Tyler Stowers

Joan Cusick

Alyssa Kassner

Rebecca Le

Andrea Jaggers

Fall Gardening Clinic

Saturday, August 24 • 9am to 1pm

Learn how to grow vibrant, tasty and healthy plants from our knowledgeable staff and community educators. Visit our organic plant sale to fill your garden with vegetable starts, edible perennials, medicinal and culinary herbs, succulents and flowers which will provide beauty and food through the fall and winter. All plants are organically grown with love and selected for the Sacramento area. We will also have a limited quantity of fruit trees for sale.

Free Gardening Classes

8:15–9am Preparing a Fall Garden with Shawn Harrison, Soil Born Farms (Outside*)

8:15–9am Backyard Urban Beekeeping with Rachel Morrison, The Beecharmers (Schoolhouse)

9:15–10am Worm Composting with Kate Waldo, Worm Fancy (Schoolhouse)

10:15–11am Raising Backyard Chickens  with Greg Howes and Brian Fikes, Two Flew the Coop (Schoolhouse)

10:15–11am Edible Gardening in Small Spaces with Jenn MacLeod, Soil Born Farms (Outside*)

11:15am–noon Builiding Soil Fertility with Mark Van Horn, M.S. Plant Breeding (Schoohouse)

12:15–1pm Gardening  with Native Plants with Mark Lum, Native Plant Specialist (Schoolhouse)

*Meet next to the Schoolhouse

Tours, Walks & Talks

Meet at Oak Shelter

10–10:45am Farm Tour with Shawn Harrison, Soil Born Farms (Oak Shelter)

11–11:45am Regenerative Farming Walk & Talk with Tyler Stowers, Soil Born Farms (Oak Shelter)

11:30am–12:15pm Herb Walk & Talk with Kellan MacKay, Soil Born Farms (Oak Shelter)

12–12:45pm Explore Volunteer Opportunities with Adriana Jones, Soil Born Farms (Oak Shelter)

Culinary Arts Fundraiser • 9am to 1pm

Enjoy our delicious Culinary Arts team fundraiser. Brunch service starts at 9am. Come and get it before we run out. Proceeds benefit our education programs. Proceeds benefit our Eat the Rainbow culinary arts program.
Summer Menu: Roasted cherry tomato and goat cheese frittata, herbed potatoes, fresh fruit and a baguette and butter. $8 donation.
Kids Plate: Whole grain farm animal-shaped waffles with fresh fruit and organic juice. $5 donation.

Location: American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Dr., Rancho Cordova.

Saturday at the Farm

Saturday • August 24 • 8am to 1pm

Bring the whole family out to the American River Ranch for activities, tours and classes. Our organic produce is spectacular this season. Featuring organic fruit and vegetables, local honey, eggs, jams, baked goods, herbs, flowers, special products from local farms and unique and practical gifts for the cook and gardener.


9am: Family Nature Walk with Cliff HawleyRegister >>
12pm: Experience the Secret Life of Bees with Rachel Morrison, The Beecharmers Register >>

Chair Massages • 9 to 11am

Enjoy a chair massage under the mulberry tree with Kimberly Austin, certified massage therapist.

Farmstand Open • 8am to 1pm

Fresh from the Field: Produce: Cherry, heirloom and slicer tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, beets, summer squash, hot peppers, Padron peppers, potatoes, leeks, corn; Alliums: Clip top onions, garlic, scallions; Herbs: basil, oregano, thyme; Fruit: Strawberries, peaches, pluots,  plums, melons and watermelon.

Phoebe’s Tea & Snack Bar

Try our fresh-brewed herbal tea, Pachamama organic coffee, organic lemonade and other beverages. Enjoy freshly baked scones, muffins and cookies from Old Soul Co. We are proud to serve Real Pie Company hand pies and sell their whole pies too. Try Grindstone Bakery gluten free toast with The Good Stuff handmade preserves. Cool off with local summer treats featuring FatFace popsicles, Virgil’s Root Beer Floats and Straus Family Creamery organic soft serve ice cream cones.

Eat Your Veggies Demo & Tasting • 8:30am to 12:30pm

Join chefs Terese and Michelle to learn how to prepare seasonal produce in simple and delicious ways. Tasting samples, recipes and nutritional information will be available.

Culinary Arts Fundraiser • 9am to 1pm

Enjoy our delicious Culinary Arts team fundraiser. Brunch service starts at 9am. Come and get it before we run out. Proceeds benefit our education programs.
Summer Menu: $8
Roasted cherry tomato, summer squash and feta cheese frittata, herbed potatoes, fresh fruit and a baguette and butter
Kids’ Menu: $5
Whole grain farm animal-shaped waffles with fresh fruit with organic juice

Greenhouse Garden & Gift Shop

We have a unique selection of practical gifts and tools for cooks and gardeners. You’ll find sustainable items to support a healthy lifestyle and the Earth. We have culinary and medicinal herbs, handcrafted garden boxes, quality organic seeds and more. Purchase a limited-edition Home Grown T-shirt and USA-made ceramic Soil Born Farms mugs. Proceeds support the restoration and development of the American River Ranch Center for Food, Health & the Environment.

