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Saturday at the Farm

This Week at the Farmstand: August 18 • 8am to 12:30pm

Bring the whole family out to the American River Ranch for activities, tours and classes. We will be open every Saturday through November 17, 8am to 12:30pm. Taste and purchase fresh-from-the-field produce, organic coffee and delicious Magpie Café baked goods.

Classes & Tours

8 to 10am: Bird Walk with Cliff Hawley • Meet at Oak Shelter • Register >>
8am to noon: Beekeeping II with Brian Fishback • Meet in Schoolhouse • Register >>
11am to noon : Family Farm Tour with Vanessa • Meet at Info Table • FREE

Volunteer Activities • 9:30am to 12:30pm

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. New volunteers please arrive at 9:15am for a brief orientation. Meet in Oak Shelter. Pre-registration is required >>

Fresh from the Field

This week, stock up on: Greens: Summer crisp lettuce, chard and salad mix; Alliums: Garlic, storage onions: Cabernet, Walla Walla, Sierra Blanca and Torpedo; Fruit: Peaches,  plums (TBA), melons and watermelons; Herbs: Basil, rosemary,  herb bunches to make tea; Misc: Cucumbers, summer squash, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, red and heirloom tomatoes, peppers, corn, green beans and practical gifts; Flowers: Sunflowers and mixed bouquets made with love from our Flower Power program.

Phoebe’s Tea & Snack Bar • 8am to 12:30pm

Delicious Magpie baked goods, organic coffee, herb tea and other beverages.

Eat Your Veggies Demo • 8:30am to 12pm

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

Garden to Pantry• 8:30am to 12pm

U.C. Master Food Preservers offer tips about making the most of the summer harvest.

Join Us for Lunch • 11am to 12:30pm

The Culinary Arts Team is having a fundraiser. Enjoy a healthy lunch featuring produce grown at the farm. Proceeds benefit our education programs. Purchase tickets at Phoebe’s Tea & Snack Bar.

Fun for Kids • 8am to 12:30pm • FREE

Kids’ Activity Tent: Make flower crowns at our kid’s activity tent located near the Farmstand checkout.
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 create a magical fairy door to take home.

Live Music: Ice Cream Stringband • 9am to 12pm

Location: 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.

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

Bird Walks

Saturdays, Aug. 18, Oct. 20, Nov. 10 • 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 for August 18 >>
Register for October 20 >>
Register for November 10 >>

Beginning Home Gardener Weekend Intensive

Sat., October 20 and Sun., October 21 • 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.
Instructor: Daylin Wade, Clinical Herbalist and Educator
Register >>

Yoga on the Farm

Every Wednesday at 8am, Open to All Levels

Join yoga teacher, Summer Ward, for a one hour yoga class on the farm every Wednesday from 8 to 9am through October 31 in the Outdoor Theatre located across from the Schoolhouse. This class is open to all levels and is donation-based. Suggested donation is $10 (pay instructor at class with cash or check). Summer has been a long-time supporter of Soil Born and her teaching is grounded in nature. These classes will be a blend of breath work, along with intentional movement. Her style is intuitive and accommodating to all who attend. No need to register in advance. Find out more about Summer >>