John Swain and Thomas Bartlett

Sean Hagan

Joan Cusick

Terese Hollander Esperas

Autumn Equinox Celebration

You’re Invited to Our 17th Annual Fundraiser
Saturday, September 21 • 5:30 to 9:30pm • American River Ranch • $75

This event is SOLD OUT. No tickets will be sold at the door. We hope you can make it next year!
Join us for an evening at our historic American River Ranch, an urban agricultural oasis located on the American River Parkway in Rancho Cordova. Explore the farm and gardens, enjoy live music (Mind X Quartet, The Miner FlattsRichie Lawrence and Millington Strings ), sample seasonal and organic food prepared by prominent local chefs, taste exceptional beverages and celebrate the harvest season under the stars. Don’t miss this traditional farm-to fork-event! Photo by Joan Cusick.

 This is an adult event, please check our calendar for our many family-friendly activities.

Many thanks to our event sponsors:

Rancho Cordova Wells fargo
Tonys Fine Foods

Saturday at the Farm

September 28 • 9am to 1pm*

Bring the whole family out to the American River Ranch for activities, tours and classes. Our organic produce is spectacular this season. Featuring organic fruit and vegetables, local honey, eggs, jams, baked goods, herbs, flowers, special products from local farms and unique and practical gifts for the cook and gardener. *Note. We will be closed Saturday, September 21 for our annual fundraiser. Reopening on Saturday, September 28 and switching to our fall hours, 9am to 1pm. 

Chair Massages • 9 to 11am

Enjoy a chair massage with Kim Austin

Farmstand Open • 9am to 1pm

Fresh from the Field: Produce: Cherry, heirloom and slicer tomatoes, cucumbers, beets, summer squash, hot peppers, Padron peppers, sweet peppers, leeks; Alliums: onions, garlic, scallions; Herbs: basil, oregano, thyme; Fruit: Peaches,  figs, melons and watermelon

Phoebe’s Tea & Snack Bar

Try our fresh-brewed herbal tea, Pachamama organic coffee, organic lemonade and other beverages. Enjoy freshly baked scones, muffins and cookies from Old Soul Co. We are proud to serve Real Pie Company hand pies and sell their whole pies too. Try Grindstone Bakery gluten free toast with The Good Stuff handmade preserves. Cool off with local summer treats featuring FatFace popsicles, Virgil’s Root Beer Floats and Straus Family Creamery organic soft serve ice cream cones.

Eat Your Veggies Demo & Tasting • 9:30am to 12:30pm

Join us to learn how to prepare seasonal produce in simple and delicious ways. Tasting samples, recipes and nutritional information will be available.

Culinary Arts Fundraiser

Our Culinary Arts team is hosting a fundraiser. Get your meal ticket at Phoebe’s Tea & Snack Bar. Served at the Farmhouse Kitchen window starting at 10am, until we sell out. Proceeds benefit our community education programs.

Greenhouse Garden & Gift Shop

We have a unique selection of practical gifts and tools for cooks and gardeners. You’ll find sustainable items to support a healthy lifestyle and the Earth. We have culinary and medicinal herbs, handcrafted garden boxes, quality organic seeds and more. Purchase a limited-edition Home Grown T-shirt and USA-made ceramic Soil Born Farms mugs. Proceeds support the restoration and development of the American River Ranch Center for Food, Health & the Environment.

Fun for the Kids • 9am to 1pm • FREE

Kid’s Activity Tent: Fall leaf lacing.
Enchanted 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 experience the magic of the garden.
Li’l Sproutville: Kids of all ages can play and relax under the pine trees. Check out the growing fairy and gnome village, make music on the instrument fence, walk the garden labyrinth and more! Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

Live Music: Stillwater Creek • 9am to 12:30pm

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.

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.

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 >>

Featured Classes

Bird Walks

Saturdays, Oct. 12 and Nov. 16 • 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.
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Beginning Home Gardener Weekend Intensive

Sat. and Sun., October 5 and 6 • 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 and Seasonality, Building Healthy Soil, Prep and Plant Your Garden, Water and Irrigation, Garden Ecology and Pest Control, Growing Herbs and Perennials. Instructor: Daylin Wade, Clinical Herbalist and Educator

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