John Swain and Thomas Bartlett

Sean Hagan

Joan Cusick

Terese Hollander Esperas

Halloween at the Farm

October 26 • 9am to 1pm

Wear your Halloween costume on Saturday for a delicious trick-or-treat at Phoebe’s Snack Bar. Celebrate the changing of the seasons. Enjoy fun activities for the whole family. Kids can make oak gall creatures and play pumpkin leapfrog in the haunted enchanted garden or walk the sudan grass maze. Make a beautiful autumn wreath to take home. Come with an appetite, taste fall-inspired recipes at our Eat Your Veggies cooking demo. Stay for our delicious fundraiser brunch while listening to live music by Millington Strings and RC Swing Dance Band. Admission is free but there is a small fee for some activities. Many thanks to our event sponsor: Pachamama Coffee Farmers.  For more information >>

Saturday at the Farm

October 19 • 9am to 1pm

Bring the whole family out to the American River Ranch for activities and classes. Our organic produce is spectacular this season. Featuring organic fruit and vegetables, local honey, jams, baked goods, herbs, flowers, special products from local farms and unique and practical gifts for the cook and gardener.

Classes

10am: Experience the Secret Life of Bees with Rachel Morrison  Register >>

Farmstand Open • 9am to 1pm

Fresh from the Field: Produce: Heirloom and slicer tomatoes, beets, hot peppers, Padron peppers, sweet peppers,  tomatillos, salad turnips, baby bok choy, radishes, summer squash, green beans, cucumbers; Alliums: onions, garlic, scallions; Herbs: basil,  thyme, oregano, parsley; Fruit: Strawberries, pomegranate, apples, Jujube dates, and watermelon

Phoebe’s Tea & Snack Bar

Pachamama organic coffee, organic lemonade and signature hot beverages, fresh-brewed herbal tea, hot spiced apple cider, Chai and Coco-Cocoa! 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 and  FatFace popsicles.

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.

Milly’s Mercantile

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. Purchase a limited-edition Home Grown T-shirt and USA-made ceramic Soil Born Farms mugs.

Greenhouse Garden Shop

We have organic culinary and medicinal herbs, seasonal veggie and flower starts, fruit trees, handcrafted garden boxes, quality organic seeds and more.

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: Exploring wheat threshing and grinding.
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: 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.

Sacramento Hotels Farm-to-Fork Showcase

Challenge of the Chefs (a benefit for Soil Born Farms)

The 4th annual Sacramento Hotels Farm-to-Fork Showcase, Challenge of the Chefs, is set for October 30 at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel as part of Sacramento Hotel Association’s ongoing community service activities. For 2019, the Farm-to-Fork Showcase will benefit Soil Born Farms.

The event will feature:
Festive farm-to-fork food stations from local hotels/restaurants
Friendly competition among the hotel executive chefs- three different awards
Craft beer tastings from local brewers
Wine tastings from area vintners
Silent auction of gift baskets and prize packages
Musical entertainment

Tickets: Advance Tickets: $45 plus fee | At-the-Door Tickets: $55
For more information >> Purchase Tickets >>

Location: Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, 500 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

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.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Sign-up for the Fall/Winter Season

As a Soil Born Farms CSA member, the impact of your dollars goes beyond putting healthy, organic, delicious food on your 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 our nonprofit community farm and education center. You can choose to receive a CSA farm box every week or every other week until Oct. 30. Sign up for fall/winter CSA >>

Featured Classes

Bird Walk

Saturday, 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. Register  >>

Introduction to Eco-Printing

Saturday, Nov. 16 • 9am to 1pm

Learn how to create striking prints on silk scarves using beautiful fall leaves! This hands-on class will cover the basics of eco-printing from mordant choices to plant selection; how to roll or fold for optimal prints; steaming versus boiling and more. Come see nature’s colorful designs coral red shades left by eucalyptus leaves, the pale pink of Japanese maple, or the black tinged prints left from leaves dipped in iron. You will eco-print on two silk scarves to take home for your enjoyment or give as beautifully handcrafted gifts. Instructor: Anna Meier, Natural Dyer. Register >>

Support Our Harvest Fundraising Drive

Fund-a-Need: Mini-Jack Tincture Press

Our herbal studies program teaches people how to care for themselves and their families. students learn how to make herbal tea, cook with herbs and prepare natural medicine for healing using plants they can grow in their own backyard. We want to show people how to make herbal extracts and oils using a Tincture Press. We also need this important tool to launch a micro-business using organic herbs grown at the farm to make a line of herbal products that will help fund the work of our nonprofit organization and train youth. ($565)

We need additional funds to invest in priority needs for our programs beyond our budgeted fundraising goals. Cash, check, card or pledges accepted. Donate online >>