Alyssa Kassner

Rebecca Le

Rebecca Le

Maggie Mason

Rebecca Le

Saturday at the Farm

April 20 • 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.

Fresh from the Field • 9am to 1pm

Greens: arugula, kale, braise mix and salad mix; Produce: radish, turnip salad, red and green cabbage and fennel; Alliums: green garlic and spring onions; Herbs: bay, rosemary; Fruit: grapefruit.

Phoebe’s Tea & Snack Bar

Try our signature hot beverages: fresh-brewed herbal tea, chai and coco-cocoa and delicious scones, muffins and more.

Culinary Arts Fundraiser • 9:30am to 1pm

We will be serving a Earth Day celebration brunch at the Farmhouse Kitchen window beginning at 9:30am until we run out. Get your lunch ticket at Phoebe’s Tea & Snack Bar for an $8 donation. Proceeds benefits our Eat the Rainbow culinary arts program.
Green Plate Special: Organic farm fresh seasonal frittata, roasted potatoes, mixed greens, baguette and butter. $8 donation.
Kids plate: Farm animal-shaped Belgian whole grain waffle with organic maple syrup,  organic apple sauce or organic juice pouch. $5 donation.

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

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

Milly’s Mercantile
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: Make nature portraits.
Lil’ 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 fava bean labyrinth and more! Youth must be accompanied by an adult.
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 experience the magic of the garden!

Live Music: The Miner Flatts • 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.

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. More information, session dates and registration >>

Featured Classes

Bird Walks

Saturdays, June 8 and July 20 • 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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Homegrown Herbalism Course

Wednesdays, May 8, 15, 22, 29 • 5:30 to 8pm

This course is an opportunity to explore herbal medicine from soil to teacup. Participants will learn the basics of planning, starting, and maintaining an herb garden, plant harvesting and storage, safe and sustainable collection of wild medicinal plants, making home remedies for use throughout the year, and the specific applications for several medicinal plants. This is primarily a hands-on, outdoor course, with lecture woven in. Instructor: Daylin Wade, Clinical Herbalist and Community Educator

Activities will include:

  • Weekly hands-on herb gardening
  • Harvest and storage of medicinal plants
  • Herbal medicine-making: teas, tinctures, oils, salves, foods, and more
  • Planning the home medicine-chest remedies throughout the year

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