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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. Early Bird pricing will be in effect through May 6.

Saturday at the Farm

Saturday, April 28 • 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

8am–12:30pm: Beekeeping I with Brian Fishback • Preregistration Required >>
9–11am: Bird Walk with Cliff Hawley • Preregistration Required >>
1–4pm: Introduction to Permaculture and Forest Garden Design with Matthew Trumm • Preregistration required >>
11–11:45am: Farm Tour with Shawn Harrison • meet at SBF info table • FREE
1–1:45pm: 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. New volunteers please arrive at 9:15am for a brief orientation. Meet in Oak Shelter. Registration is full for April 28.

Pop-Up Farmstand • 9am to 3pm

Visit us in the barn and take home: Lettuce: Romaine lettuce, lettuce heads; Chicories: Frisée, escarole, bulk mixed chicories; Greens: Dino kale, Rainbow chard, Piracicaba brocollini; Alliums: Spring onions, green garlic, scallions; Herbs: parsley, rosemary; Misc: fennel, culinary herb starts and practical gifts.

Phoebe’s Tea & Snack Bar • 9am to 3pm

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

Culinary Arts Demonstrations • 9am to 1pm

Eat Your Veggies: Learn how to prepare seasonal produce in simple and delicious ways. Tasting samples, 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

The Culinary Arts team will prepare a lunch plate of hearty black bean, lentil and vegetable soup, farm fresh salad with lemon herb vinaigrette, corn bread and jam bars, served at the Farmhouse Kitchen. $8 donation.

Fun for Kids • 9am to 3pm • FREE

Kids’ Activity Tent in the Barn: Make a nature portrait with beautiful flowers and greenery from the garden.
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 and create a magical fairy door to take home.

Live Music: Jon Merriman • 10am to 1pm

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

NOTE: Kid’s Day in the Park is happening adjacent to the farm at Hagan Park from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, April 28. Shop early, we open at 9am. Expect more traffic than usual and parking attendants. We encourage you to walk, ride your bike or carpool. Use soccer field parking if our lot is full. More about Kids Day in the Park >>

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, April 19 or 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 April 19 >>
Register for June 14 >>

Bird Walks

Sat., April 28 • 9 to 11am or May 12 • 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 28 >>
Register for May 12 >>

Symposium is a Success

Thank You to Everyone Who Participated

Growing TogetherOur network of 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 is growing. By encouraging and supporting a garden in every school, we create opportunities for our children to discover fresh food, connect to a living environment while applying academic standards, to develop social and emotional skills and consider future career options.

Download the program and workshop list >>

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