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 Plants Walk 12-10-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., December 10, 2022 9:00am

Take a leisurely tour of Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery which grows about 120 different local native plant species. Learn about the benefits of growing native plants and their adaptability to limited water resources and climate change.

Crop Planning and Rotation 12-10-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., December 10, 2022 9:00am

Learn the fundamentals of crop planning and rotation. This essential and often overlooked practice is the only way to ensure continuous supply of your favorite crops and contribute to your improved skill as a grower.

World of Homemade Salves and Balms (For Gift Giving and Beyond) 12-10-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., December 10, 2022 10:00am

Sidestep the allure of the natural products aisle and make your own balms and salves. By learning the basics of homemade skin products, you can make the exact product you need for your skin and share it with friends and family.

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Ask a Farmer: A Grow Your Groceries Class Series on Zoom American River Ranch
  • Tue., December 13, 2022 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.


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