Adult Education

Hone Your Skills of Self-reliance and Environmental Stewardship

We offer adult students a diverse selection of classes: Gardening and grow your groceries, herbal studies, culinary arts, nature and environment, natural arts and crafts and animal husbandry to inspire you to participate in a local sustainable food system. The skills we teach go beyond self-reliance and environmental stewardship. With every interaction we open a world of possibilities to people who may never have had access to the beauty, wisdom and innate knowledge that our natural environment provides.

We offer both individual classes and longer courses. Some classes are offered through a partnership with the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op. (During the registration process, you will be redirected to Brown Paper Tickets. Even though some classes are offered through a partnership with SNFC, all classes are held at Soil Born Farms American River Ranch.) Download class schedule >>

Grow Your Groceries

These classes teach adults basic gardening skills to transform outdoor spaces into thriving, abundant edible organic gardens. We offer both individual classes and longer courses, such as the Beginning Home Gardener Weekend Intensive. Individual class topics include: 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.

GYG Upcoming Classes

Event Venue Date Description
Ask a Farmer: A Grow Your Groceries Class Series on Zoom American River Ranch
  • Tue., September 27, 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.

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Gardening with Native Plants 10-8-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 8, 2022 9:00am

Get a hands-on introduction to planting, growing and planning your garden with native plants.

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Backyard Beekeeping 10-8-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 8, 2022 9:00am

This class will focus on common beekeeping practices, including integrated pest management strategies in an urban setting, some DIY beekeeping ideas and skills to make sure you know all of your options to keep your bees healthy.

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Regenerative Agriculture Farm Tour 10-15-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 15, 2022 9:00am

Take a tour of the farm while learning the principles of regenerative agriculture. See how our farmers implement regenerative practices that revitalize the land and restore the historic American River Ranch.

Register
Herbs and Lifecycle Choices for Cold and Flu Season 10-15-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 15, 2022 9:00am

In this class, we will get you prepared for cold and flu season by mentally stocking your pantry with herbs, going through five recipes for winter wellness together, and by troubleshooting the lifestyle pitfalls that can often be the root cause of illness.

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Building Healthy Soils 10-15-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 15, 2022 9:00am

Join us for a discussion on the composition of soil and how we can improve it, so our crops and other plants will grow better. Discover how to assess what nutrients and amendments our soils need and find resourceful ways to create a flourishing home garden.

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Composting for the Home Gardener 11-5-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 5, 2022 9:00am

This hands-on class will teach participants how to make their own compost. We will look at different composting systems to fit your space considerations and practice building a compost pile.

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Regenerative Agriculture Farm Tour 11-12-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 12, 2022 9:00am

Take a tour of the farm while learning the principles of regenerative agriculture. See how our farmers implement regenerative practices that revitalize the land and restore the historic American River Ranch.

Register
Growing Garlic 11-12-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 12, 2022 9:00am

Learn the fundamentals of growing great garlic. In this class we will cover variety selection, fertility and water considerations, spacing and plant timing, harvest and curing, seed saving and more!

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Native Plants Walk 11-12-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 12, 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.

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Fire Cider and Infused Honey Recipes for Year Round Wellness 11-12-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 12, 2022 10:00am

We will talk about the benefits of vinegars and honey, as well as how to source the most medicinal ones available. You will get ten recipes: five versions of the folk tonic called fire cider, and five infused honeys for use in the kitchen and medicine cabinet.

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Winter Fruit Tree Care 11-19-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 19, 2022 9:00am

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.

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Regenerative Agriculture Farm Tour 12-3-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., December 3, 2022 9:00am

Take a tour of the farm while learning the principles of regenerative agriculture. See how our farmers implement regenerative practices that revitalize the land and restore the historic American River Ranch.

Register
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.

Register
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.

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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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Herbal Studies

We offer both individual herbal classes and longer courses, such as the Family Herbalist Course Beginners Program. the Intermediate Herbalist Courses Part A and B and the Homegrown Herbalism Course. Students will learn how to identify, grow and use herbs for health and wellness. Most classes are experiential with tasting, smelling, and hands-on activities with herbs. Topics include: basics of herbal medicine; the art of herbal medicine making (beginning and intermediate); the spring, autumn and winter herbal; growing medicinal and culinary herbs; herbal first aid; herb walks along the American River Parkway; introduction to aromatherapy and more.

Herbal Studies Upcoming Classes

Event Venue Date Description
Herbs and Lifecycle Choices for Cold and Flu Season 10-15-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 15, 2022 9:00am

In this class, we will get you prepared for cold and flu season by mentally stocking your pantry with herbs, going through five recipes for winter wellness together, and by troubleshooting the lifestyle pitfalls that can often be the root cause of illness.

Register
Fire Cider and Infused Honey Recipes for Year Round Wellness 11-12-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 12, 2022 10:00am

We will talk about the benefits of vinegars and honey, as well as how to source the most medicinal ones available. You will get ten recipes: five versions of the folk tonic called fire cider, and five infused honeys for use in the kitchen and medicine cabinet.

Register
Winter Herbal Wellness 11-19-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 19, 2022 9:30am

Learn techniques for using herbs, diet, and good habits for supporting mental and physical well-being and avoiding illness in the heart of Winter, so that we may emerge with greater energy and vitality in the Spring.

