Pictured: Rows of greenhouses behind rows of crops at Soil Born Farms, October 2023; photograph by Kara Chin

Kara Chin

Pictured: A cover crop at Soil Born Farms with a sign explaining how cover cropping works; photo by Nolan Kirby

Nolan Kirby

Pictured: Geese in flight above Soil Born Farms; photo by Paul Abrams

Paul Abrams

Pictured: A large, fruit-laden orange tree on Soil Born Farms; photo by Monika Kost

Monika Kost

Pictured: a diverse group of students gathered around an instructor at Soil Born Farms

Help Bring Animals Back to the Ranch

Pictured: Artist's rendering of the proposed Soil Born Farms animal barn

Call to Action

On April 18, 2024 at 10 am the Lower American River Conservancy (LARC) will consider a $2 million dollar funding proposal from Soil Born Farms to build a new animal barn. Currently there are no facilities at the American River Ranch to properly care for farm animals whose presence on the land is critical for us to achieve the dynamic environmental stewardship and education goals of our project that benefits the American River Parkway and Sacramento community.

The Animal Barn Will Advance These Important Goals:

Regenerative Agriculture

Rotational grazing will be used to restore soil fertility, capture carbon and build soil biology, all fundamental functions of a regenerative agriculture system.

Environmental Stewardship

Eliminate invasive weeds, reduce fire fuel, establish grassland, support wildlife habitat establishment, support creek health and eliminate the use of toxic chemical herbicides, all critical needs of our American River ecosystem.

Education

Provide appropriate shelter for the animals that are an integral part of the Cordova High School’s Agriculture Academy located adjacent to the American River Ranch. This will be a gamechanger for students enrolled in the program and will provide opportunities to introduce thousands of children to farm animals, humane animal husbandry, ecological land management in addition to engaging  the visiting public.

Three Simple Ways You Can Support Us Today!

Sign Our Petition

Sign our petition online to express your support of our animal barn proposal.

Sign our petition in person at the Welcome Tent when you visit the farm on Saturday mornings between 8 am and 1pm.

Email a Letter of Support

Address your letter of support  to the Lower American River Conservancy at info@soilborn.org explaining your interest in the animal program and asking to “Please support Soil Born Farms’ Animal Barn project.”

Show up in Person

Join us at the public meeting on April 18 at 10 am. The meeting will be held at California Natural Resource Agency headquarters first floor auditorium, downtown Sacramento at  715 P street. Or attend this meeting online via Zoom.

Weekly Online Marketplace

Drive-thru Farmstand Pickup on Saturday

Our marketplace features organic produce, prepared foods, seedlings, fruit trees and an assortment of organic pantry and baked goods that we have curated from local farms, bakeries and small businesses (see details below). It’s a one-stop shopping experience that will support you and local farmers, bakers, artisans and entrepreneurs on the road to recovery.

Shop from Tuesday at 5pm through Thursday at 9am >>

Order and Pickup Schedule for the Week of April 8

Order Online: Tues., April 9 from 5pm through Thurs., April 11 at 9am
Prescheduled Order Pickup: Sat., April 13 between 8am and 1:00pm
Note: Our services may be limited during storms. Check the website or social media for updates.

Saturday at the Farm

Stress-Free Shopping

Open Air Organic Produce Stand

For our customers who prefer to shop in person and choose their own produce. With the aim to provide you with an abundant selection of organic produce every season, we are honored to sell organic produce from our own fields and from family farms and orchards in the region. For the best selection order online and choose the walk up option on Saturday. We’ll have everything packed and ready to go. If you see something else you want, you can buy that too. EBT accepted. Opens at 8:00 am.

Milly’s Mercantile

We’ve curated a delicious collection of local farm goods, pantry staples and handcrafted products, Camina bread, Real Pie Company frozen pot pies, homemade soup by the quart from our Farmstand Kitchen and beautiful floral wreaths. We are proud to feature the creations of local artisans. Check out the local, unique artisan products and practical gifts we offer in Milly’s Mercantile. Open 8:30 am-1pm.

Phoebe’s Tea & Snack Bar

Named after a beloved cow, Phoebe’s Tea & Snack Bar is a micro business created to provide on-the-job training for our teen empowerment program. We serve Pachamama organic coffee, organic tea blends, chai, hot spiced cider, cold beverages, healthy snacks and delicious baked goods from Real Pie Co., Camina, Old Soul Co. and our very own Farmhouse Kitchen. The Stop by on your next bike ride, hike or farm visit. Local musicians perform each week. Opens at 8:30 am. Enjoy a Green Plate Special featuring our delicious soup, salad and Camina bread weekly.

Regenerative agriculture provides answers to the soil crisis, the hunger crisis, the health crisis and the climate crisis and the crisis of democracy

~Dr. Vandana Shiva

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.

Regenerating Our Soil

Soil Born Featured in Comstock’s Magazine

Read the Comstock’s Magazine article about regenerative agriculture practices in our area. Soil Born Farm’s shift toward a regenerative management plan is slow and one of continuous learning that strategically introduces new agricultural methods. As the farm reopens to the public—that’s expected late spring or early summer—those practices will have an even stronger presence in the farm’s (urban agriculture educational) curriculum. Read the article: Regenerating Our Soil >>