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Farmstand Weather Update / Holiday Gathering

Farmstand Closed this Saturday, Dec. 7

The weather forecast indicates rain, thunderstorms and high winds. We apologize for the inconvenience and we will miss seeing you at the farm. Please join us next Saturday for the last Farmstand of the season and a special holiday event.

Friends of Soil Born Farms Holiday Gathering

Saturday, December 14 • 11:30am to 2pm

We want to show our appreciation to SBF volunteers, donors and customers. Please join us for some holiday cheer. Meet our farmers, educators and artists; enjoy delicious vegetarian chili with all the toppings, cornbread, honey butter and festive libations. We’ll offer holiday free gift wrap and help you find a unique practical gift for everyone on your list. Millington Strings will perform in the barn. The Farmstand and gift shop will be open until 2pm.

Your Gift

Makes it possible to continue the good work we do to serve our community and create positive change every day.

As a nonprofit organization, Soil Born Farms depends on the generosity of individuals to provide the essential resources that we need beyond grants, sales and event revenue to move forward with our mission. It may surprise you that a small number of families and individuals are responsible through their annual giving for sustaining Soil Born Farms year after year. This year, we need your generous support more than ever to make ends meet. Several angel donors have stepped up to energize our fundraising efforts to help meet this year’s financial goals.

Give to Soil Born Farms and Double Your Impact

Support our mission with a year-end gift. Today through Dec. 31, all tax-deductible donations received will be matched thanks to the Dave & Maxine Clark Family. If you have made a donation in the past to Soil Born Farms, we are so grateful. Will you consider giving a little bit more this year?

New Donor Challenge

Even the most resourceful nonprofit organizations need a strong donor base to carry their mission forward. Nonprofit professionals have advised that doubling our current number of donors is a high priority to sustain and grow our organization. In order for us to better serve our community we need to strengthen our financial foundation, build capacity and develop resilience for the years ahead. Do you love what we do? Become a donor and invest in your community farm today! If 300 new donors give $25 or more now through March 31, SBF will receive a $25,000 capacity building grant made possible by Fred and Betsy Weiland.

Monthly Giving Circle

It’s excellent way to support Soil Born Farms throughout the year! A pledge of only $15 a month (49 cents a day) adds up to a $180 gift for the year. Monthly giving provides the predictable and stable income that keeps us sustainable.

Thank you!

Saturday at the Farm

December 14 • 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.

Farmstand

Fresh from the Field: Bok choy, rainbow chard, salad turnips, salad mix, leeks, gem lettuce, arugula; Winter Squash: Lower Salmon River, Zucca Mantovana, Black Futsu, Burgess Buttercup, Butternut, Sunshine, Winter Sweet, Tetsukabuto; Alliums: onions, garlic, scallions; Herbs: parsley; Fruit: Persimmons

Phoebe’s Tea & Snack Bar

Pachamama organic coffee and signature hot beverages, fresh-brewed herbal tea, hot spiced seasonal cider, Chai tea and organic lemonade! Enjoy freshly baked scones, muffins and cookies from Old Soul Co. We are proud to serve Real Pie Company pies by the slice, tarts, mini galettes and whole pies. Try Camina bread, Grindstone Bakery gluten free toast with The Good Stuff handmade preserves and FatFace popsicles.

Culinary Arts Fundraiser

Our Culinary Arts team is hosting a fundraiser. Meal tickets are available at Phoebe’s Tea & Snack Bar. Served at the Farmhouse Kitchen window starting at 9:30am, until we sell out. Proceeds benefit our community education.
Green Plate Special: Fritatta with sautéed farm fresh vegetables, roasted rosemary potatoes, mixed greens with lemony vinigrette served with Camina Bakery Baguette and butter. $8 donation. With Niman Ranch bratwurst sausage: $12
Kids Plate: Farm animal-shaped Belgian whole grain waffle with organic maple syrup, fresh fruit and organic juice. $5 donation.

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

Learn how to prepare seasonal produce in simple and delicious ways. Tasting samples, recipes and nutritional information will be available. This week try three recipes: Sauteéd greens and beans, Escarole Caesar salad, winter squash  and quinoa.

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, 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: Northern lights chalk art.
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 or build a stick star ornament or a DIY paper bag luminary.
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.

Music

10am to 2pm: Millington Strings

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.

Featured Classes

Gifts from the Farmhouse Kitchen

Thursday, Dec. 12 • 6 to 8:30pm

Colorful bean soups, apple spice cake, or hot pepper jelly are just some of the seasonal possibilities that make easy gifts in a jar. In this combination hands-on and demonstration class, we will look at a number of different gifts you can make in a mason jar and sample the recipes. We​’ll talk about seasonal canning possibilities, and the different fruits and vegetables that are available in the fall and winter – ​a​pples, squash, beans and more. Everyone will assemble a layered jar of bean soup ingredients to take home. Instructor: Kate Helfrich Register >>

Winter Wellness Day: Urban Healing Retreat

Saturday, Jan. 11 • 9am to 5pm

Enjoy a day of inspiration, nature and rejuvenation at Soil Born Farms without leaving the city. A delicious, organic lunch will be served and an afternoon tea. Come make the connection between food, health and the environment. You will feel refreshed and motivated to take good care of YOU! Presenters: Maxine Barish-Wreden, MD, ABIHM, Rev. Candis Cantin, Daylin Wade, Ann Sibbet, Terese Hollander Esperas, Summer Ward, Kellan MacKay, Janet Zeller and Adriana Jones
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Support Eat Your Veggies Program

Fund-a-Need: Eight Heavy Duty Adjustable 6-ft tables and Outdoor Washing Table with Sink

Have you ever tried to prepare food on a table that is lower than your kitchen counter? Or cooked outside without having a place to clean up? These tables will provide our Eat Your Veggies mobile cooking education program a great deal of ease when we are working at our partnering school sites with excited children, during classes or at our demonstration booth on Saturdays. When students range in size, these tables are perfect for any teaching moments.($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 >>