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 July-Sept 2019 >>

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
Free Composting Workshop American River Ranch
  • Wed., October 2, 2019 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. This class is in partnership with Republic Services. 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 5, 2019 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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Gardening with Native Plants American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 9, 2019 9:00am

Get a hands on introduction to planting, growing, and planning your garden with native plants. There’s nothing easier to grow than the natives, but it takes just a bit more observation and knowledge to get them to thrive. Journey with me into Sacramento’s native plants and be a part of the growing number of people who contribute to the sustainability of the ecosystem in which we live.

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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
The Autumn Herbal American River Ranch
  • Tue., September 24, 2019 5:30pm

Autumn is a wonderful time to focus on boosting overall health and addressing challenges such as exhaustion and low immunity during the cold/flu season, and opportunities such as the prevention of springtime allergies. This class will introduce the plant remedies growing around us this time of year, and how to support the body and mind with herbs, diet, and habits as we transition into the cooler, darker months. The format will include lecture and hands-on activities indoors and outdoors. We will share a seasonal dinner which incorporates many of the ideas discussed in the class.

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Intermediate Herbalist Course: Part B American River Ranch
  • Sun., September 29, 2019 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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Keep Your Brain Healthy with Foods, Herbs and Games American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 12, 2019 10:00am

There are many new scientific breakthroughs on keeping our brains healthy. It has been found that watching television and electronic devices can lower the brain activity by 25%. Also, lack of healthy fats in the diet can be detrimental to the brain as well. Sleep stimulates what is known as the “glymphatic system” which is the cleansing mechanism of the brain while sleeping. We will discuss how to optimize your brain health and share recipes of foods and herbs and games that support brain function.

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The Art of Herbal Medicine Making One American River Ranch
  • Tue., October 22, 2019 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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The Art of Herbal Medicine Making Two American River Ranch
  • Tue., November 19, 2019 5:30pm

This hands-on 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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Herbs for Healthy Digestion American River Ranch
  • Tue., December 3, 2019 5:30pm

Many medical traditions view the functioning of the digestive system as the root of health. Current science supports this concept, as we continue to understand the complex role of digestion, including the microbiome, on physical, mental and emotional well-being. This class will focus on building a healthy digestive system through herbs, diet and positive habits. The format will include lecture, herbal recipes and hands-on herbal preparations to take home.

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Winter Herbal Wellness American River Ranch
  • Sat., December 7, 2019 1:00pm

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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Winter Wellness Day: Urban Healing Retreat American River Ranch
  • Sat., January 11, 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 include: Maxine Barish-Wreden, MD, ABIHM, Rev. Candis Cantin, Daylin Wade, Ann Sibbet, Terese Hollander Esperas, Summer Ward, Kellan MacKay and Janet Zeller
The $75 price includes organic lunch, snacks and beverages. Enjoy the day with a friend: Register two people by Dec. 31 for $100 (save $50). Space is limited. Adults only.

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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
Honing Your Knife Skills American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 12, 2019 3:00pm

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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Stocks and Broths from Scratch American River Ranch
  • Thu., November 14, 2019 6:30pm

Stocks and broths can simply be a nourishing way to warm your soul, or they can be the starting point for countless classic culinary concoctions. Industry Chef Dave Nelson will lay out the basics for making a clear-white stock which we’ll use to make a hearty chicken soup. Then we’ll explore the strategies behind making a dark, rich and mysterious brown stock, which has countless applications in sauces, soups and stews. Come hungry and kitchen-curious because the fun, food and facts will be engaging and enlightening. Chef Dave is on a mission to change the way you look at food by offering hyper-informative, technique-based classes that focus on simple and fun kitchen education.

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Farm Fresh Thanksgiving Sides American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 23, 2019 3:00pm

Learn how to make seasonal and sensational side dishes for your holiday feast such as caramelized roasted butternut squash with rosemary and shallots, winter greens gratin, maple-glazed oven-roasted root vegetable medley and rustic apple sage stuffing. Enjoy delicious samples in class and take home the recipes for your farm fresh Thanksgiving meal.

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Gifts from the Farmhouse Kitchen American River Ranch
  • Thu., December 12, 2019 6:00pm

Colorful bean soups, apple spice cake, or hot pepper jelly are just some of the seasonal possibilities that make easy gifts in a jar. In this combination hands-on and demonstration class, we will look at a number of different gifts you can make in a mason jar and sample the recipes. We’ll talk about seasonal canning possibilities, and the different fruits and vegetables that are available in the fall and winter – apples, squash, beans and more. Everyone will assemble a layered jar of bean soup ingredients to take home.

