Alicia Baddorf

Rebecca Le

Nick Anicich

Teen Empowerment

After School Program: Cook’s Club

NEW! This pilot after school program is designed to give youth hands-on cooking experiences and seed-to-table knowledge about nutrition, organic produce and culinary herbs. Teens will prepare and share dishes that are both tasty and healthy. Our farm-to-fork recipes will inspire healthy eating habits, teach basic culinary skills while building a supportive community. We are devoted to giving every teen the opportunity of a positive connection to whole foods and empowering them to cook for themselves and their families. Dinner included every time we meet. Held on Tuesdays: Oct. 23, Nov. 13 and 27 and Dec. 4 and 11 from 3:30 to 6pm. Price: $199 includes meals. Register >>

Saturday at the Farm

This Week at the Farmstand: October 20 • 8am to 12:30pm

Bring the whole family out to the American River Ranch for activities, tours and classes. We will be open every Saturday through December 15, 8am to 12:30pm. Taste and purchase fresh-from-the-field produce, organic coffee and delicious Magpie Café baked goods.

Classes and Talks

8 to 10am: Bird Walk with Cliff Hawley • Meet in the Oak Shelter • Register >>
9am to 9:30am: Explore Volunteer Opportunities with Nick Anicich • Meet in the Oak Shelter • FREE
9am to 4pm: Beginning Home Gardener Weekend Intensive with Daylin Wade • Meet in the Schoolhouse • Register >>

Volunteer Activities • 9:30am to 12:45pm

Field Days: Interested in a new way to get fit and work up a sweat? Experience a day in the life of a farmer. Help with seasonal tasks and learn about the daily work required to maintain an organic farm. New volunteers please arrive at 9:15am for a brief orientation. Meet in Oak Shelter. Pre-registration is required >>

Fresh from the Field

This week, stock up on: Greens: Escarole, frisée, bok choy, dandelion greens, arugula and chard; Alliums: Garlic, storage onions: Cabernet, Walla Walla, Sierra Blanca and Torpedo; Fruit:  Grapes, apples, Asian pears and watermelons; Herbs: Basil, culinary herbs, herb bunches to make tea; Misc: Green beans, Dragon Tongue beans, turnips, eggplant, slicer tomatoes, peppers and practical gifts

Phoebe’s Tea & Snack Bar • 8am to 12:30pm

Delicious Magpie baked goods, organic coffee, herb tea and other beverages.

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

Learn how to prepare seasonal produce in simple and delicious ways. Tasting samples, recipes and nutritional information will be available.

Garden to Pantry • 8:30am to 12pm

U.C. Master Food Preservers offer tips about making the most of the fall harvest.

Fun for Kids • 8am to 12:30pm • FREE

Kids’ Activity Tent: Make nature sun catchers at our kid’s activity tent located near the Farmstand checkout.
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 create a magical fairy door to take home.

Live Music: Ice Cream Union Stringband  • 9am to 12pm

Location: 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.

The impact Soil Born Farms has on the Sacramento community is astounding. Their thoughtful and holistic approach to the region's food system is revolutionizing the way Sacramentans eat.

Leo C. Buc - Co-Executive Director, Common Vision

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, Oct. 20, Nov. 10, Dec. 8 • 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 November 10 >>
Register for December 8 >>

Introduction to Urban Backyard Beekeeping

Saturday, November 17 • 9am to noon

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 and topics will include:

  • Choosing hive style and using basic equipment
  • How to talk to your neighbors about your new hobby
  • When, what and hows of hive inspection
  • How to spot the queen (or know when she’s not there!)
  • Integrated pest management strategies
  • Common hive problems and solutions
  • Honey extraction
  • Winter beekeeping checklist
    Register >>