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We’re Hiring a Farmer

We are looking to hire a full-time, year-round farmer to join our Farm Team. This position is involved with all aspects of food production at the American River Ranch. If you have a passion for growing food, hard work, and educating beginning farmers, please apply for this position. Submit a resume, cover letter and any questions by March 1, 2019 to Farm Manager Tyler Stowers >>

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Summer Day Camps

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Roots & WingsWe are offering multiple new summer day camps this year for youth in pre-K through high school. Youth will have opportunities to re-connect with the land and themselves while building community in a beautiful place, make new friends and have fun tending the land and getting dirty in the garden, harvesting food to cook and eating together or listening and looking for wildlife, creating art with nature or learning survival skills. Scholarships are available. Early Bird Registration through April 1. More information, session dates and registration >>

Saturday at the Farm: Winter Pop-up

Signs of Spring: February 23* • 9am to 1pm

Everything you love about Saturday at the farm plus a fire to keep you warm! Bring the whole family out to the American River Ranch for activities, tours and classes. Our organic produce is spectacular this season. Get inspired with beautiful greens, colorful squash, sweet root veggies and seasonal fruit. Our demo chefs will be cooking up some simple recipes to taste and prepare at home.

Pop-Up Farmstand

Visit us in the barn and take home fresh from the field produce: Greens: Dino kale, salax mix, arugula; Chicories: mixed chicories; Other: Piracicaba brocollini, carrots, beets; Alliums: winter onions, leeks; Herbs: bay, rosemary; Fruit: grapefruit, oranges; Misc: Culinary herb starts and practical gifts.

Phoebe’s Tea & Snack Bar

Try our signature hot beverages: fresh brewed herbal tea, chai and coco-cocoa and enjoy freshly-baked scones, muffins and more from Magpie Café.

Millie’s Mercantile & 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 • 9am to 1pm • FREE

Kid’s Activity Table in the Barn: Have fun learning about animal tracks.
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!

Families on the Farm Workshop • 9:30 to 11:30am

Make bread and butter from scratch and discover the wonders of this process by grinding wheat grown here at the farm, harvesting herbs to add to our butter, drinking warm tea and breaking fresh bread together as a family. This program is designed for youth (age 5 and up) and accompanying adults.
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Eat Your Veggies Demo & Tasting • 9am to 12:30pm

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

Culinary Arts Fundraiser: Peasant’s Lunch • 11am to 1pm

Enjoy a simple lunch prepared by the Culinary Arts team: hearty black-eyed peas and vegetable soup, mixed green salad with citrus vinaigrette, a baguette and a brownie. Served at the Farmhouse Kitchen window. Get your ticket in the barn at Phoebe’s Tea & Snack Bar for an $8 donation. Proceeds benefits Eat the Rainbow culinary arts program.

Free Edible City Talk: Basic Fruit Tree Care • 12:30 to 1pm

Come learn what you can do to take care of your fruit tree’s basic needs throughout the year.
Meet in the Outdoor Theatre.

Live Music: Doug Newton • 9:30am to 12:30pm

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.

Upcoming Winter Pop-ups

9am to 1pm (cold weather hours). *Note: Winter pop-up dates are weather-dependent and subject to cancellation.
March 9: Wellness Symposium
March 23: Spring Gardening Clinic
Don’t miss opening day, April 6, 2019: Saturday at the Farm and Spring Plant Sale with CNPS Elderberry Nursery.

Spring Wellness Day: Urban Healing Retreat

Saturday, March 9 • 9am to 5pm • Bring a Friend and Save

Enjoy a day of inspiration, nature and rejuvenation at Soil Born Farms without leaving the city. Our morning panel will feature the inspiring personal stories of a farmer, cook, herbalist, doctor and yogi woven with helpful lifestyle, nutrition and herbal wisdom. 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, Michelle Sikora, Janet Zeller and Adriana Jones. The $75 price includes organic lunch, snacks and tea. Enjoy the day with a friend: Register two people by Feb. 23 for $100 (save $50). Space is limited. Adults only. Register >>

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, February 16 and March 16 • 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.
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Beginning Home Gardener Weekend Intensive

Sat., March 30 and Sun., March 31 • 9am to 4pm

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.
Instructor: Daylin Wade, Clinical Herbalist and Educator

Topics include:

  • Garden Design & Seasonality
  • Building Healthy Soil
  • Prep & Plant Your Garden
  • Water and Irrigation
  • Garden Ecology & Pest Management
  • Growing Herbs and Perennials

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