Alicia Baddorf

Rebecca Le

Nick Anicich

Autumn Equinox Celebration

Thank you for Attending our 16th Annual Fundraiser

Thank you for your generous support of our Autumn Equinox Celebration! The event is a labor of love with many wonderful people and organizations collaborating to make it happen. We are grateful for the support we receive to restore and develop the historic American River Ranch. It is a community treasure filled with possibilities that we are proud to make accessible to the public.

Please stay involved with Soil Born Farms. We rely on your generous donations of time and money to help us grow organic food, feed families, educate youth and adults, train new farmers and gardeners, inspire healthy living and create a regional center for food, health and the environment. Together we can make a difference and improve the quality of life in our community. View event photos by Joan Cusick >>

Many thanks to our event underwriters and vendors:

Citi Rancho Cordova Birite
“WHA” Genovese Burford
UNFI Tonys Fine Foods Comcast
Sactown Magazine Fry Family


Centro Cocina Mexicana
Magpie Café
Mulvaney’s B&L
Canon East Sacramento
A Healthy Kitchen
Federalist Public House & Beer Garden
Selland Family Restaurants
Frank Fat’s Restaurant
Dad’s Kitchen
AME-Mean Eats
Taylor’s Kitchen
Osteria Moto
Freeport Bakery
Soil Born Farms
The Good Scoop
Pho Fresh Vietnamese Grill
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op
Sierra Nevada Cheese Co.
Burroughs Family Farms
Cypress Grove Cheese
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co.
Pushkin’s Bakery
La Venedita
Vaneli’s Handcrafted Coffee
Phoebe’s Tea & Snack Bar
Preservation & co.
Carmazzi Caramel Corn
The Grange Restaurant
Straus Family Creamery
The Good Stuff
Z-Chef Personal Chef Service & Caterer
Tony’s Fine Foods

Artisan EATS
Roxy Restaurant & Bar
Real Pie Company
V Miller Meats
Burly Beverages
Keller Crafted Meats
Chef Stephanie

Smart Chicken
Bella Bru Bakery
Fiscalini Cheese Co.
Valley Ford Cheese & Creamery


Moniz Family Wines
Capay Valley Vineyards
La Riojana Coopertiva
Sean Minor Wines
Revolution Winery & Kitchen
Muddy Boot Wine
HoneyRun Winery
Dancing Coyote Wines
Revana Family Vineyard
BOS Wine
Shannon Ridge Wines
Delicato Family Vineyards
Don Sebastiani & Sons
Bogle Winery


Track 7
Urban Roots Brewery & Smokehouse
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Ninkasi Brewing
Two Rivers Cider Co.
Zeal Kombucha
Bike Dog Brewing Co.
Fort Rock Brewing
Common Cider Co.
Dunloe Brewery

Saturday at the Farm

This Week at the Farmstand: September 29 • 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.


10am-1pm: Building Vitality with Herbal and Lifestyle Wisdom with Candis Cantin • Meet in Schoolhouse • Register >>

Bicycle Safety Checks • 8am to 12:30pm

Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates  will be doing bicycle safety checks throughout the day. Be sure to stop by and pay them a visit.

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

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: Lettuce heads, bok choy, dandelion greens, arugula and chard; Alliums: Garlic, storage onions: Cabernet, Walla Walla, Sierra Blanca and Torpedo; Fruit:  Grapes, apples, Asian pears and melons; Herbs: Basil, culinary herbs, herb bunches to make tea; Misc: Green beans, Dragon Tongue beans, Cucumbers, turnips, eggplant, slicer tomatoes, peppers and practical gifts; Flowers: Sunflowers and mixed bouquets made with love from our Flower Power program.

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.

Fun for Kids • 8am to 12:30pm • FREE

Kids’ Activity Tent: Make wool creatures 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: Rod Stinson • 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 October 20 >>
Register for November 10 >>
Register for December 8 >>

Beginning Home Gardener Weekend Intensive

Sat., October 20 and Sun., October 21 • 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
Register >>