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 July-Sept 2019 >>

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
Experience the Secret Life of Bees American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 27, 2019 10:00am

Experience the secret life of honey bees at American River Ranch. You will learn how bees are vital to our environment and how they live together and function. After a walk around the farm and identifying pollinator attracting plants, you will put on a beekeeping suit and see the bees up close and personal in the apiary. Then you’ll enjoy a honey tasting paired with organic fruit pollinated by the bees you just visited. During the honey tasting, there will be more discussion about bees, pollination and honey. Suggested ages 12 years and older. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and socks that cover their ankles. 

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Edible Gardening in Small Spaces American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 3, 2019 9:00am

In this hands-on class for beginners, we will cover all the need-to-know basics of growing food in small spaces. We will cover proper soil, water, sunlight exposure, seasonality of plants, and create a customized garden plan for your space. A majority of class will be outside learning through experience.

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Basics of Homesteading
  • Sat., August 3, 2019 1:00pm

With the recent farm-to-fork movement in our area, people are looking to get back to the fundamentals of living in harmony with nature. While it can seem complicated and intimidating to venture into the world of homesteading, there are a few small ways you can begin to explore this wonderfully rewarding lifestyle. Anne of Anvil Acre Farm, a suburban homestead in rural Sacramento, will help you get started on creating a plan for your own beginner homestead – no matter what your skill level. Topics covered will include: food preservation, rotational gardening, livestock selection and care, homemade products and skills to acquire, property size and layout, and much more.

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Family Herbalist Course Beginners Program 2019 American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 10, 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 Fall Garden American River Ranch
  • Tue., August 13, 2019 5:30pm

Summer is the time to start planning your fall garden. Sacramento has a perfect climate for growing a wide variety of vegetables all year. You will learn about seasonal crops, fall garden tasks and how to ensure your garden is productive. We’ll talk about turning over summer crops, and how to think about the changing sunlight in autumn. This class will be a combination of lecture and hands-on gardening.

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Experience the Secret Life of Bees American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 24, 2019 12:00pm

Experience the secret life of honey bees at American River Ranch. You will learn how bees are vital to our environment and how they live together and function. After a walk around the farm and identifying pollinator attracting plants, you will put on a beekeeping suit and see the bees up close and personal in the apiary. Then you’ll enjoy a honey tasting paired with organic fruit pollinated by the bees you just visited. During the honey tasting, there will be more discussion about bees, pollination and honey. Suggested ages 12 years and older. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and socks that cover their ankles. 

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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
Keep Your Brain Healthy with Foods, Herbs and Games American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 27, 2019 10:00am

There are many new scientific breakthroughs on keeping our brains healthy. It has been found that watching television and electronic devices can lower the brain activity by 25%. Also, lack of healthy fats in the diet can be detrimental to the brain as well. Sleep stimulates what is known as the “glymphatic system” which is the cleansing mechanism of the brain while sleeping. We will discuss how to optimize your brain health and share recipes of foods and herbs and games that support brain function.

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Intermediate Herbalist Course: Part B American River Ranch
  • Sun., July 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.

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Intermediate Herbalist Course: Part A American River Ranch
  • Sun., August 4, 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., August 10, 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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Growing Medicinal and Culinary Herbs American River Ranch
  • Tue., August 27, 2019 5:30pm

Medicinal and culinary herbs in the home garden can add flavor to your meals, home remedies to your medicine cabinet, and beauty, diversity, and beneficial insect habitat to your landscape. 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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The Autumn Herbal American River Ranch
  • Tue., September 24, 2019 5:30pm

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. The format will include lecture and hands-on activities indoors and outdoors. We will share a seasonal dinner which incorporates many of the ideas discussed in the class.

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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
Honing Your Knife Skills American River Ranch
  • Wed., July 24, 2019 6:00pm

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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Basics of Homesteading
  • Sat., August 3, 2019 1:00pm

With the recent farm-to-fork movement in our area, people are looking to get back to the fundamentals of living in harmony with nature. While it can seem complicated and intimidating to venture into the world of homesteading, there are a few small ways you can begin to explore this wonderfully rewarding lifestyle. Anne of Anvil Acre Farm, a suburban homestead in rural Sacramento, will help you get started on creating a plan for your own beginner homestead – no matter what your skill level. Topics covered will include: food preservation, rotational gardening, livestock selection and care, homemade products and skills to acquire, property size and layout, and much more.

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Summer Grilling American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 10, 2019 10:00am

Grill master Dio will show you everything you need to know to up your grilling game. Learn to make spice rubbed grilled chicken with charred tomato salsa, grilled shrimp with avocado cucumber relish, baby back ribs with honey mustard BBQ sauce, grilled vegetable and goat cheese salad, and grilled peaches with vanilla bean ice cream for dessert. You will sample each dish prepared.

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Garden to Pantry: Jammin’ American River Ranch
  • Thu., August 15, 2019 6:00pm

Nothing beats homemade Jam! In this hands-on class, we will use seasonal fruit to make a simple jam recipe. We’ll cover the basics of making jam at home: selecting and preparing the fruit; preparing and filling the jars and processing the jam. Each participant will leave with their own jar of jam and the confidence to make more at home.

