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
Work & Learn Days American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 7, 2021 8:00am

Work and Learn Days are opportunities to gain knowledge, build hands-on skills and meet new friends. We will be working outdoors in Sustainability Square which will become a dynamic hands-on learning space for our adult and youth education programs.

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Raised Bed and Container Gardening American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 7, 2021 9:00am

This hands-on class will show you how to grow plants successfully on a window, on your front porch or balcony and in a raised bed. Learn the various types and styles of containers, which plants grow well in each environment and strategies to maintain a flourishing garden in small spaces.

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Ask a Farmer - A Grow Your Groceries Class Series on Zoom
  • Tue., August 17, 2021 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. $15 per class or $150 for series (save $30).

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Regenerative Agriculture Walk and Talk 8-21-21 American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 21, 2021 8:00am

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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Growing Medicinal and Culinary Herbs American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 21, 2021 9:00am

This hands-on class offers instructions for growing an array of herbs and tips for harvesting and using what you grow.

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Fall Gardening Clinic & Organic Plant Sale American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 28, 2021 8:00am

Learn how to grow vibrant, tasty and healthy plants from our knowledgeable staff and community educators.

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Regenerative Agriculture Walk and Talk 9-4-21 American River Ranch
  • Sat., September 4, 2021 8:00am

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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Seed Saving American River Ranch
  • Sat., September 11, 2021 9:00am

We will discuss the importance of seed saving, how to care for the plants to assure a good seed supply and how to create the right environment to save seeds. Learn the difference between open pollinated plants and hybrid seeds and get hands-on experience cleaning and storing seeds.

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Gardening with Native Plants 9-18-21 American River Ranch
  • Sat., September 18, 2021 9:00am

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
Growing Medicinal and Culinary Herbs American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 21, 2021 9:00am

This hands-on class offers instructions for growing an array of herbs and tips for harvesting and using what you grow.

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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

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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
Mindfulness in Nature Walk and Talk American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 7, 2021 8:00am

This class will offer short talks, a contemplative walk and nature meditation practices on the beautiful grounds of Soil Born Farms and provide a sense of renewal and wellbeing as we consider the natural world and its impact on our bodies, hearts and minds.

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Explorations in Nature Walk & Talk 8-14-21 American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 14, 2021 8:00am

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

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Regenerative Agriculture Walk and Talk 8-21-21 American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 21, 2021 8:00am

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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Families on the Farm: Plant Part Palooza American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 28, 2021 9:30am

Families on the Farm classes offer learners of all ages a chance to engage in self-directed hands-on activities based upon a particular theme. Enjoy the youth garden and explore all that is growing and living at Soil Born Farms. Together we will use our senses to smell, touch, taste and learn all about the wonderful world of plants.

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Regenerative Agriculture Walk and Talk 9-4-21 American River Ranch
  • Sat., September 4, 2021 8:00am

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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Bird Walk & Talk 9-11-21 American River Ranch
  • Sat., September 11, 2021 8:00am

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

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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…

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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 a biannual symposium.

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