Fun for the Kids • 8am to 1pm • FREE

Kid’s Activity Tent: Flower pressing.
Li’l Sproutville: Kids of all ages can play and relax under the pine trees. Check out the growing fairy and gnome village, make music on the instrument fence, walk the labyrinth and more! Youth must be accompanied by an adult.
Enchanted Youth Garden: Calling all fairies, elves, gnomes and nature spirits, follow the signs, come play and explore. Build fairy and gnome homes, construct a toad abode and experience the magic of the garden.

Live Music: Millington Strings • 9am to 12:30pm

American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Dr., Rancho Cordova. We encourage you to bike or walk to the ranch, bring your shopping bag, and take a self-guided tour around the farm. Cash, credit card and EBT accepted.

Autumn Equinox Celebration

You’re Invited to Our 17th Annual Fundraiser
Saturday, September 21 • 5:30 to 9:30pm • American River Ranch • $75

Join us for an evening at our historic American River Ranch, an urban agricultural oasis located on the American River Parkway in Rancho Cordova. Explore the farm and gardens, enjoy live music (Mind X Quartet, The Miner Flatts and Richie Lawrence), sample seasonal and organic food prepared by prominent local chefs, taste exceptional beverages and celebrate the harvest season under the stars. Don’t miss this traditional farm-to fork-event! Photo by Joan Cusick.

No tickets will be sold at the door. No refunds for Annual Fundraiser tickets. This is an adult event, please check our calendar for our many family-friendly activities.

More info and purchase tickets >>

Soil Born Farms is a sanctuary within reach. I was looking for a space to hold my conflict transformation workshops where people could feel off the grid but without having to drive several hours, Soil Born Farms was the answer. The schoolhouse was the absolute perfect setting to do deep, transformative work. It contained all the elements I was looking for: surrounded by nature, quiet, clean, light-filled, and plenty of space for movement with a group of 20 to 25. The staff was incredibly kind and accommodating and made each experience an easeful and joyful one. When I picture holding future workshops, I always see them taking place on the farm. ~Rangineh Azimzadeh Tosang, Solh Resolutions International

~Rangineh Azimzadeh Tosang - Solh Resolutions International

Projects & Programs

  1. Harvest Sacramento

    A collaborative effort of area residents, non-profits, community groups and businesses which harvest underutilized fruit and vegetables from backyards and small orchards and donate it to local food assistance agencies.

  2. Grow Your Groceries

    A beginning farmer and gardener training program designed to provide knowledge and hands-on experience to the aspiring urban grower. Our instructors are experienced masters of organic agriculture and horticulture and experts in farm entrepreneurship.

  3. Eat Your Veggies

    Cooking demos and educational projects at the farm stand and in the community.

  4. Growing Together

    Teacher training program supports the Garden in Every School movement, established by Delain Eastin and includes hands-on trainings and an annual symposium.

  5. Eat the Rainbow

    eatrainbow_171x107An educational program promoting healthy eating habits and adventures in the culinary arts

  6. Flower Power

    flowerpower166x104Flowers and herbs home-grown on the farm…

  7. Roots & Wings

    roots_wings200x110Our youth education program focuses on experiential, hands-on learning in the natural world and in the kitchen. Activities include: field trips, classes, workshops, farm tours, summer camp and job training.

  8. Farmer Training

    Soil Born Farms offers a unique apprenticeship in sustainable agriculture on an urban community farm. Through a combination of hands-on field work, formal classes, field trips and reading discussion, this intensive experiential education aims to train the next generation of organic farmers in the Sacramento area. The farming apprenticeship also provides a valuable foundation for those interested in working to address issues of food security, social justice, and public health. More info >

Our Goals

Local Organic Food Production

Create, manage and support urban organic farms and gardens that are accessible to the public, permanently protected for future generations, and that practice and promote responsible land stewardship.

Community Education

Develop a food and environmental education program focused on service and experiential learning in the natural world and in the kitchen for youth and adults. Activities include classes, hands-on workshops, tours, job training and youth leadership development.

Food Access for All

Address food security needs by developing alternative food distribution and food donation programs that target our underserved communities.

Reconnect with the Land

Bring people together to celebrate cultural diversity and share the simple pleasures of living life in harmony with nature.

Featured Classes

Bird Walks

Saturdays, Sept. 14 and Oct. 12 • 8 to 10am

Take a guided walk around the ranch and learn about the birds that live in the American River Parkway. Ideal for beginner to intermediate birdwatchers. Proceeds support the American River Ranch Restoration & Development Fund. Instructor: Cliff Hawley.
Register for September >>
Register for October >>

Create It: School Garden Games,
Recipes, Signage and Education Tools

Tues. and Wed., August 20 and 21 • 9am to 3pm

This is a hands-on workshop that will help you manage and facilitate your garden space well. You will learn to use the produce in your garden, create signage, play educational games and facilitate engaging activities. Come in your work clothes. Instructor: Shannon Hardwicke,  Soil Born Farms. Scholarships are available, contact Shannon >>
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