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Summer Day Camp

Register Today

This summer, students in grades pre-k through 6th have the opportunity to attend a unique, fun and educational summer day camp at Soil Born Farms’ 55-acre ranch located along the beautiful American River Parkway.
Our day camps provide a wonderful opportunity for youth to make the connection between food, health and the environment. With so much to do in each camp session, youth are guaranteed to find something that peaks their curiosity and gets them excited! Each week, participants will explore garden, field, creek and river environments, get their hands dirty and cook up tasty food. This memorable summer activity for your children has the potential to be life changing! Register for our camps >>

Little Sprouts

Campers ages 4–5 have an opportunity to meet the chickens, dig in the dirt, smell herbs and taste fresh fruits and vegetables. Using stories, songs, crafts, and games, our youngest campers will learn about our farm while enjoying playful, fun-filled mornings. Please note: This camp runs June 18-21 from 9–11:30am.

Farm Camp

Learn how to grow food and flowers, harvest and cook with our culinary team, and explore new spaces with us! Youth will spend the week learning about the American River Ranch and connecting to their food, their health and the environment. In the garden, around the farm, and at the American River, campers will become stewards of the natural world and build a new community of friends. Check out our sample schedule below.

Tuesday – Field and Garden Day

Campers will be oriented to the garden, get their hands dirty, and dig into what the week will be all about.

Wednesday – Farm to Fork Day

Campers will harvest produce from our fields and create delicious recipes with our culinary arts team.

Thursday – Creek and River Exploration

Campers will hike and explore as we adventure through Cordova Creek and the American River Parkway.

Friday – Art and Market Day

Campers will craft and harvest as they prepare their own Farmers Market Party for families and friends to experience.

Session Dates:

Gardeners (campers ages 6-8)

July 16 to 19 or
July 23 to 26

Jr. Farmers (campers ages 9-12)

July 9 to 12 or
July 30 to August 2

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 June 17

Order Online: Tues., June 18 from 5pm through Thurs., June 20 at 9am
Prescheduled Order Pickup: Sat., June 22 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.

Accomplishments ’23

Made Possible with Your Support

  •  50,000 pounds of certified organic produce was grown at the farm
  • 150,000+ organic plants seeded in our Greenhouse
  • 862 6-packs and 3.25″ pot seedlings along with curriculum, garden resources and tools were distributed to local schools in Sacramento and Rancho Cordova.
  • 172 teachers from SCUSD, SJUSD and FCUSD and credentialed student teachers from CSUS were trained in garden and environmental curriculum to facilitate successful, engaged learning in outdoor environments.
  • 1,860 students participated in field trips, homeschool classes, after school activities and summer camp at the American River Ranch.
  • 22 interns (14 college and 8 high school) were trained and engaged at school gardens, on-site youth education and in farm activities
  • 7.805 student garden or farm experiences made possible through our Growing Together and Roots & Wings programs
  • 101 adult classes were offered in home gardening, fruit tree care, nature exploration, herbal medicine, wellness, yoga and native plants.
  • 6,500 pounds of fruit gleaned from neighborhoods
  • 36 organic small farms, local businesses and artisans sell through our online marketplace
  • 2,432 families served through our online marketplace & drive thru farmstand and the open air produce stand on Saturdays
  • $9,594.10 healthy food sales through 252 CalFresh/EBT transactions. Thanks to a partnership with Alchemist CDC and the Market Match Program, our customers received $8,510.45  in free produce and plants.
  • 2,365 quarts of healing soup prepared with love using seasonal, organic produce by the Culinary Arts Team. The soup was offered for drive thru pick up and served on Saturdays.
  • 21 teens were employed and mentored at the Marketplace Drive-thru Farmstand, Phoebe’s Tea & Snack Bar and had summer jobs with youth ed, in the office and the kitchen.
  • 425 people attended our free seasonal gardening clinics.
  • 91 fruit trees were distributed for free and planted in home gardens with support from the City of Rancho Cordova. 167 more fruit trees were sold to home gardeners from our nursery.
  • 26 grants applied for (14 awarded and 8 pending)
  • 347 volunteers worked over 2600 hours on the farm, in the kitchen and at school sites assisting on a variety of food access, environmental stewardship and youth empowerment activities.
  • 1 Schoolhouse was renovated to improve ADA access. A new Viewshed Deck was added to support our micro business enterprises including rentals, catering, pop ups, community events and our education program to include culinary classes.
  • 1 Starter Colony of Bees  was successfully removed from a Mulberry Tree in a high traffic area and moved to the Youth Orchard. Our educators will use this new Bee Hive to enhance the Youth Education program and benefit the surrounding orchards and gardens.

