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., July 12, 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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Native Plants & Drought Tolerant Landscapes 7-13-22 American River Ranch
  • Wed., July 13, 2022 6:00pm

Learn about drought tolerant plants that are perfect for your front or backyard landscape in this hands-on class. Help install a demo landscape in Soil Born Farm’s Sustainability Square while you learn about and become familiar with various plant options. Families are welcome.

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Regenerative Agriculture Farm Tour 7-16-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 16, 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.

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Drip Irrigation Basics 7-27-22 American River Ranch
  • Wed., July 27, 2022 6:00pm

Come learn about the basic parts for drip irrigation while you help to assemble a system for one of our new gardens. You’ll walk away with the knowledge to install your own.

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Native Plants Walk 7-30-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 30, 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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Growing Culinary & Medicinal Herbs 7-30-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 30, 2022 9:00am

This class offers classroom and hands-on instruction for growing an array of medicinal and culinary herbs, and an introduction to harvesting and using what you grow.

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Summer Cover Crops 7-30-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 30, 2022 9:00am

This class will teach you all about the benefits of planting cover crops during the summer, why summer cover crops are critical in our climate, insights on species selection, and tips for successful cover crops.

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Summer Fruit Tree Care 8-6-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 6, 2022 9:00am

Proper care of fruit trees can boost their health and maximize their production. This is a hands-on class focused on learning how to summer prune and provide other necessary care for your fruit trees.

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Cut Flower Garden: Harvesting & Arranging Summer Blooms 8-6-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 6, 2022 9:00am

Learn how Soil Born Farms keeps our cut flower garden producing all summer long as we tour our growing spaces, harvesting as we go. Arrange a beautiful, seasonal bouquet of your own with tips from our own farm florist.

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The Basics of Composting & Vermicomposting 8-10-22 American River Ranch
  • Wed., August 10, 2022 6:00pm

In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of composting and vermicomposting, while working in our demonstration compost area. Families are welcome.

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Summer Gardening with Native Plants 8-13-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 13, 2022 9:00am

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

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Regenerative Agriculture Farm Tour 8-13-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 13, 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
Preparing Your Fall Garden Beds 8-20-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 20, 2022 9:00am

Sacramento has a perfect climate for growing a wide variety of vegetables all year long. This hands-on class will focus on all of the best techniques and considerations needed to prepare your garden beds for planting.

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The Magic of Growing Plants from Seeds 8-20-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 20, 2022 10:00am

Want to get the whole family involved in gardening? In this hands-on class, you and your family members will work together and learn how to plant seeds. You will practice preparing a garden bed and amending the soil.

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Fall Gardening Clinic & Organic Plant Sale American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 27, 2022 8:00am

Free classes, talks and tours. Learn how to grow vibrant, tasty, and healthy plants from Soil Born Farm’s knowledgeable staff and community educators. This is a rain or shine event. Registration will occur at the event ONLY and be on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit our Greenhouse and Garden Shop to fill your garden with vegetable starts, edible perennials, medicinal and culinary herbs, succulents and fruit trees which will provide food and beauty through the fall and winter.

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Preparing Raised Garden Beds 9-7-22 American River Ranch
  • Wed., September 7, 2022 6:00pm

Learn how to transition your raised garden beds from summer to fall in this hands-on class. In this class you will help prep garden beds here at Soil Born Farms and learn all about seeding, transplanting, irrigation, soil health and sustainable garden practices.

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Native Plants Walk 9-10-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., September 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
Propagation for the Home Gardener 9-10-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., September 10, 2022 10:00am

Learn to propagate your beloved outdoor perennial plants to expand your garden and share with your friends and family. Observe and practice making cuttings, taking divisions of plants and more throughout the farm.

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Seed Saving 9-24-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., September 24, 2022 9:00am

Learn how to save seeds from your favorite crops. We will discuss the importance of seed saving, how to care for the plants to assure a good seed supply and how to create the right environment to save seeds.

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Regenerative Agriculture Farm Tour 9-24-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., September 24, 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
Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping 9-24-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., September 24, 2022 9:00am

This class focuses on natural beekeeping practices in an urban setting and strategies to keep bees healthy. Learn the practical skills you will need to prepare your own backyard beehive and discuss bee biology, beekeeping equipment, maintenance and basic troubleshooting.

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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
Herb Walk 7-9-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 9, 2022 9:00am

Explore the herbs that grow on the American River Ranch. Learn the identification, properties and uses of medicinal and culinary herbs to enhance health and well-being.

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Growing Culinary & Medicinal Herbs 7-30-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 30, 2022 9:00am

This class offers classroom and hands-on instruction for growing an array of medicinal and culinary herbs, and an introduction to harvesting and using what you grow.

Register
The Autumn Herbal 9-10-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., September 10, 2022 9:00am

Autumn is a wonderful time to focus on boosting overall health and addressing challenges such as exhaustion and low immunity during the cold/flu season, and opportunities such as the prevention of springtime allergies. This class will introduce the plant remedies growing around us this time of year, and how to support the body and mind with herbs, diet, and habits as we transition into the cooler, darker months.

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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

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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
Nature Lovers Walk 7-9-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 9, 2022 8:00am

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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Herb Walk 7-9-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 9, 2022 9:00am

Explore the herbs that grow on the American River Ranch. Learn the identification, properties and uses of medicinal and culinary herbs to enhance health and well-being.

Register
Regenerative Agriculture Farm Tour 7-16-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 16, 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 7-16-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 16, 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 7-23-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 23, 2022 8:00am

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

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Native Plants Walk 7-30-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 30, 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
Nature Lovers Walk 8-6-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 6, 2022 8:00am

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.

Register
Regenerative Agriculture Farm Tour 8-13-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 13, 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
The Magic of Growing Plants from Seeds 8-20-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 20, 2022 10:00am

Want to get the whole family involved in gardening? In this hands-on class, you and your family members will work together and learn how to plant seeds. You will practice preparing a garden bed and amending the soil.

Register
Bird Walk 8-27-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 27, 2022 8:00am

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

Register
Nature Lovers Walk 9-3-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., September 3, 2022 8:00am

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.

Register
Native Plants Walk 9-10-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., September 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
Bird Walk 9-24-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., September 24, 2022 8:00am

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

Register
Regenerative Agriculture Farm Tour 9-24-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., September 24, 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
Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping 9-24-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., September 24, 2022 9:00am

This class focuses on natural beekeeping practices in an urban setting and strategies to keep bees healthy. Learn the practical skills you will need to prepare your own backyard beehive and discuss bee biology, beekeeping equipment, maintenance and basic troubleshooting.

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

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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 a biannual symposium.

Teacher Training Upcoming Classes

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