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Cooking Out of the CSA Box American River Ranch
  • Wed., August 28, 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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Garden to Pantry: Pickling Vegetables American River Ranch
  • Thu., September 12, 2019 6:00pm

Homemade pickles are fun, colorful, and easy. In this hands-on class, we’ll use seasonal produce to make pickles. We’ll cover the basics of home canning and pickling. Selecting and preparing the vegetables, preparing and filling the jars, and processing the pickles in a boiling water bath. Each participant will leave with a jar of pickles and the confidence to make more at home.

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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., 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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Family Nature Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 27, 2019 9:00am

Join Cliff Hawley for an opportunity to observe what nature has to offer on a walking tour of the American River Ranch. We’ll explore the plants, animals, and relationships that make up the environment of this special place. This walk is family friendly, but recommended for kids 5 and up.

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Experience the Secret Life of Bees American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 27, 2019 10:00am

Experience the secret life of honey bees at American River Ranch. You will learn how bees are vital to our environment and how they live together and function. After a walk around the farm and identifying pollinator attracting plants, you will put on a beekeeping suit and see the bees up close and personal in the apiary. Then you’ll enjoy a honey tasting paired with organic fruit pollinated by the bees you just visited. During the honey tasting, there will be more discussion about bees, pollination and honey. Suggested ages 12 years and older. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and socks that cover their ankles. 

Register
Basics of Homesteading
  • Sat., August 3, 2019 1:00pm

With the recent farm-to-fork movement in our area, people are looking to get back to the fundamentals of living in harmony with nature. While it can seem complicated and intimidating to venture into the world of homesteading, there are a few small ways you can begin to explore this wonderfully rewarding lifestyle. Anne of Anvil Acre Farm, a suburban homestead in rural Sacramento, will help you get started on creating a plan for your own beginner homestead – no matter what your skill level. Topics covered will include: food preservation, rotational gardening, livestock selection and care, homemade products and skills to acquire, property size and layout, and much more.

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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.

Register
Family Nature Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 24, 2019 9:00am

Join Cliff Hawley for an opportunity to observe what nature has to offer on a walking tour of the American River Ranch. We’ll explore the plants, animals, and relationships that make up the environment of this special place. This walk is family friendly, but recommended for kids 5 and up.

Register
Experience the Secret Life of Bees American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 24, 2019 12:00pm

Experience the secret life of honey bees at American River Ranch. You will learn how bees are vital to our environment and how they live together and function. After a walk around the farm and identifying pollinator attracting plants, you will put on a beekeeping suit and see the bees up close and personal in the apiary. Then you’ll enjoy a honey tasting paired with organic fruit pollinated by the bees you just visited. During the honey tasting, there will be more discussion about bees, pollination and honey. Suggested ages 12 years and older. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and socks that cover their ankles. 

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Harvesting Water
  • Sat., September 7, 2019 9:00am

Learn to use the water you already have for outdoor irrigation of shrubs, trees and vegetable gardens. With the changing climate we can expect more droughts like the recent 2011 to 2016 drought. Even with these challenges, we can still grow food and have a healthy vibrant landscape. Rainfall on our roofs and the laundry water from our washers can be used to keep a landscape healthy. Examples of integrated landscape solutions including low water use plants, rainwater and gray water will be provided in this workshop.

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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 12, 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 16, 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

Event Venue Date Description
Basics of Homesteading
  • Sat., August 3, 2019 1:00pm

With the recent farm-to-fork movement in our area, people are looking to get back to the fundamentals of living in harmony with nature. While it can seem complicated and intimidating to venture into the world of homesteading, there are a few small ways you can begin to explore this wonderfully rewarding lifestyle. Anne of Anvil Acre Farm, a suburban homestead in rural Sacramento, will help you get started on creating a plan for your own beginner homestead – no matter what your skill level. Topics covered will include: food preservation, rotational gardening, livestock selection and care, homemade products and skills to acquire, property size and layout, and much more.

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Raising Backyard Animals: Ducks and Goats
  • Sat., September 7, 2019 1:00pm

Ducks and goats, much like chickens, can be easy to raise if you have the right tools – knowledge, space, and commitment. When introducing a new animal to your property and your neighborhood, there is always a lot of research you must do, as well as a learning curve, but with the right awareness, and careful attention, ducks and goats can become a lovely and extremely entertaining, even productive and profitable, backyard addition. We’ll discuss the right feeds, space and hygiene requirements, breeding/birthing, first aid and veterinary skills, and putting your animals to use for eggs, milk, and more.

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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
Garden & Art to Soothe Stressed Children: Sowing the Seeds of Serenity American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 20, 2019 9:00am

This class has been cancelled due to low enrollment.
Garden and art activities can help children manage their big feelings and fears. In this class, adults will learn how to teach children that the garden is a safe and welcoming place where they can leave their stress behind. You will learn to teach resiliency skills, stress management skills, and self-soothing techniques that empower children and help them express themselves. You will leave with practical ideas that can help children ages 4 through 17. Recommended for parents, care providers and teachers (adults only). No art or garden experience is necessary.

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

This class is cancelled due to low enrollment. Check out School Garden Games, Recipes, Signage and Education Tools class which is on Tuesday, August 20 – Wednesday, August 21. 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. Come in your work clothes.

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