Summer Day Camp

We Grow More than Food

Registration is Now Open

This summer, students in grades pre-K through 6th have the opportunity to attend a unique, fun and educational summer day camp at Soil Born Farms’ 55-acre ranch located along the beautiful American River Parkway. Our day camps provide a wonderful opportunity for youth to make the connection between food, health and the environment. With so much to do in each camp session, youth are guaranteed to find something that peaks their curiosity and gets them excited! Each week, participants will explore garden, field, creek and river environments, get their hands dirty and cook up tasty food. This memorable summer activity for your children has the potential to be life changing! Act now, spaces fill up quickly.

New this Summer! Saturday Kids Adventures

This summer we are excited to offer single day kids adventures on Saturday mornings! These are perfect for kids who want to enjoy the farm but have packed summer schedules. We will spend our mornings harvesting in the garden, crafting with plants or out adventuring along the parkway. Mixed age experiences for campers ages 6-11. Sign up for one or more sessions.

Click here for more information>>

Register for our camps>>

Accomplishments ’22

Made Possible with Your Support

  • 60,000 pounds of certified organic produce was grown at the farm
  • 150,000+ organic plants seeded in our Greenhouse
  • 1,080 6-packs and 3.25″ pot seedlings along with curriculum, garden resources and tools were distributed to local schools in Sacramento and Rancho Cordova.
  • 300 teachers from SCUSD, SJUSD and FCUSD and credentialed student teachers from CSUS were trained in garden and environmental curriculum to facilitate successful, engaged learning in outdoor environments.
  • 961 students participated in field trips, homeschool classes, after school activities and summer camp at the American River Ranch.
  • 16 interns were trained and engaged at school gardens and in farm activities
  • 4,785 student garden or farm experiences made possible through our Growing Together and Roots & Wings programs
  • 162 adult classes were offered in home gardening, fruit tree care, nature exploration, herbal medicine, wellness, yoga and native plants.
  • 6,500 pounds of fruit gleaned from neighborhoods
  • 35 organic small farms, local businesses and artisans sell through our online marketplace
  • 1,938 families served through our online marketplace & drive thru farmstand and the open air produce stand on Saturdays
  • $8,292 healthy food sales through 217 CalFresh/EBT transactions. Thanks to a partnership with Alchemist CDC and the Market Match Program, our customers received $7,588 in free produce and plants.
  • 1,850 quarts of healing soup prepared with love using seasonal, organic produce by the Culinary Arts Team. The soup was offered for drive thru pick up and served on Saturdays.
  • 15 teens were employed and mentored at the Marketplace Drive-thru Farmstand, Phoebe’s Tea & Snack Bar and had summer jobs with youth ed, in the office and the kitchen.
  • 425 people attended our free seasonal gardening clinics.
  • 62 fruit trees were distributed for free and planted in home gardens with support from the City of Rancho Cordova. 110 more fruit trees were sold to home gardeners from our nursery.
  • 26 grants applied for (13 awarded and 3 pending)
  • 228 volunteers worked over 1700 hours on the farm, in the kitchen and at school sites assisting on a variety of food access, environmental stewardship and youth empowerment activities.
  • 1 Farmhouse Kitchen was renovated to expand our micro business enterprise to include culinary classes, cooks camp, job training, pop ups, catering, healthy soup and meals for the Online Marketplace, Phoebe’s Tea & Snack Bar and Milly’s Mercantile.

