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

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Preparing a Spring Garden American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 8, 2020 9:00am

Learn how to plan your garden space and prepare, plant and care for an abundant, thriving spring garden. This class is for new gardeners or for gardeners who are new to the region.

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Free Worm Composting Workshop American River Ranch
  • Wed., March 4, 2020 6:00pm

Vermicomposting, the science of composting with worms, is an effective and easy way to put nutrients back into the soil and reduce waste in landfills. In this free class, we’ll discuss the basics of how to start and maintain a thriving vermiculture bin. You will learn which foods, types of bins and temperatures that provide an optimum environment for your worms as well as how to use your vermicompost in 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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Spring Gardening Clinic American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 7, 2020 9:00am

Free classes, talks and tours. Learn how to grow vibrant, tasty, and healthy plants from Soil Born Farm’s knowledgeable staff and community educators. This is a rain or shine event. Registration will occur at the event ONLY and be on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Beginning Home Gardener Course: Spring 2020 American River Ranch
  • Thu., March 12, 2020 5:30pm

Designed for beginning gardeners, the Grow Your Groceries Beginning Home Gardener Course will cover the essential topics to help the new gardener create and maintain a thriving, abundant edible organic garden. Combining indoor presentations with 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. Course topics include garden design and seasonality, building healthy soil, garden preparation and planting, water and irrigation, garden ecology and pest control and growing herbs and perennials.

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Growing Medicinal and Culinary Herbs American River Ranch
  • Wed., March 18, 2020 5:30pm

Herbs in the home garden can add flavor to your meals, home remedies to your medicine cabinet, and beauty, diversity and beneficial insect habitat to your landscape. 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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Permaculture Design Principles American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 28, 2020 9:00am

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, and then learn how to establish a food forest garden that is the best physical manifestation of nature. This class is lecture and hands-on.

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Introduction to Urban Backyard Beekeeping American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 28, 2020 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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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
Menopausal Years: How to Survive the Change American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 1, 2020 10:00am

When women reach menopause either naturally or surgically, the physical, psychological and spiritual changes can be confusing and overwhelming. Some women coast through this change, but others need guidance and reassurance as they traverse unknown territory. We will discuss the changes to expect; how herbs, food, and rest can ameliorate some of the symptoms and creative outlets that may help us while we find our new metamorphosed self.

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The Art of Herbal Medicine Making American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 8, 2020 1:00pm

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 Body Care American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 29, 2020 1:00pm

Body care products that nourish the skin and are free of harmful additives and chemicals are an important part of taking care of ourselves. Learn the connection between healthy skin and overall health, and learn to make several body care products, including creams, lip balms, body scrubs and more. Participants will make body care products to take home.

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Basics of Herbal Medicine American River Ranch
  • Tue., March 3, 2020 5:30pm

Learn how to bring medicinal plants into your everyday life to promote overall wellness and address minor illnesses and injuries. We will discuss the healing properties of several common herbs, and how to incorporate them through cooking, everyday herbal tonics and simple home remedies to use when ailments arise.

Note: This class was originally scheduled for January 28 but its being rescheduled to March 3 instead. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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Growing Medicinal and Culinary Herbs American River Ranch
  • Wed., March 18, 2020 5:30pm

Herbs in the home garden can add flavor to your meals, home remedies to your medicine cabinet, and beauty, diversity and beneficial insect habitat to your landscape. 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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Spring Wellness Day: Urban Healing Retreat American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 21, 2020 9:00am

Enjoy a day of inspiration, nature and rejuvenation at Soil Born Farms without leaving the city. A delicious, organic lunch will be served and an afternoon tea. Come make the connection between food, health and the environment. You will feel refreshed and motivated to take good care of YOU! Presenters: Maxine Barish-Wreden, MD, ABIHM, Rev. Candis Cantin, Daylin Wade, Ann Sibbet, Terese Hollander Esperas, Summer Ward, Dana Marie, Kellan MacKay, Janet Zeller and Adriana Jones

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Family Herbalist Course Beginners Program 2020 American River Ranch
  • Sat., April 11, 2020 10:00am

Join Candis and her team in learning the basics of Western Herbology while integrating it with Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese medicine. 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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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

Event Venue Date Description
Satisfying Superfood Soups American River Ranch
  • Thu., January 30, 2020 6:00pm

Getting through the winter requires comfort food, and our flu-season resistance requires produce with loads of nutrients. Soup gives us both. Plus, it’s so easy to make your own that you don’t need a recipe so much as a method and fresh, high-value ingredients. Step away from the sodium laden products in cans and see how easy it is to use fresh ingredients. Produce with a Purpose classes offer helpful nutrition information and a cooking demonstration. The recipes are always, super-easy, madly tasty, and secretly healthy.

