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
Family Herbalist Course Beginners Program 2018 American River Ranch
  • Sat., June 9, 2018 10:00am

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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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
The Art of Herbal Medicine Making I American River Ranch
  • Thu., May 24, 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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Herbal First Aid American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 26, 2018 9:00am

Empower yourself to handle non-emergency first aid situations using plant-based remedies. We will discuss preparations to be kept on hand for minor injuries and illnesses, learn to create home and travel first aid kits, and identify first aid plants you may find in the wilderness. We will make herbal preparations in class to get you started on your kit.

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Intermediate Herbalist Course: Part A American River Ranch
  • Sun., June 3, 2018 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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The Art of Herbal Medicine Making II American River Ranch
  • Thu., June 7, 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. This class is intended to follow The Art of Herbal Medicine Making I, though it is not a perquisite. Some prior experience in herbal medicine-making is recommended, though not required.

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Family Herbalist Course Beginners Program 2018 American River Ranch
  • Sat., June 9, 2018 10:00am

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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Menopause: A New Life Cycle for Women American River Ranch
  • Sat., June 16, 2018 1:00pm

Menopause is the gateway to a major life cycle for women. There are physical, emotional and psychological changes that women experience. Most people talk about hot flashes and memory lapses, but there are so many more aspects of this transition. We will talk about how this is a time of great change in a woman’s life and the foods, herbs and oils that can help her traverse this journey through the wilderness to the new self.

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Intermediate Herbalist Course: Part B American River Ranch
  • Sun., June 24, 2018 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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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., June 7, 2018 6:00pm

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. Visit www.ahealthykitchensac.com for more information.

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Cooking Out of the CSA Box American River Ranch
  • Thu., June 14, 2018 6:00pm

Explore and master simple vegetarian recipes that everyone in your family will enjoy. Learn the nutritional benefits of the veggies we love. Perfect for anyone who receives a CSA box or people who love to cook with fresh seasonal produce.

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FREE Make Your Own Solar Cooker American River Ranch
  • Sat., June 16, 2018 9:00am

You will be surprised how easy it is to prepare delicious food with only the power of the sun. Join us for this family friendly class in which we will explore the different types of solar cookers, share some of the best solar cooking recipes, and provide you materials to build your own solar cookers (limit 2 per family).

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FREE Make Your Own Solar Cooker American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 4, 2018 9:00am

You will be surprised how easy it is to prepare delicious food with only the power of the sun. Join us for this family friendly class in which we will explore the different types of solar cookers, share some of the best solar cooking recipes, and provide you materials to build your own solar cookers (limit 2 per family).

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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
Introduction to Urban Backyard Beekeeping American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 26, 2018 1:00pm

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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Free Composting Workshop American River Ranch
  • Wed., June 6, 2018 6:00pm

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.

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Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., June 9, 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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After School Program 2017–18 American River Ranch
  • Wed., June 13, 2018 3:30pm

Our after school program is an opportunity for young women ages 13-18 to engage with the natural world and deepen their connection to themselves, their environment, their health and each other. This program will  build community and support teens in healthy transitions toward adulthood. Through interactions with the land, we aim to empower young women to build inner strength and confidence as well as learn valuable leadership and life skills. The program will be flexible and adapted to meet the interests and passions of the group.

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Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 21, 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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Beekeeping I and II American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 18, 2018 8:00am

Beekeeping I is designed to help the aspiring beekeeper become more knowledgeable about the craft of beekeeping. Building on the foundation set in Beekeeping I, Beekeeping II will delve deeper into advanced topics as well as a discussion of the challenges the bees face.

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Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., August 18, 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., 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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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…

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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.

Teacher Training Upcoming Classes

Event Venue Date Description
Diggin' In School Garden Training American River Ranch
  • Mon., July 23, 2018 9:00am

This hands-on training will include: Needed materials and approvals, curriculum examples, basics of gardening with children, creating and communicating your vision, funding ideas and much more. Gardens offer beautiful, dynamic settings to integrate every discipline, including science, math, reading, art, environmental studies and nutrition.
Note: Registration for the August 27-31 is for interns and/or school teachers.

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