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Fill Your Spring Garden with Plants

Saturday, April 6 • from 9am to 2pm

Plant Sale with CNPS Elderberry Nursery

Native Plants: Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery and Demo Garden, a project of the California Native Plant Society; Hedgerow Farms; WildJules Seedballs; and Cornflower Farms.
Vegetables & Flowers: Purchase organic vegetable and flower starts.
Culinary & Medicinal Herbs: Choose from organic culinary and medicinal herbs.
Succulents: Shop for beautiful additions to your indoor and outdoor garden from The Succulents Marketplace. Consult with succulent expert Pamela Marentis.

CA Native Plant Society

Farmstand Opening Day

Soil Born Farms’ Farmstand is open every Saturday from April 6 through December 14. Featuring fresh-from-the-field organic produce, live music, cooking demonstrations, activities for kids, Milly’s Mercantile, Greenhouse Garden & Gift Shop and Phoebe’s Tea & Snack Bar.

Soil Born Farms Speaker Series: Organic Farming Legends

The Farming Life: An Intimate Ecology

Wendy Johnson, author of Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate, is a Buddhist meditation teacher and organic gardening mentor who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. As one of the founders of the organic farming program at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, Wendy has been teaching organic agriculture and meditation for decades.

11am to 12pm in the Schoolhouse. Space is limited. Please register in advance to reserve a seat. $13 suggested donation, proceeds benefit the American River Ranch Restoration & Development Project. Register >>

Join Wendy at 12pm for a ceremonial fruit tree planting and blessing for our new youth garden orchard. Everyone welcome.
Wendy will be signing her book, Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate, near the Farmstand at 10:30am and from 1 to 2pm.

More information: soilborn.org & SacValleyCNPS.org

Support Our Youth Programs

Fund-a-Need: Scholarship Fund

Roots & WingsScholarships allow youth from all socioeconomic backgrounds to attend our enriching programs at the American River Ranch and help build important connections to the natural world, the farm, their health and their community. Experiences here can have lifelong impacts on youth, our farm and our planet. The requests are far greater than our current budget can fulfill. This fund will support field trips, summer camp experiences, after-school programs, teen empowerment and job training. ($1,000).

We need additional funds to invest in priority needs for each program beyond our budgeted fundraising goals. Funding a need will be a game changer for our programs. Cash, check, card or pledges accepted. Donate online >>

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.

Summer Day Camps

Register Today and Save

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 >>

Featured Classes

Bird Walks

Saturdays, April 6 and June 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 April  >>
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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. Topics include: Garden Design & Seasonality; Building Healthy Soil; Prep & Plant Your Garden; Water and Irrigation; Garden Ecology & Pest Management; Growing Herbs and Perennials. Instructor: Daylin Wade, Clinical Herbalist and Educator. Register >>