, 2021 8:00am

Work and Learn Days are opportunities to gain knowledge, build hands-on skills and meet new friends. We will be working outdoors in Sustainability Square which will become a dynamic hands-on learning space for our adult and youth education programs. Work and Learn: Herb Spiral Saturday, July 17, 8-11:30 am Work and Learn: Compost and Vermicompost (more…)

Ask a Farmer - A Grow Your Groceries Class Series on Zoom
  • Tue., July 20, 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. $15 per class or $150 for series (save $30).


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