Dominic Allamano

Alyssa Kassner

Rebecca Le

Alicia Baddorf

Sean Hagan

Saturday at the Farm: Celebrate Spring

Saturday, March 24 • 9am to 3pm • American River Ranch

Every season at the American River Ranch is unique and beautiful. We have planned a day of activities the whole family will enjoy including a pop-up Farmstand in the barn with fresh-from-the-field spring vegetables.

Tours, Walks & Classes

9am: Bird Walk with Cliff Hawley • Preregistration Required >>
9am: Beginning Home Gardener Weekend Intensive with Daylin Wade • Preregistration Required >>
10:30am: American River Herb Walk with Candis Cantin • Preregistration Required >>
11am: Farm Tour with Shawn Harrison • meet at SBF info table • FREE
1pm: Family Farm Tour with Jenn Macleod • meet at SBF info table • FREE

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. Activities for March 24:
•Early spring planting
•Spring cleanup in the veggie fields (weeding)
•Preparing the orchard for spring (mulching)
FULL for this weekend.  Please sign up for April 7 or 28 >>

Pop-Up Farmstand • 9am to 3pm

Visit us in the barn and take home: Lettuce: Green Gem lettuce, green leaf lettuce heads, red leaf lettuce, red butter lettuce heads; Chicories: Frisee, escarole; Greens: Fava greens, Red Russian kale, Dino kale, Rainbow chard, spinach, Piracicaba brocollini, arugula; Roots: Red radishes, salad turnips; Alliums: Spring onions, green garlic, scallions, leeks; Herbs: parsley; Misc: Culinary herb starts and practical gifts.

Phoebe’s Tea & Snack Bar • 9am to 3pm

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

Culinary Arts Demonstrations • 9am to 1pm

Eat Your Veggies: Learn how to prepare seasonal produce in simple and delicious ways. Recipes and nutritional information will be available.
Garden to Pantry: U.C. Master Food Preservers offer tips about making the most of the spring harvest.

Peasants’ Lunch Fundraiser • 11:30am to 2pm

A simple lunch prepared by the Culinary Arts team of chili, slaw, cornbread, chocolate chip cookies will be served at the Farmhouse Kitchen. $8 donation.

Fun for Kids

Kids’ Activity Tent in the Barn • 9am to 3pm: Create a magical fairy door to take home.
Enchanted Garden • 12:30 to 3pm: Calling all fairies, elves, gnomes and nature spirits: follow the signs, come play and explore. Build fairy and gnome homes, construct a toad abode.

Fun on the Farm • 9:30 to 11:30am: Kids will explore the Youth Garden and the American River Ranch learning what soil is made of, who lives in it and how it helps us. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in fun, educational activities, make a farm-fresh snack, meet the farm animals and create something to take home. This event is sold out.

Live Music: Up Close & Personal with Glenn & Katina • 10am to 1pm

Location: American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Dr., Rancho Cordova. This is a rain or shine event.

A Garden in Every School Symposium

The 2018 Symposium is Sold Out!

growing together logoIf you already signed up on the wait list, you will hear back from us soon on the status of your registration request.

We’ve planned an inspiring weekend for you at our new location at the American River Ranch! Network with like-minded teachers, parents, garden designers, community leaders, school garden coordinators and others involved with helping kids make the connection between food, health and the environment. Gardens offer beautiful, dynamic settings to integrate every discipline including science, math, reading, art, environmental studies, nutrition and health. By encouraging and supporting a garden in every school, we create opportunities for our children to discover fresh food, to make healthier food choices and to become better nourished.

School garden projects nurture community spirit, common purpose and cultural appreciation by building bridges among students, school staff, families, local businesses and organizations; let’s work together to create a garden in every school in America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital. Educators will discover new ways to empower future leaders who are deeply rooted in the natural world and equipped to become the innovative, environmental stewards of a more sustainable world. Ignite a commitment to outdoor education. You will receive tools, ideas, inquiry-based lessons and make valuable connections to inspire your efforts.

Saturday, March 10 & Sunday, March 11 • American River Ranch

View the draft schedule >>

Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Kaiser Permanente

Thanks to Our Supporters:

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

Wednesdays, Mar. 21, Apr. 19 or Jun. 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 March 21 >>
Register for April 19 >>
Register for June 14 >>

Bird Walks

Saturdays, Mar. 24 or Apr. 28 • 9 to 11am

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 March 24 >>
Register for April 28 >>

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.

We have a limited number of shares available. Email us to be put on the sign-up wait list we will contact you after March 24.

CSA Schedule

The 2018 Spring/Summer CSA runs for 24 weeks: from Wednesday, May 23 to Wednesday, October 31. Early Bird pricing will be in effect from March 24 through May 6.

What’s in a Soil Born Farms CSA Box?

There will be 8 to 10 items of seasonal produce each week.

Spring: Kale, chard, collard greens, baby bok choi, Asian greens, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, chicory, cucumber, green garlic, leeks, arugula, lettuce, beets, carrots, turnips, tomatoes, radish, romanesco, fennel, kohlrabi, onions, parsley, scallions, snap peas, spinach, summer squash, salad mix, culinary herbs, seasonal fruits.

Summer: Kale, chard, lettuce, basil, broccoli, beets, corn, carrots, fennel, leeks, cucumbers, summer squash, tomatoes (red slicer and heirlooms), peppers, potatoes, onions, scallions, snap peas, spinach, parsley, eggplant, beans, garlic, culinary herbs, apricots, plums, melons, peaches, nectarines, figs, pluots, watermelons, apples, persimmons and pomegranates.