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

Event Venue Date Description
Free Composting Workshop American River Ranch
  • Wed., October 3, 2018 6:00pm

Let’s turn our food and plant waste into something useful. Composting, or the act of breaking down organic matter, is a valuable tool for sustainable living. In this free class, we’ll discuss the basics of how to start, maintain, and harvest compost for your containers, gardens, yards, or community green spaces. Participants who are Rancho Cordova residents will receive a free composting bin (one per family) after showing proof of residency. All participants will be entered into a raffle to win prizes.

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Beginning Home Gardener Weekend Intensive American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 20, 2018 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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Kitchen Gardening American River Ranch
  • Thu., October 25, 2018 6:00pm

Imagine the joy and ease of harvesting fresh herbs and succulent greens from your backyard or balcony to prepare your daily meals. In this class you will learn how to determine the best location for your kitchen garden and get resources to start growing or refine your current garden to maximize satisfaction in the kitchen.

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Sustaining the Environment with Native Plants American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 3, 2018 9:00am

The better connections we have with the environment, the easier it becomes to sustain it. Using native plants for food and materials brings the connection we have with the environment to the forefront. Learn how to analyze plants for human use and how to collect them in a sustainable way.

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Introduction to Permaculture and Forest Garden Design American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 10, 2018 12:00pm

Permaculture uses nature’s design to grow food, fuel, fiber and medicine for our needs while also enhancing the land at the same time. You will get a crash course on how and why permaculture works, learn how to establish a food forest garden that is the best physical manifestation of nature and how to create a social demonstration model in your neighborhood. This class is lecture and hands-on.

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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

Event Venue Date Description
Building Vitality with Herbal and Lifestyle Wisdom American River Ranch
  • Sat., September 29, 2018 10:00am

Candis will discuss the seasons of our lives, how our energy changes, how to support our energy as we grow older and how to rebuild after operations, trauma and accidents. We will review many herbal “tonic” recipes. Tonic herbs are those that help to fortify, rebuild and strengthen our systems if used over time. This class will focus on tonic herbs in the Chinese and Ayurvedic healing systems.

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The Art of Herbal Medicine Making I American River Ranch
  • Tue., October 9, 2018 5:30pm

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. Participants will practice medicine-preparation techniques and make remedies to take home.

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Herbs for the Heart and Circulation American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 13, 2018 9:30am

Candis will discuss the various conditions that can affect the heart and circulation. She will show you ways to help keep the circulation strong and various herbs that can help with regulating the heart as well as herbs for the emotional heart. This is an experiential hands-on class. Many herbs will be sampled and students will make herbal formulas to take home.

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The Art of Herbal Medicine Making II American River Ranch
  • Tue., October 23, 2018 5:30pm

This class will delve deeper into the art and science of herbal remedies. We will discuss approaches to combining herbs and effectively extracting medicinal properties and broaden our discussion and practice in making herbal preparations, including creams and advanced tinctures. Students will take home products of their own creation.

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Kitchen Gardening American River Ranch
  • Thu., October 25, 2018 6:00pm

Imagine the joy and ease of harvesting fresh herbs and succulent greens from your backyard or balcony to prepare your daily meals. In this class you will learn how to determine the best location for your kitchen garden and get resources to start growing or refine your current garden to maximize satisfaction in the kitchen.

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Winter Herbal Wellness American River Ranch
  • Tue., November 13, 2018 5:30pm

Each season brings unique challenges and opportunities for our well-being. This class will offer techniques for using herbs, diet, and good habits for optimizing health and avoiding illness in the colder, darker months of the year. The class will include lecture, demonstration and hands-on creation of herbal remedies for yourself or for holiday gifts.

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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

Event Venue Date Description
Meal Prep Hands-On Cooking Workshop American River Ranch
  • Thu., September 27, 2018 6:00pm

This class is cancelled. It may be offered again in the winter or spring of 2019. Meal Prep makes it easy when you have ready-made delicious and healthy components at the ready to create healthy easy-to-prepare weeknight meals. We’ll prepare the basic building block base recipes in this fun and lively hands-on class. Bring your take home containers and leave with a bounty of prepped and cooked vegetables, healthy prepared grains, delicious organic chicken, blanched greens, savory legumes, two homemade sauces to round out your meals and washed and ready to use salad greens. Eating healthy has never been so easy or delicious! Learn strategies to prep once for healthy meals all week and simplify your life. The class is offered every month with new seasonal recipes. Class Includes a light lunch.

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Kitchen Gardening American River Ranch
  • Thu., October 25, 2018 6:00pm

Imagine the joy and ease of harvesting fresh herbs and succulent greens from your backyard or balcony to prepare your daily meals. In this class you will learn how to determine the best location for your kitchen garden and get resources to start growing or refine your current garden to maximize satisfaction in the kitchen.

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Artisan Pizza Workshop American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 27, 2018 1:30pm

Learn how to make true Neapolitan Pizza, using the traditional methods of the pizzaiolos and artisans of Naples, Italy. This hands-on workshop will take you through the essential techniques of formulating and mixing dough from scratch, stretching by hand, topping and then baking in a real brick oven in the heart of the farm. You will make a beautiful and tasty traditional margherita pizza, and a farm fresh pepper & pepperoni. This in-depth workshop will provide an understanding of the science of dough, the culinary philosophies of traditional Neapolitan pizza, and the art of creating gourmet-quality pizza at home.

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Hearty Autumn Soups American River Ranch
  • Thu., November 1, 2018 6:00pm

Hearty soups can be a conduit to wellness throughout the fall and winter. Whether you are searching for new recipes, or just want to bring your soup stock to the next level, this class is sure to provide all the know-how and recipes to do both. We’ll cover the basic steps for soup success, and then build on that foundation to keep you interested in preparing and eating soup during the colder months.

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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

Event Venue Date Description
Free Composting Workshop American River Ranch
  • Wed., October 3, 2018 6:00pm

Let’s turn our food and plant waste into something useful. Composting, or the act of breaking down organic matter, is a valuable tool for sustainable living. In this free class, we’ll discuss the basics of how to start, maintain, and harvest compost for your containers, gardens, yards, or community green spaces. Participants who are Rancho Cordova residents will receive a free composting bin (one per family) after showing proof of residency. All participants will be entered into a raffle to win prizes.

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Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 20, 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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Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 10, 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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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.

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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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