Alyssa Kassner

Maggie Mason

Alyssa Kassner

Rebecca Le

Year-Round Garden Team

Work and Learn on Wellness Wednesdays

Looking for a fun way to get some exercise, fresh air and sunshine? Play, make friends, get your hands in the soil and nourish your spirit. Volunteers are welcome every Wednesday to assist the the staff in tending our mother and teaching gardens at the American River Ranch. You will learn about medicinal herbs, native plants, flowers, trees, vegetables and succulents. Volunteers support with greenhouse activities, plant sales and fruit tree orchard care. Tasks change with the season. It’s an opportunity to gain knowledge and build skills. Beginning and experienced gardeners are welcome. There will be no year-round garden team on January 16 or January 23. The year-round garden team will resume on January 30. Help us plan accordingly, sign up for a volunteer shift in advance >>

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 Feb. 9, 2019 to Farm Manager Tyler Stowers >>

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Saturday at the Farm

Winter Pop-ups Barnstand

Everything you love about Saturday at the Farm plus a fire to keep you warm!
The following dates are weather-dependent and subject to cancellation.

February 2: Groundhog Day
February 23: Signs of Spring
March 9: Wellness Symposium
March 23: Spring Gardening Clinic

Don’t miss opening day, April 6, 2019: Saturday at the Farm and Spring Plant Sale with CNPS Elderberry Nursery.

Support Our Herbal Studies Program

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. This will provide students with practical experience and increase the value they receive from classes we offer. We 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 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 >>

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, January 19 and February 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 for January >>
Register for February >>

Intro to Urban Backyard Beekeeping

Saturday, January 26 • 1 to 4pm

Are you planning to start your first backyard beehive this spring? Or are you just curious about urban beekeeping? Do you consider yourself a beginner beekeeper and want to learn new strategies or brush up on your beekeeping skills? Instructor: Rachel Morrison, The Beecharmers.  Register >>

This workshop will cover the basics for a successful start to backyard beekeeping and topics will include:

  • Choosing hive style and using basic equipment
  • How to talk to your neighbors about your new hobby
  • When, what and hows of hive inspection
  • How to spot the queen (or know when she’s not there!)
  • Integrated pest management strategies
  • Common hive problems and solutions
  • Honey extraction
  • Winter beekeeping checklist