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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.

Register

Culinary Arts

Our culinary arts program features a variety of classes that teach adults the basic cooking skills to prepare fresh, whole foods into delicious, healthy meals. The Art of Home Cooking are seasonally-themed classes that inspire you to cook from scratch using basic techniques and wholesome ingredients. Topics include: soups and broths, sauces, greens, pizza, braising, stir-frying and grilling. The Meal Prep Hands-on Cooking workshops are offered monthly where the students prepare the components of seasonal recipes for the upcoming week’s meals (different types of proteins, a myriad of vegetables, a healthy grain and sauces). Participants leave the workshops with containers of prepped ingredients, a plan for the week and a selection of building-block recipes. The Garden to Pantry Food Preservation classes are a combination of hands-on and demonstration style. Students learn a variety of ways to preserve food utilizing the seasonal produce grown on the farm: canning, dehydration and fermentation.

Culinary Arts Upcoming Classes

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Nature and Environment

We offer bird walks along the American River Parkway where you will learn how to identify through sight and sound a variety of resident birds. The walks are ideal for beginner to intermediate birdwatchers. Herbal studies instructors lead herb walks along the American River Parkway to show students how to identify and use over 25 plants for food and medicine. Beekeeping classes are offered for the aspiring urban backyard beekeeper to those who are serious about beekeeping as a profession. All of our nature and environment classes are experiential, emphasizing our connection to the natural world and how to become stewards of the land.

Nature and Environment Upcoming Classes

Event Venue Date Description
Bird Walk 10-1-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 1, 2022 8:30am

Join naturalist Cliff Hawley to explore the bird, animal and plant life of the American River Ranch.

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Backyard Beekeeping 10-8-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 8, 2022 9:00am

This class will focus on common beekeeping practices, including integrated pest management strategies in an urban setting, some DIY beekeeping ideas and skills to make sure you know all of your options to keep your bees healthy.

Register
Regenerative Agriculture Farm Tour 10-15-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 15, 2022 9:00am

Take a tour of the farm while learning the principles of regenerative agriculture. See how our farmers implement regenerative practices that revitalize the land and restore the historic American River Ranch.

Register
Cordova Creek Walk 10-22-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 22, 2022 9:30am

Take a walk to Cordova Creek and learn about the dynamic ecosystem that is growing and changing daily after the restoration of this urban waterway.

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Bird Walk 10-29-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 29, 2022 8:30am

Join naturalist Cliff Hawley to explore the bird, animal and plant life of the American River Ranch.

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Nature Lovers Walk 11-5-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 5, 2022 8:30am

Explore the diversity of plants, birds, beneficial insects, animals and the web of relationships that coexist at the American River Ranch. Experience the magical moments nature has in store at this time of year.

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Composting for the Home Gardener 11-5-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 5, 2022 9:00am

This hands-on class will teach participants how to make their own compost. We will look at different composting systems to fit your space considerations and practice building a compost pile.

Register
Creating Dried Flower Wreaths 11-5-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 5, 2022 12:00pm

In this hands-on crafting class, we will learn all about which flowers work the best for drying and share our tips for creating gorgeous dried flower decor. All participants will create a wreath of their own to take home using the organic dried flowers from the farm.

Register
Regenerative Agriculture Farm Tour 11-12-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 12, 2022 9:00am

Take a tour of the farm while learning the principles of regenerative agriculture. See how our farmers implement regenerative practices that revitalize the land and restore the historic American River Ranch.

Register
Native Plants Walk 11-12-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 12, 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.

Register
Regenerative Agriculture Farm Tour 12-3-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., December 3, 2022 9:00am

Take a tour of the farm while learning the principles of regenerative agriculture. See how our farmers implement regenerative practices that revitalize the land and restore the historic American River Ranch.

Register
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.

Register

Natural Arts and Crafts

The joy of succulents are a variety of hands-on workshops that show you how to create beautiful and useful pieces of art made from succulent plants and other natural materials. Class topics include: succulent container gardens; succulents in a wine bottle; decorative succulent pumpkins; succulent terrariums and succulent wreaths. We will be adding woodworking, photography and art classes soon…

Natural Arts and Crafts Upcoming Classes

Event Venue Date Description
Creating Dried Flower Wreaths 11-5-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 5, 2022 12:00pm

In this hands-on crafting class, we will learn all about which flowers work the best for drying and share our tips for creating gorgeous dried flower decor. All participants will create a wreath of their own to take home using the organic dried flowers from the farm.

Register

Animal Husbandry

Every year we offer a raising backyard chickens workshop where you will learn how to raise chickens for egg production and soil fertility as well as choosing the right breeds, providing a healthy diet, housing and optimal care for your chickens.

Animal Husbandry Upcoming Classes

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Teacher Training

Growing Together is our teacher training program which supports the Garden in Every School movement, established by Delain Eastin. The goal is to develop sustainable garden programs that will impact campuses through healthy eating, science learning, connection to food and improving student pride in their school. Activities include hands-on workshops and a biannual symposium.

Teacher Training Upcoming Classes

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