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
Regenerative Agriculture Farm Tour 1-29-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., January 29, 2022 9:30am

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
Winter Fruit Tree Pruning American River Ranch
  • Sat., January 29, 2022 10:00am

Shawn Harrison, Soil Born Farms Founder and Co-Director, will cover tree basics and early winter care including basics of
winter pruning.

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Native Plants Walk 2-5-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 5, 2022 9:30am

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
Ask a Farmer - A Grow Your Groceries Class Series on Zoom
  • Tue., February 8, 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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Seed Sowing for the Home Gardener and Farm Enthusiast American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 12, 2022 10:00am

Learn how to make a balanced potting soil mix, sow for succession planting, germinate seeds and ensure that your seedlings thrive.

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Families on the Farm: It Starts with the Soil American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 26, 2022 10:00am

Join us in the Youth Garden to learn about cover crops, composting, and all the bugs that help keep our soil healthy and thriving

Register
Regenerative Agriculture Farm Tour 3-5-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 5, 2022 9:30am

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 a Spring Garden 3-12-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 12, 2022 10:00am

Learn how to plan your garden space and prepare, plant and care for an abundant, thriving spring garden. This class is for new gardeners or for gardeners who are new to the region.

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Native Plants Walk 3-26-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 26, 2022 9:30am

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
Urban Backyard Beekeeping for Beginners American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 26, 2022 10:00am

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
Families on the Farm: Spring Gardening with Kids American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 26, 2022 10:00am

Join our Youth Education team for a morning of hard work and dirty hands as we prepare our garden beds for an abundant spring.

Register
Gardening with Native Plants 4-9-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., April 9, 2022 9:30am

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

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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
The Art of Herbal Medicine Making 2-5-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 5, 2022 10:00am

This introductory class will cover simple herbal remedies you can make at home, and when and how to use them. We will discuss herbal teas, tinctures, oils, salves, and herbal foods. Daylin will demonstrate how to make herbal remedies. Participants will get recipes to make their own herbal products at home.

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Spring Herbal Wellness 3-5-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 5, 2022 10:00am

Address seasonal allergies and their underlying causes, learn ealthy ways to do a spring cleanse, and learn about herbs for collecting, eating and using medicinally to support overall health and vitality.

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Herb Walk 3-12-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 12, 2022 9:30am

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

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
Regenerative Agriculture Farm Tour 1-29-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., January 29, 2022 9:30am

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 2-5-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 5, 2022 9:30am

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 2-12-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 12, 2022 9:30am

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

Register
Exploration in Nature 2-26-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 26, 2022 9:30am

Join naturalist Cliff Hawley to explore the plants, animals, and relationships that make up the environment of the American River Ranch.

Register
Families on the Farm: It Starts with the Soil American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 26, 2022 10:00am

Join us in the Youth Garden to learn about cover crops, composting, and all the bugs that help keep our soil healthy and thriving

Register
Regenerative Agriculture Farm Tour 3-5-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 5, 2022 9:30am

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
Herb Walk 3-12-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 12, 2022 9:30am

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
Bird Walk 3-12-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 12, 2022 9:30am

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

Register
Native Plants Walk 3-26-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 26, 2022 9:30am

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
Urban Backyard Beekeeping for Beginners American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 26, 2022 10:00am

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
Families on the Farm: Spring Gardening with Kids American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 26, 2022 10:00am

Join our Youth Education team for a morning of hard work and dirty hands as we prepare our garden beds for an abundant spring.

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

Event Venue Date Description
Raising Backyard Chickens 2-26-22 American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 26, 2022 10:00am

Raising chickens in your yard is educational, fun and rewarding. Besides fresh eggs, they provide the added benefits of soil fertility and pest control. You will learn how to choose the right breeds, provide proper housing, and make sure your chickens are healthy and producing the best eggs you have ever tasted.

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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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