Alyssa Kassner

Rebecca Le

Rebecca Le

Maggie Mason

Rebecca Le

Spring Gardening Clinic

Saturday, March 23 • 9am to 1pm

Learn to grow vibrant, tasty and healthy plants from our knowledgeable staff and community educators. Register for free classes, walks and tours at the Welcome Tent. Tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited.

Free Gardening Classes

Meet in Schoolhouse

9:15–10am Backyard Beekeeping with Rachel Morrison, The Beecharmers

10:15–11am Worm Composting with Cheri Davis, SMUD

10:30–11:30am Basic Spring Gardening with Shawn Harrison (meet in Oak Shelter)

11:15am–noon Raising Backyard Chickens  with Greg Howes and Brian Fikes, Two Flew the Coop

12:15–1pm Gardening with Native Plants with Mark Lum, California Native Plant Society

Tours, Walks & Talks

Meet at Oak Shelter

10–10:45am Farm Tour with Tyler Stowers

10–11am Bird Walk with Cliff Hawley

11–11:45am Herb Walk with Kellan MacKay

11am–noon Nature Walk with Cliff Hawley

12–12:45pm Edible City Walk with Shiree Rezendes

12:15–1pm Gardening with Kids with Alyssa Kassner and Lacey Carlson

Culinary Arts Fundraiser • 9:30am to 1pm

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

Location: American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Dr., Rancho Cordova. This is a rain or shine event.

Saturday at the Farm: Winter Pop-up

March 23* • 9am to 1pm

Everything you love about Saturday at the farm plus a fire to keep you warm! Bring the whole family out to the American River Ranch for activities, tours and classes. Our organic produce is spectacular this season. Get inspired with beautiful greens, colorful squash, sweet root veggies and seasonal fruit. Our demo chefs will be cooking up some simple recipes to taste and prepare at home.

Pop-Up Farmstand

Visit us in the barn and take home fresh from the field produce: Greens: kale, salad mix, braise mix; Chicories: mixed chicories; Other: Broccoli, cabbage, carrots, beets; Alliums: winter onions, leeks; Herbs: bay, rosemary; Fruit: grapefruit, oranges; Misc: Culinary herb starts and practical gifts.

Phoebe’s Tea & Snack Bar

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

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 Table in the Barn: Make nature bookmarks.
Pop-Up StoryWalk: Go on a interactive StoryWalk with Susanna from the Rancho Cordova Library. Families will take a short walk, reading the story “Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!” and collecting treasures to add to their own bug habitat. A librarian will be present to help everyone get the most fun out of reading and learning about bugs! Also check out all the healthy food and fun activities that the farm offers. Meet in the Youth Garden.

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.

Live Music: The Miner Flatts • 9:30am to 12:30pm

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.

*Note: Winter pop-up is weather-dependent and subject to cancellation.

Save the Date: April 6 •  9am to 2pm

Don’t miss our Farmstand opening day: Saturday at the Farm and Spring Plant Sale with CNPS Elderberry Nursery.

Explore SBF Job Opportunities

We’re Hiring a Farmer

We are looking to hire a full-time, year-round farmer to join our Farm Team. This position is involved with all aspects of food production at the American River Ranch. If you have a passion for growing food, hard work, and educating beginning farmers, please apply for this position. Submit a resume, cover letter and any questions by March 22, 2019 to Farm Manager Tyler Stowers >>

Download full job description >>

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. Early Bird Registration through April 1. More information, session dates and registration >>

Featured Classes

Bird Walks

Saturdays, April 6 and June 8 • 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 April  >>
Register for June  >>

Beginning Home Gardener Weekend Intensive

Sat., March 30 and Sun., March 31 • 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. Topics include: Garden Design & Seasonality; Building Healthy Soil; Prep & Plant Your Garden; Water and Irrigation; Garden Ecology & Pest Management; Growing Herbs and Perennials. Instructor: Daylin Wade, Clinical Herbalist and Educator. Register >>