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
Preparing Your Summer Garden American River Ranch
  • Sat., April 27, 2024 9:30am

Plan your garden space for optimal production and enjoyment in this hands-on class. You will learn how to prepare, plant and care for an abundant, thriving summer garden.

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Gardening with Native Plants American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 11, 2024 9:30am

Native plants are drought tolerant, low maintenance, beautiful and attract wildlife. Get a hands-on introduction to planting, growing and planning your garden with native plants.

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Building a Worm Compost Bin American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 11, 2024 10:00am

In this hands-on class you will learn all the components to building a worm compost bin.

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Native Plant Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 18, 2024 9:30am

Take a leisure tour of Sacramento Valley CNPS demonstration garden which grows about 120 different local native plant species.

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Regenerative Agriculture Farm Tour American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 18, 2024 10:00am

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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Intro to Edible & Medicinal Mushrooms American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 18, 2024 10:00am

Build on your mushroom fascination with this powerful introduction to some of the most incredible fungi species on the planet. Students will each make their own blend of mushroom tonic, and enjoy a delicious mushroom sandwich together.

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Plant Identification for Herbalists American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 25, 2024 10:00am

This class will introduce basic strategies for plant identification, common families of medicinal plants, and the use of a plant key to help you learn to identify any plant!

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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, Talk & Tea American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 4, 2024 10:00am

Embark on a stroll with Kellan through the scenic landscapes of the American River Ranch and Cordova Creek, as you explore the fascinating world of medicinal plants.

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Plant Identification for Herbalists American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 25, 2024 10:00am

This class will introduce basic strategies for plant identification, common families of medicinal plants, and the use of a plant key to help you learn to identify any plant!

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
Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., April 27, 2024 8:30am

Start your morning off with a pleasant walk around American River Ranch. We will experience a variety of resident and migratory birds.

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Eco Warriors American River Ranch
  • Sat., April 27, 2024 10:00am

Eco Warriors is a club for youth ages 12-15 who want to build leadership skills, foster meaningful friendships and become changemakers

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Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 11, 2024 8:30am

Start your morning off with a pleasant walk around American River Ranch. We will experience a variety of resident and migratory birds.

Register
Building a Worm Compost Bin American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 11, 2024 10:00am

In this hands-on class you will learn all the components to building a worm compost bin.

Register
Native Plant Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 18, 2024 9:30am

Take a leisure tour of Sacramento Valley CNPS demonstration garden which grows about 120 different local native plant species.

Register
Wellness Walk, Talk & Tasting American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 18, 2024 9:30am

Looking for inspiration to make self care part of your daily routine? Explore simple ways to make healthy choices for you and the planet.

Register
Regenerative Agriculture Farm Tour American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 18, 2024 10:00am

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
Intro to Edible & Medicinal Mushrooms American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 18, 2024 10:00am

Build on your mushroom fascination with this powerful introduction to some of the most incredible fungi species on the planet. Students will each make their own blend of mushroom tonic, and enjoy a delicious mushroom sandwich together.

Register
Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 25, 2024 8:30am

Start your morning off with a pleasant walk around American River Ranch. We will experience a variety of resident and migratory birds.

Register
Plant Identification for Herbalists American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 25, 2024 10:00am

This class will introduce basic strategies for plant identification, common families of medicinal plants, and the use of a plant key to help you learn to identify any plant!

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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