Thursday, June 6, 2013

Urban Farming Classes at Soil Born Farms! Register today!!

Register here for the exciting farming and gardening classes at Soil Born Farms this summer! 
Contact Sarah Barnes, Education Coordinator for more information: 916-252-6695 or sbarnes@soilborn.org


Building Healthy Soil
Saturday, July 20, 3pm-7pm
$40

Location: Soil Born Farms American River Ranch
Healthy plants are born from healthy soil.  This class will unlock the mysteries of soil and teach you how to build and maintain fertility to grow healthy, vibrant crops in your garden or small farm. 

Instructors: Chuck Ingels, UC Cooperative Extension
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Harvesting, Grading, and Packing for Retail, Wholesale, and Direct Markets
Saturday, July 27, 3pm-6pm
$40
Location: Soil Born Farms American River Ranch

How do you prepare that beautiful, tender produce for market once it’s ripe?  What kind of quality control is necessary to ensure that your customers are happy?  If you’re a new or aspiring small farmer, this hands-on class is a must for learning the crucial last steps to send off a product you can be proud of, every week.

Instructor: Elle Huftil-Balzer, Assistant Farm Manager, Soil Born Farms
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Organic Systems Compliance
Wednesday, July 31, 5:30-8:30pm
$40
Location: Soil Born Farms American River Ranch

Preparing for organic certification can be overwhelming.  From documenting the type, quantity, and frequency of amendment application, to determining the practices and procedures necessary to meet the certification requirements, there is a lot to know.  In this class you’ll learn from a pro all there is to know about creating an Organic System Plan and setting up your small farm for successful organic certification and compliance.

Instructor: Rex Dufour, NCAT/ATTRA
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Crop Planning: Planning for Success in your Garden or Small Farm
Saturday, August 3, 3pm-6pm
$40
Location: Soil Born Farms American River Ranch

Creating a crop plan is one of the most important tasks for getting the most out of your garden or small farm business.  Learn how to make a sound crop plan and seeding schedule so you can maximize your space and fertility, set your farm up for a successful season, and reap an abundant, well-timed harvest from your garden.

Instructor: Dan Gannon, Humble Roots CSA
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Seed Saving
Wednesday, August 21, 5:30-8:30pm
$40

Saving seed is a great way to reproduce the amazing vegetables your garden produces year after year.  It also provides a more intimate experience with your garden and the natural life cycle of plants.  Learn from professional seed saver Harald Hoven at this important hands-on class. 

Instructor: Harald Hoven, Raphael Gardens at the Rudolf Steiner College
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The Business of Starting a Small Farm: Goal Setting & Enterprise Analysis
Wednesday, September 4, 5:30-8:30pm
$40

What steps must be taken to evaluate and plan for a successful farming enterprise? In order to implement a successful ‘Small Farm Enterprise’ prospective farmers must first spend time articulating goals, evaluating resources and making plans to meet their financial goals. Crop enterprise budgeting is a powerful tool used to understand the costs to produce a particular crop and the economic returns. These budgets allow farmers to improve profits, make better farm-business decisions, and increase the sustainability of an enterprise. Students will learn the basic skills involved in assessing an agricultural enterprise for short and long-term profitability and of the need to create comprehensive business/financial/marketing plans for any ‘Small Farm Enterprise’.

Instructors: Organized by California Farm Link
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Wrapping up the Season: Fall Tasks and their Timing
Saturday, September 7, 3pm-6pm
$40

Believe it or not, early September is the time to think about the end of the growing season.  Taking time to “button things up” in the fall means healthier soil next season, not to mention a pleasant and easy start in the spring.  Plus, if you’re growing food over the winter, now is the time to get started, and this class will teach you how. 

Instructors: TBD
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Small-Scale Berry Production
Wednesday, September 11, 5:30-8:30pm
$40

Berries can be a delightful addition to your farm or garden, and an excellent source of income if you grow them commercially.  Learn how to prepare the soil for growing different kinds of berries, plus how to plant them, take care of them, and maximize production of delicious berries.

Instructor: Chuck Ingels, UC Cooperative Extension
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Growing Grapes
Wednesday, September 25
$40

In this class, you’ll learn the in’s and out’s of planting, caring for, and harvesting grapes.  Whether you want to make your own wine, sell to winemakers, or enjoy them fresh, Chuck Ingels will teach you what you need to know to get started with small-scale grape growing.

Instructor: Chuck Ingels, UC Cooperative Extension
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