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.)

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
Beginning Home Gardener Weekend Intensive American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 30, 2019 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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Spring Plant Sale American River Ranch
  • Sat., April 6, 2019 9:00am

Join us for our collaborative plant sale with Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery & Demo Garden, a project of California Native Plant Society. Fill your spring garden with organic vegetable starts, medicinal and culinary herbs and flower starts grown in the Soil Born Farms Greenhouse and native plants from Elderberry Farms Nursery, Hedgerow Farms, WildJules Seedballs and Cornflower Farms. Featuring guest speaker, Wendy Johnson, the author of Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate.

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The Farming Life: An Intimate Ecology with Wendy Johnson American River Ranch
  • Sat., April 6, 2019 11:00am

Soil Born Farms Speaker Series: Organic Farming Legends. The Farming Life: An Intimate Ecology. Wendy Johnson, author of Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate, is a Buddhist meditation teacher and organic gardening mentor who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. As one of the founders of the organic farming program at Green Gulch Farm ZenCenter, Wendy has been teaching organic agriculture and meditation for decades. 11am to 12pm in the Schoolhouse. Space is limited. Please register in advance to reserve a seat. $13 suggested donation, proceeds benefit the American River Ranch Restoration & Development Project. 12pm Join Wendy for a ceremonial fruit tree planting and blessing for our newyouth garden orchard. Everyone welcome. 10:30am and from 1 to 2pm Wendy will be signing her book Gardening at the Dragon’s Gatenear the Farmstand.

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Garden to Vase: Growing Cut Flowers American River Ranch
  • Wed., April 10, 2019 5:30pm

Grow beautiful flowers without tilling the soil. We will talk about how to grow no-till flowering perennials and annuals that do well in our climate throughout the seasons. Students will learn the best flowers for cutting as well as the basics of harvesting and arranging. This is a lecture and demonstration style class.

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Family Herbalist Course Beginners Program 2019 American River Ranch
  • Sat., April 13, 2019 10:00am

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 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!

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Preparing a Summer Garden American River Ranch
  • Wed., April 17, 2019 5:30pm

Plan your garden space for optimal production and enjoyment in this hands-on class. You will learn how to prepare, plant and care for an abundant, thriving summer garden. We will discuss starting seeds, crop selection, garden layout, and more. This class is perfect for brand new gardeners or for those who are new to this growing region.

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Building Soil Fertility American River Ranch
  • Thu., April 18, 2019 5:30pm

Healthy soil is the foundation of a bountiful garden. In this hands-on class, we will assess which nutrients and amendments healthy soils need and find resourceful ways to create flourishing crops for your home garden or family farm.

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Gardening with Native Plants American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 4, 2019 1:00pm

Get a hands on introduction to planting, growing, and planning your garden with native plants. There’s nothing easier to grow than the natives, but it takes just a bit more observation and knowledge to get them to thrive. Journey with me into Sacramento’s native plants and be a part of the growing number of people who contribute to the sustainability of the ecosystem in which we live.

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Homegrown Herbalism Course American River Ranch
  • Wed., May 8, 2019 5:30pm

This course is an opportunity to explore herbal medicine from soil to teacup. Participants will learn the basics of planning, starting, and maintaining an herb garden, plant harvesting and storage, safe and sustainable collection of wild medicinal plants, making home remedies for use throughout the year, and the specific applications for several medicinal plants. This is primarily a hands-on, outdoor class, with lecture woven in.

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Managing Pests American River Ranch
  • Sat., June 15, 2019 9:00am

We will review common garden pests in the Sacramento areas and how to manage them without toxic pesticides. There will be a special focus on beneficial insects. A portion of the class will be outside in the field to find and identify pests and their natural enemies on site.

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Intermediate Urban Backyard Beekeeping American River Ranch
  • Sat., June 29, 2019 10:00am

This workshop is designed for backyard beekeepers interested in learning intermediate level skills. There’s no prerequisite knowledge required, but it will be more advanced than an introductory level workshop. We will have a short lecture and group learning style introduction to topics and then an apiary tour with open hive inspection with practical, hands on skills to move you to the next level of beekeeping.

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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
Intermediate Herbalist Course: Part A American River Ranch
  • Sun., April 7, 2019 10:00am

This course is for those who have completed Candis’ Beginners Program or its equivalent with another school or teacher.*
The intermediate curriculum continues to explore Ayurvedic and Chinese healing systems in greater depth.