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Meal Prep Hands-On Cooking Workshop American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 1, 2020 10:00am

Meal Prep makes it easy when you have ready-made delicious and healthy components 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 quarter with new seasonal recipes. Visit www.ahealthykitchensac.com for more information.

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Garden to Pantry: Seasonal Jelly American River Ranch
  • Thu., February 27, 2020 6:00pm

Making your own jelly gives you access to all kinds of flavors you can’t buy. Jelly can be sweet or savory as a marinade and rub. In this hands-on class, we will use seasonal fruit to prepare a simple jelly recipe. We’ll cover the basics of making jelly at home and talk about both sweet and savory jellies: selecting and preparing the fruit, making the juice, preparing and filling the jars, and processing. Each participant will leave with their own half pint of jelly and the confidence to make more at home.

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The Art of Cooking Heirloom Beans American River Ranch
  • Thu., March 26, 2020 6:00pm

Tiger Eye, Peruano, Orca, Anasazi, and Arikara are just a few of the hundreds of heirloom bean varieties. Healthy, sustainable, and socially responsible, heirloom beans are available in any season. Knowing which beans to pick and how to cook them can make an old bean recipe shine. In this demonstration class, we will explore the myriad types of heirloom beans that are available and learn how to use them in cooking. We will taste a variety of heirlooms and talk about history, flavor, and recipes. Participants will learn how to use heirlooms to dress up baked beans, hummus, soups, and bean dips, and learn new recipes to showcase some of the beautiful varieties available locally. Each participant will make a jar of bean soup to take and cook at home.

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Honing Your Knife Skills American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 28, 2020 10:00am

Better Knife skills will improve your cooking beyond measure. There’s so much more than just slicing and dicing, and with proper knife techniques, prepping will be easier and quicker. In this hands on class, you’ll learn the basics, plus simple and beautiful garnishes. Learn how to choose a good knife without spending a fortune, and how to keep your knives sharp and well cared for. You’ll leave with recipes and a bounty of chopped produce ready to turn into dinners for the week. Please bring a chef’s knife, a paring knife and a cutting board to class.

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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
Family Nature Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 8, 2020 9:00am

Join Cliff Hawley for an opportunity to observe what nature has to offer on a walking tour of the American River Ranch. We’ll explore the plants, animals, and relationships that make up the environment of this special place. This walk is family friendly, but recommended for kids 5 and up.

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Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 22, 2020 9:00am

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. Cliff will point out other critters and plant life along the way. This walk is ideal for beginner to intermediate birdwatchers.

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Free Worm Composting Workshop American River Ranch
  • Wed., March 4, 2020 6:00pm

Vermicomposting, the science of composting with worms, is an effective and easy way to put nutrients back into the soil and reduce waste in landfills. In this free class, we’ll discuss the basics of how to start and maintain a thriving vermiculture bin. You will learn which foods, types of bins and temperatures that provide an optimum environment for your worms as well as how to use your vermicompost in 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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Family Nature Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 7, 2020 9:00am

Join Cliff Hawley for an opportunity to observe what nature has to offer on a walking tour of the American River Ranch. We’ll explore the plants, animals, and relationships that make up the environment of this special place. This walk is family friendly, but recommended for kids 5 and up.

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Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 21, 2020 9:00am

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. Cliff will point out other critters and plant life along the way. This walk is ideal for beginner to intermediate birdwatchers.

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Permaculture Design Principles American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 28, 2020 9:00am

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, and then learn how to establish a food forest garden that is the best physical manifestation of nature. This class is lecture and hands-on.

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Introduction to Urban Backyard Beekeeping American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 28, 2020 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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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.

Animal Husbandry Upcoming Classes

Event Venue Date Description
Raising Backyard Chickens American River Ranch
  • Sat., February 29, 2020 9:00am

Raising chickens in your yard is educational, fun and rewarding. Besides fresh eggs, they provide the added benefits of soil fertility and pest control. You will learn how to choose the right breeds, provide proper housing, and make sure your chickens are healthy and producing the best eggs you’ve ever tasted.

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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. Save the Date: A Garden in Every School Symposium will be on March 14, 2020.

Teacher Training Upcoming Classes

Event Venue Date Description
A Garden in Every School Symposium American River Ranch
  • Sat., March 14, 2020 9:00am

We’ve planned an inspiring weekend for you! Network with like-minded teachers, parents, garden designers, community leaders, school garden coordinators, and others involved with helping kids make the connection between food, health and the environment. This year we will aim to discover ways to increase equity and access through school gardens. Learn and discuss ways to grow culturally representative crops, prepare ethnic recipes using garden produce and design systems that use the naturally diverse and unique learning environment of a school garden. Workshops will include curriculum, garden design, cooking, planting plans, art ideas and garden sustainability. Support our mission to have a garden in every school while you attend workshops, participate in hands-on experiences, network, eat delicious food and connect with local organizations.

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