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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Beginning Home Gardener Weekend Intensive American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 20, 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.

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Kitchen Gardening American River Ranch
  • Thu., October 25, 2018 6:00pm

Imagine the joy and ease of harvesting fresh herbs and succulent greens from your backyard or balcony to prepare your daily meals. In this class you will learn how to determine the best location for your kitchen garden and get resources to start growing or refine your current garden to maximize satisfaction in the kitchen.

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Sustaining the Environment with Native Plants American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 3, 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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Introduction to Permaculture and Forest Garden Design American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 10, 2018 12:00pm

Permaculture uses nature’s design to grow food, fuel, fiber and medicine for our needs while also enhancing the land at the same time. You will get a crash course on how and why permaculture works, learn how to establish a food forest garden that is the best physical manifestation of nature and how to create a social demonstration model in your neighborhood. This class is lecture and hands-on.

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Fruit Tree Care American River Ranch
  • Sat., December 1, 2018 1:00pm

Proper care of fruit trees can boost their health and maximize their production. In this informational and hands-on workshop, we will cover general fruit tree science and how to prepare your trees for winter and early dormant season pruning. Half of this class will be held outside in the orchard, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

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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