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Family Herbalist Course Beginners Program 2019 American River Ranch
  • Sat., April 13, 2019 10:00am

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 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!

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Herbal First Aid American River Ranch
  • Tue., April 16, 2019 5:30pm

Empower yourself to handle non-emergency first aid situations using plant-based remedies. We will discuss preparations to be kept on hand for minor injuries and illnesses, learn to create home and travel first aid kits, and identify first aid plants you may find in the wilderness. We will make herbal preparations in class to get you started on your kit.

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American River Herb Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., April 20, 2019 10:30am

Join Candis Cantin for a fascinating herb walk on the farm and the American River Parkway. We will identify and discuss more than 25 edible and medicinal plants during this easy walk.

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Intermediate Herbalist Course: Part B American River Ranch
  • Sun., April 28, 2019 10:00am

This course is for those who have completed Candis’ Part A Program or its equivalent with another school or teacher.*
The intermediate curriculum continues to explore Ayurvedic and Chinese healing systems in greater depth.

Register
Homegrown Herbalism Course American River Ranch
  • Wed., May 8, 2019 5:30pm

This course is an opportunity to explore herbal medicine from soil to teacup. Participants will learn the basics of planning, starting, and maintaining an herb garden, plant harvesting and storage, safe and sustainable collection of wild medicinal plants, making home remedies for use throughout the year, and the specific applications for several medicinal plants. This is primarily a hands-on, outdoor class, with lecture woven in.

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Graceful Aging with Herbal & Lifestyle Wisdom American River Ranch
  • Sat., June 22, 2019 10:00am

Many times people do not know what to expect or how to maintain health as they enter their middle and elder years of life. Learn about herbs and foods that will keep your vitality, mind and spirit supported and enhanced as you age. We will discuss what it means to get older and enter into a new “room” in our life. Topics will include bone, heart and circulatory health as well as cognitive well-being.

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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

Event Venue Date Description
Produce with a Purpose: Greens with Envy American River Ranch
  • Thu., March 28, 2019 6:00pm

Did your doctor tell you to eat more produce? Eating healthy doesn’t have to be overwhelming and sure doesn’t have to taste like dirt and twigs. Join us each month for useful, wellness-boosting information; a cooking demo of stupid-easy, madly tasty, secretly healthy, plant-centric dishes; and a garden-foods goodie bag to take home. Leafy greens don’t have to be something you eat just because mom says they’re good for you. From baby bok choy to mizuna, the variety of tastes and textures are endless. We will sample different greens, learn about the benefits of leafy veggies, and try a couple of delicious recipes.

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Intro to Gluten Free Baking: Savory and Sweet American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 30, 2019 1:00pm

Learn to make a versatile gluten free bread that tastes great and is easy to make. We’ll also make a fool proof cake that will become a family favorite. This class will be demonstration with some hands-on. Enjoy a bowl of homemade vegetarian soup alongside your freshly baked bread and end class with a slice of delicious cake.

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Produce with a Purpose: Container Garden Cuisine
  • Thu., April 11, 2019 6:00pm

Come to our monthly Produce with a Purpose class to learn the super-powers of fruit and veggies (for resisting cancer, diabetes, heart disease and more), enjoy a cooking demo and tasting, and boost your wellness. Take home a goodie bag of locally-grown, farm-fresh, organic produce, too. This month’s theme is container garden cuisine: What can you grow in pots, on your patio and in small spaces to add to your fresh healthy diet? Not everyone can farm their food, but on the other hand, we know freshness counts for flavor and nutritional value. Let’s see what can we do that’s easy, small scale and yummy.

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Cooking Out of the CSA Box American River Ranch
  • Wed., April 17, 2019 6:00pm

Explore and master simple vegetarian recipes that will fill your bellies and the whole family will enjoy. Learn the nutritional benefits and a variety of techniques to cook the veggies we love. Perfect for anyone who receives a CSA box or people who are looking for new ways to cook with fresh seasonal produce. Generous samples provided.

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Honing Your Knife Skills American River Ranch
  • Sat., April 20, 2019 3:00pm

Better Knife skills will improve your cooking beyond measure. There’s so much more than just slicing and dicing, and with proper knife techniques, prepping will be easier and quicker. In this hands on class, you’ll learn the basics, plus simple and beautiful garnishes. Learn how to choose a good knife without spending a fortune, and how to keep your knives sharp and well cared for. You’ll leave with recipes and a bounty of chopped produce ready to turn into dinners for the week. Please bring a chef’s knife, a paring knife and a cutting board to class.