Fall Plant Sale and Gardening Clinic

Saturday, August 27 • 8am to 1pm

Get Ready to Grow! Visit our organic plant sale to fill your garden with vegetable starts, edible perennials, medicinal and culinary herbs, succulents and fruit trees which will provide food and beauty through the fall and winter. All plants are organically grown with love and selected for the Sacramento area. Pick up high quality potting soil, compost and seeds and chat with our farmers and educators. Shop early for the best selection. Download Plant List >>

Free Gardening Clinic

Free Classes, Talks and Tours. Learn how to grow vibrant, tasty, and healthy plants from Soil Born Farms’ knowledgeable staff and community educators. Activities include: preparing your fall garden, growing fall/winter greens, seed saving, wreath making, native plant walk, regenerative agriculture farm tour, master beekeeper Q&A, and more. This is a rain or shine event. Registration will occur at the event ONLY and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Check in for tickets at the turquoise Event Tent. Schedule is subject to change.

Class Schedule

8:00–8:45am Preparing a Fall Garden with Shawn Harrison, Soil Born Farms
9:00–9:45am Drip Irrigation for the Home or School Garden with Shannon Hardwicke, Soil Born Farms
9:00–9:45am Master Beekeeper Q&A with Rachel Morrison, The Beecharmers
10:00–10:45am Attracting Birds and Beneficials to Your Backyard with Cliff Hawley
10:00–10:45am Preparing a Fall Garden with Shawn Harrison
11:00–11:45am Growing Greens Tyler Stowers, Soil Born Farms
12:00–12:45pm Master Beekeeper Q&A with Rachel Morrison, The Beecharmers

Tours, Walks & Talks

8:00–8:45am Regenerative Agriculture Farm Tour with Zebulon Siegel, Soil Born Farms
9:00–9:45am Native Plant Walk with Mark Shaffer, Happy Grow Lucky LLC and CNPS (California Native Plant Society)
9:00–9:45am Regenerative Agriculture Farm Tour with Tyler Stowers
10:00–10:45am Wreath Making Demo with Dried Flowers with Lacey Carlson, Soil Born Farms
11:00–11:45am Explore Volunteer Opportunities in the Gardens, Farm and Kitchen with Vanessa Forwood, Soil Born Farms
12:00–12:45pm Intro to Seed Saving with Kellan MacKay, Soil Born Farms
12:00–12:45pm Regenerative Agriculture Farm Tour with Shawn Harrison

Farmhouse Kitchen Pop-up Brunch

9am–1pm (or until sold out) Fundraiser: Proceeds Benefit the Culinary Arts Program
Organic Garden Bowl $12
Greens, Whole Grains, Veggies (Gluten-free and Vegetarian, Vegan option available)
Farm Fresh Frittata Plate $12
Roasted Potatoes, Mixed Green Salad (Gluten-free, Vegetarian)
Lil’ Sprouts Plate $7
Three organic pancakes and fresh fruit served with organic maple syrup and organic butter

More information >>

Co-sponsored by Sacramento Natural Foods Coop

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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 >>

Kids on the Farm

Special Summer Program

Roots & WingsThrough experiential learning, discovery and play, youth will deepen their connection to food, health and the environment. Participants will explore, create, learn, sing and enjoy the outdoors. Kids on the Farm classes are designed for youth ages 7 to 11 years old. Each themed class will be unique and can be enjoyed as individual classes or taken as a series.

Thursdays from June 24 through July 29, 8:30 to 11:30 am. Price: $30 per class.

For more information and to register >>

June 24: Pollinator Palooza
July 1: We Dig Dirt
July 8: Roots, Shoots and Seeds
July 15: Nature Creations
July 22: Calling All Critters
July 29: Water Wizards