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 Course. 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; and seed saving.

GYG Upcoming Classes

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Fruit Tree Care American River Ranch
  • Sat., December 1, 2018 1:00pm

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. Half of this class will be held outside in the orchard, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

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Herbal Studies

We offer both individual herbal classes and longer courses, such as the Family Herbalist Course Beginners Program and the Intermediate Herbalist 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 and more.

Herbal Studies Upcoming Classes

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Herbs for Healthy Digestion American River Ranch
  • Sat., December 1, 2018 9:00am

Traditional medicine views the digestive system as the root of our health. Current science supports this concept, as we continue to understand the complex role of digestive function, including the digestive microbiome, on overall health. This class will focus on building a healthy digestive system through herbs, diet and positive habits. The format will include lecture, hands-on activities, herbal recipes and the materials needed to make herbal preparations to take home.

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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. Cooking Out of the CSA Box is a monthly class which shows you how to prepare the seasonal produce in your CSA farm box. 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.

Culinary Arts Upcoming Classes

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Wild Edibles: Acorns American River Ranch
  • Tue., December 4, 2018 6:00pm

Learn how to forage and cook with wild edible foods. Acorns are nutritious, high in protein and naturally gluten free. This hands-on class focuses on how to make acorns into a tasty flour. You’ll go home with recipes on how to cook with this healthy alternative to white flour. Other wild foods may be offered depending on seasonal availability. You will develop the skills and confidence to start wild foraging on your own.

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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

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Introduction to Urban Backyard Beekeeping American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 17, 2018 9:00am

Are you planning to start your first backyard beehive this spring? Or are you just curious about urban beekeeping? Do you consider yourself a beginner beekeeper and want to learn new strategies or brush up on your beekeeping skills? This workshop will cover the basics for a successful start to backyard beekeeping.

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Gifts from the Garden American River Ranch
  • Thu., December 6, 2018 6:00pm

Handmade gifts are a wonderful, creative way to send a caring message to the recipient. When the ingredients are homegrown, they are even more special. In this class, we will explore beautiful, practical ideas for gifts from the natural world. We will also discuss how and when to grow plants, so you can plan a garden that will increase your gift giving potential.

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Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., December 8, 2018 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

Event Venue Date Description
Succulent Wreath Workshop American River Ranch
  • Wed., December 5, 2018 6:00pm

Discover how to make beautiful succulent wreaths while making your own to take home. You will learn how to prepare cuttings, how to care for your wreath to keep it beautiful year after year and how to use different design principles to create a wreath that can be hung up or used as a holiday centerpiece. Students should bring a hot glue gun and 5-10 glue sticks.

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Gifts from the Garden American River Ranch
  • Thu., December 6, 2018 6:00pm

Handmade gifts are a wonderful, creative way to send a caring message to the recipient. When the ingredients are homegrown, they are even more special. In this class, we will explore beautiful, practical ideas for gifts from the natural world. We will also discuss how and when to grow plants, so you can plan a garden that will increase your gift giving potential.

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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 annual 2-day symposium.

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