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FREE Make Your Own Solar Cooker American River Ranch
  • Sat., June 1, 2019 9:00am

You will be surprised how easy it is to prepare delicious food with only the power of the sun. Join us for this family friendly class in which we will explore the different types of solar cookers, share some of the best solar cooking recipes, and provide you materials to build your own solar cookers (limit 2 per family).

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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 American River Ranch
  • Sat., April 6, 2019 8:00am

Start your morning off with a pleasant walk around American River Ranch. We will experience a variety of resident birds along with winter, migrant, or summer birds depending on the season. This walk is ideal for beginner to intermediate birdwatchers.

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American River Herb Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., April 20, 2019 10:30am

Join Candis Cantin for a fascinating herb walk on the farm and the American River Parkway. We will identify and discuss more than 25 edible and medicinal plants during this easy walk.

Register
Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., June 8, 2019 8:00am

Start your morning off with a pleasant walk around American River Ranch. We will experience a variety of resident birds along with winter, migrant, or summer birds depending on the season. This walk is ideal for beginner to intermediate birdwatchers.

Register
Intermediate Urban Backyard Beekeeping American River Ranch
  • Sat., June 29, 2019 10:00am

This workshop is designed for backyard beekeepers interested in learning intermediate level skills. There’s no prerequisite knowledge required, but it will be more advanced than an introductory level workshop. We will have a short lecture and group learning style introduction to topics and then an apiary tour with open hive inspection with practical, hands on skills to move you to the next level of beekeeping.

Register
Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 20, 2019 8:00am

Start your morning off with a pleasant walk around American River Ranch. We will experience a variety of resident birds along with winter, migrant, or summer birds depending on the season. This walk is ideal for beginner to intermediate birdwatchers.

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Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 17, 2019 8:00am

Start your morning off with a pleasant walk around American River Ranch. We will experience a variety of resident birds along with winter, migrant, or summer birds depending on the season. This walk is ideal for beginner to intermediate birdwatchers.

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Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., September 14, 2019 8:00am

Start your morning off with a pleasant walk around American River Ranch. We will experience a variety of resident birds along with winter, migrant, or summer birds depending on the season. This walk is ideal for beginner to intermediate birdwatchers.

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Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 19, 2019 8:00am

Start your morning off with a pleasant walk around American River Ranch. We will experience a variety of resident birds along with winter, migrant, or summer birds depending on the season. This walk is ideal for beginner to intermediate birdwatchers.

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Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 9, 2019 8:00am

Start your morning off with a pleasant walk around American River Ranch. We will experience a variety of resident birds along with winter, migrant, or summer birds depending on the season. This walk is ideal for beginner to intermediate birdwatchers.

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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

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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 an biannual 2-day symposium.

Teacher Training Upcoming Classes

Event Venue Date Description
A-Buzz With Life, Bringing Pollinators to Your School Garden American River Ranch
  • Wed., April 24, 2019 3:30pm

Attract pollinators of all types to your garden through planning and stewardship. Teach students about the process of pollination and the unique creatures that are critical to our food supply. Learn about a student-led project that relates to native bees. You will leave this workshop BUZZING with excitement. Join us for happy hour and networking after the workshop.

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Creating a Plan for a Sustainable School Garden American River Ranch
  • Tue., June 18, 2019 9:00am

What do I plant in the school garden? Which lessons are best for each season? What do I share with others to get funding? This workshop will answer all your questions. You will work on plans that relate to curriculum, planting, and funding. It will be fun and engaging while setting you and your school garden program on the path to success and sustainability.

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Next Generation Science Standards Curriculum for the School Garden American River Ranch
  • Tue., July 23, 2019 9:00am

Practice 4 NGSS aligned units that can be used in partnership with a school garden or outdoor learning space. You will practice activities, prepare the materials, learn games, and be challenged to use your critical thinking in the process.

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Create It - School Garden Games, Recipes, Signage and Education Tools American River Ranch
  • Tue., August 20, 2019 9:00am

This is a hands-on workshop that will help you manage and facilitate your garden space well. You will learn to use the produce in your garden, create signage, play educational games and facilitate engaging activities in. Come in your work clothes.

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