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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., October 12, 2019 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 Natural Dyes American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 26, 2019 1:00pm

Before synthetic dyes humans used plants, animals, and minerals to color everything. Come learn the ancient art of natural dyes and discover the secrets and gifts of plant color. Color lives in everyday life; find pink inside your lunchtime avocado pit; see yellow in the papery onion husks that line the supermarket bins; call forth oranges and reds from the roadside eucalyptus. In this overview, we will cover the basics of the process such as plant collection, mordanting, fiber choices, extraction and dyeing methods, shibori techniques, ways to shift color after dyeing and how to care for naturally dyed cloth. You will use natural dyes to create designs on four linen napkins to take home for your enjoyment or to give as beautifully handcrafted gifts.

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Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 16, 2019 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 Eco-Printing American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 16, 2019 9:00am

Learn how to create striking prints on silk scarves using beautiful fall leaves! This hands-on class will cover the basics of eco-printing from mordant choices to plant selection; how to roll or fold for optimal prints; steaming versus boiling and more. Come and experience the magic of nature’s colorful designs to reveal anywhere from the coral red shades left by eucalyptus leaves, the pale pink of Japanese maple, or the black tinged prints left from leaves dipped in iron. You will eco-print on two silk scarves to take home for your enjoyment or give as beautifully handcrafted gifts.

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Succulent Wreath Workshop American River Ranch
  • Wed., December 4, 2019 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 Farmhouse Kitchen American River Ranch
  • Thu., December 12, 2019 6:00pm

Colorful bean soups, apple spice cake, or hot pepper jelly are just some of the seasonal possibilities that make easy gifts in a jar. In this combination hands-on and demonstration class, we will look at a number of different gifts you can make in a mason jar and sample the recipes. We’ll talk about seasonal canning possibilities, and the different fruits and vegetables that are available in the fall and winter – apples, squash, beans and more. Everyone will assemble a layered jar of bean soup ingredients to take home.

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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
Introduction to Natural Dyes American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 26, 2019 1:00pm

Before synthetic dyes humans used plants, animals, and minerals to color everything. Come learn the ancient art of natural dyes and discover the secrets and gifts of plant color. Color lives in everyday life; find pink inside your lunchtime avocado pit; see yellow in the papery onion husks that line the supermarket bins; call forth oranges and reds from the roadside eucalyptus. In this overview, we will cover the basics of the process such as plant collection, mordanting, fiber choices, extraction and dyeing methods, shibori techniques, ways to shift color after dyeing and how to care for naturally dyed cloth. You will use natural dyes to create designs on four linen napkins to take home for your enjoyment or to give as beautifully handcrafted gifts.

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Introduction to Eco-Printing American River Ranch
  • Sat., November 16, 2019 9:00am

Learn how to create striking prints on silk scarves using beautiful fall leaves! This hands-on class will cover the basics of eco-printing from mordant choices to plant selection; how to roll or fold for optimal prints; steaming versus boiling and more. Come and experience the magic of nature’s colorful designs to reveal anywhere from the coral red shades left by eucalyptus leaves, the pale pink of Japanese maple, or the black tinged prints left from leaves dipped in iron. You will eco-print on two silk scarves to take home for your enjoyment or give as beautifully handcrafted gifts.

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Succulent Wreath Workshop American River Ranch
  • Wed., December 4, 2019 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 Farmhouse Kitchen American River Ranch
  • Thu., December 12, 2019 6:00pm

Colorful bean soups, apple spice cake, or hot pepper jelly are just some of the seasonal possibilities that make easy gifts in a jar. In this combination hands-on and demonstration class, we will look at a number of different gifts you can make in a mason jar and sample the recipes. We’ll talk about seasonal canning possibilities, and the different fruits and vegetables that are available in the fall and winter – apples, squash, beans and more. Everyone will assemble a layered jar of bean soup ingredients to take home.

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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 an biannual 2-day symposium. Save the Date: A Garden in Every School Symposium will be on March 14 and 15, 2020.

Teacher Training Upcoming Classes

Event Venue Date Description
Plan, Design and Build a School Garden American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 19, 2019 9:00am

Would you like to build or enhance a school garden on your campus? This one-day intensive for school garden educators will help you consider the best design for your space that will serve students and teachers while creating a dynamic and healthy ecosystem. Learn the nuts and bolts of irrigation, plant selection, needed materials, signage ideas, curriculum resources and more. Come prepared to collaborate and create.

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