Andrea Jaggers

John Swain

A Day on the Farm

Learn, Eat & Celebrate on Sunday, May 20 • 10am to 3pm

This event has become a regional favorite! In collaboration with our title sponsor Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, our intention is to create an opportunity for families to visit the American River Ranch for a day of learning, eating, celebrating and exploring the natural world. The day features free gardening and cooking classes, kid’s garden and art activities, live music with Mind X Quartet, and Millington Strings, delicious food, community education demonstration tables and lots of fun for the whole family. Download flyer >>

Soil Born Farms organic plants and produce will be sold at our ever-popular plant sale.  A Day on the Farm is also the kickoff for the Farmstand (every Saturday, May 26 through November 17.)

Learn about: Gardening • Wellness • Water Conservation • Beekeeping • Cooking • Farm Animals • Herbs • Drought Tolerant Native Plants

Price: $5 donation per person payable at event entrance. Children age 2 and under Free. Benefits Soil Born Farms.

We need volunteers to help on Sunday during the following shifts: 12:30 to 3:30pm, 9am to 3pm (includes a meal) or 3 to 6pm (cleanup crew). Please contact Nicole and let her know what shift(s) you are willing to work.

Download the program >>

Many thanks to our event sponsors:

Citi Rancho Cordova
SMUD Sac Co Regional Parks

Teen Empowerment & Leadership

Six-Week Summer Program with Work Experience

We are excited to offer twelve young people (ages 15 to 18) the opportunity to participate in a six-week empowerment and leadership program this summer at the American River Ranch. We will select a diverse group of teens who are interested in hands-on work experience, a chance to make new friends, develop leadership and learn important life skills. Fun outdoor group activities will be planned for Fridays. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, our summer interns will help out in the kitchen, on the farm, in the greenhouse and flower gardens and provide support for events and youth programs.

Schedule

Online applications available: May 15 through June 2.
Applications and scholarship requests: due on or before June 2.
Interviews and selection process: June 6 to 11.
Orientation and reception: Friday, June 15 from 7 to 8:30pm.
Graduation celebration: Friday, August 3, 6:30 to 8:30pm

More details >>

Hours: Wednesday and Saturday 9am to 1pm and Friday 9am to 3pm.

Benefits and Incentives:
• Healthy lunch and snacks each day
• $15 Soil Born bucks to buy produce at our Farmstand every Saturday
• Letter of recommendation
• Work experience
• Fulfills community service requirements
• Personal growth
• Gift card for completing the program

Fee: $250 (Scholarships are available with support from US Bank.)

Apply Now >>
Applications due on or before June 2, 2018. Please download the interactive PDF to your computer. Fill it out, save your work and email completed form to Alyssa Kassner >>

For more information, contact Alyssa >>

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

Cooking Out of the CSA Box

Wednesday, June 14 • 6 to 7pm

Explore and master simple vegetarian recipes that everyone in your family will enjoy. Learn the nutritional benefits of the veggies we love. Perfect for anyone who receives a CSA box or people who love to cook with fresh seasonal produce. Instructor: Michelle Sikora, Soil Born Farms.
Register for June 14 >>

Bird Walks

Saturday, May 12 or June 9 • 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 May 12 >>
Register for June 9 >>

Become a CSA Member

Sign Up for the Spring/Summer Season

Soil Born Farms’ community supported agriculture (CSA) program is a partnership between our nonprofit urban farms and a community of supporters. Twice a year, CSA members purchase a farm share which helps us cover the costs of growing. In return, Soil Born Farms provides CSA members with an abundance of fresh-from-the field, nutrient-rich, organically-grown produce each week during the season. This investment allows you to reconnect with the land, know your farmers and participate directly in a local food system. In addition, you provide valuable support for innovative education programs, food access initiatives and the development of a local community farm and education center.

The 2018 Spring/Summer CSA runs for 24 weeks: from Wednesday, May 23 to Wednesday, October 31. We have a limited number of shares available. Sign up online for weekly or every other week or call the office at 916 363-9685 x1006.