Dominic Allamano

Alyssa Kassner

Rebecca Le

Alicia Baddorf

Sean Hagan

Saturday at the Farm: Signs of Spring

Saturday, February 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 winter vegetables.

Tours, Walks & Classes

9am: Bird Walk with Cliff Hawley • Preregistration Required >>
9am to 12pm: Aromatherapy for Home and Health with Ann Sibbet • 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 12:45pm

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 Feb. 24:
•Early spring planting
•Spring cleanup in the veggie fields (weeding)
•Preparing the orchard for spring (mulching)
New volunteers please arrive at 9:15am for a brief orientation. Please sign up in advance >>

Pop-Up Farmstand • 9am to 3pm

Visit us in the barn and take home: Lettuce: Romaine lettuce, Red Gem lettuce, Green Leaf lettuce heads, Red Butter lettuce heads, Green butter lettuce heads; Chicories: Frisee, Escarole, Bulk mixed chicories; Greens: Fava Greens, Red Russian kale, Dino kale, Rainbow chard, spinach, January King Cabbage, Red Napa cabbage, Piracicaba brocollini, Belstar broccoli crowns, Brussels sprouts; Roots: Loose beets; Alliums: Spring onions, green garlic, scallions; Herbs: parsley, rosemary; Misc: Small kohlrabi, fennel, white celery, grapefruit, 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.

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

A simple lunch prepared by the Culinary Arts team of Black Eyed Peas & Vegetable Soup, Garden Salad with Grape Fruit Vinaigrette, Garlic Bread and Brownies will be served at the Farmhouse Kitchen. $8 donation.

Fun for Kids • 9am to 3pm • FREE

Kids’ Activity Tent in the Barn: Make coffee filter butterflies and flowers.
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 create a magical fairy door to take home.

Live Music: Millington Strings • 10am to 1pm

Our favorite string quartet plays a broad repertoire of classical and popular music.

California Nursing Students’ Association • 9am to 3pm

CNSA is composed of 5,500 members who are committed in seeking optimal educational, developmental, and professional growth within today’s various healthcare settings. They will be offering BP, body fat, and BMI screening and nutrition education for kids and adults.

Location: American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Dr., Rancho Cordova

This is a rain or shine event.

A Garden in Every School Symposium

March 10 and 11 • Early Bird Registration is Open

growing together logoWe’ve planned an inspiring weekend for you! 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 • Luther Burbank High SchoolMore info and early bird registration >>

Get Involved:
Collaborative partners and speakers: Shannon Hardwicke >>
Sponsor information, donations and media partners: Janet Zeller >>
General information, scholarships and volunteers: Vanessa Forwood >>

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, Feb. 21 or Mar. 21 • 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 Feb. 21 >>
Register for Mar. 21 >>

Bird Walks

Saturdays, Feb. 24 or Mar. 24 • 9 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 Feb. 24 >>
Register for Mar. 24 >>

Become a CSA Member

Shares Available for the Winter 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 Winter shares still available. Sign up online for weekly or every other week or call Rebecca: 916 363-9685 x1006.

What’s in a Soil Born Farms CSA Box?

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

Winter vegetables and fruits may include: Kale, chard, Asian greens, winter squash, beets, carrots, turnips, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, leeks, arugula, lettuce, fennel, onions, herbs, oranges, grapefruit, kiwi and apples.

As a CSA member, the impact of your dollars goes beyond putting healthy, delicious food on the table. This investment in Soil Born Farms 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.