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.

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

May Day

Pop-Up Online Organic Plant Sale

Our May Day online pop-up event SOLD OUT in record time, thank you all for your enthusiasm and support! Watch for details about our next online sale, a pop-up for Mother’s Day, which will be accepting orders on Wednesday, May 6 with drive-through order pickup on Friday, May 8… In the meantime, you can browse the marketplace to view the goods. We will be adding more gift items this week.

REMINDER for people with orders that were placed this week: Drive-through order pick-up will take place on this Friday, May 1.*

Customer Service: info@soilborn.org
American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670.

*Please note: The farm is closed to the public until further notice so you will need to stay in your cars and we will load your purchases. Wear face coverings, bring your own gloves and maintain social distance. Only people who have ordered plants in advance will have access. Arrive at your scheduled pick-up time to avoid waiting.

Victory Gardens Making a Comeback in 2020

“Growing your own food is like printing your own money” ~Ron Finley

Soil Born Farms has been inspiring and teaching families to grow some of their own food and herbs since 2000. One of the original objectives of Victory Gardens that started during World War I applies to the current challenge we face today— “to maintain the vitality and morale of Americans on the home front through the production of nutritious vegetables outdoors.” We know that spending time in nature and getting our hands in the soil goes a long way to reduce anxiety and boost our immune system. Nothing beats the flavor or nutritional value of food straight from the garden. Let’s get growing!

As we prioritize health and safety guidelines currently in place at the farm we are thrilled to offer collections of organic starts of vegetables, herbs and flowers and fruit trees to create a victory garden or add to your home garden, patio, backyard orchard or urban farm. We’ve selected varieties that do well in our climate. The Greenhouse Garden Shop is a micro business that grows healthy seedlings for the farm, school gardens, community gardens and home gardens while engaging youth and adults in the process. The greenhouse and fruit tree nursery are important components of our Grow Your Groceries and Harvest Sacramento programs. Proceeds benefit SBF education programs.

COVID-19 Notice

Our Farmstand, all classes and events are on hold at the moment… Please check back as we are monitoring the COVID-19 guidelines for re-opening services and responding accordingly.

Autumn Equinox Celebration Thanks

Thank you for Attending our 17th Annual Fundraiser

Thank you for your generous support of our Autumn Equinox Celebration! The event is a labor of love with many wonderful people and organizations collaborating to make it happen. We are grateful for the support we receive to restore and develop the historic American River Ranch. It is a community treasure filled with possibilities that we are proud to make accessible to the public.

Please stay involved with Soil Born Farms. We rely on your generous donations of time and money to help us grow organic food, feed families, educate youth and adults, train new farmers and gardeners, inspire healthy living and create a regional center for food, health and the environment. Together we can make a difference and improve the quality of life in our community.
View event photos by Joan Cusick and Brian B. Fox >>

Many thanks to our event partners, title sponsor and underwriters:

Rancho Cordova Wells fargo
Tonys Fine Foods


The Waterboy
Centro Cocina Mexicana
Magpie Café
Mulvaney’s B&L
Old Soul Co. Bakery
A Healthy Kitchen
Federalist Public House & Beer Garden
Selland Market Café
Tony’s Fine Foods
Osteria Moto
Freeport Bakery
Soil Born Farms
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co
Pho Fresh Vietnamese Grill
Pushkin’s Bakeries
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op
Vaneli’s Handcrafted Coffee
Phoebe’s Tea & Snack Bar
Preservation & co.
Carmazzi Caramel Corn
Eel River Organic Meat
Straus Family Creamery
The Good Stuff
Chefzenti Personal Chef Services
Grindstone Bakery
Pachamama Coffee
Real Pie Company
Fiscalini Cheese Company
Bella Bru Baking Company
Smart Chicken
Keller Crafted Meats
SacTown Bites
Niman Ranch
American River College Culinary Arts
Common Kettle Farm
Durst Organic Growers
Pedroza Dairy & Cheese Company
Sun & Soil Juice Co.
La Saison
Sierra Nevada Cheese Co.
World’s Best Cheese Co.
Full Belly Farm
Dragon Gourmet Mushrooms


Boeger Winery
Pedroncelli Winery
Moniz Family
Capay Valley Vineyards
Sean Minor Wines
Revolution Winery & Kitchen
Voluptuary Wine
Track 7
Cider House
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Don Sebastiani & Sons
Two Rivers Cider Co.
Casino Mine Ranch
J.J. Pfister Distilling Company
Dancing Coyote Wines
Revana Family Vineyard
Delicato Family Vineyards
Zeal Kombucha
Fort Rock Brewing
Tower Brewing Co

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Sign-up for the Fall/Winter Season

As a Soil Born Farms CSA member, the impact of your dollars goes beyond putting healthy, organic, delicious food on your table. This investment in Soil Born Farms allows you to reconnect with the land, know your farmers and participate directly in a local food system. In addition, you provide valuable support for innovative education programs, food access initiatives and the development of our nonprofit community farm and education center. You can choose to receive a CSA farm box every week or every other week. Sign up by phone with Kara, 916-363-9685 Ext. 1005. For more info >>

Day on the Farm Postponed!

Thunderstorms Projected for Sunday, We are Heeding Mother Nature

A Day on the Farm is an important fundraiser for Soil Born Farms and a beloved regional event for our community. Despite these realities, incurred costs and months of planning, the safety and enjoyment of our guests is paramount.

The American River Ranch is absolutely beautiful right now so please join us for Saturdays at the Farm every week from 9am-1pm for farm fresh produce, live music and activities.

A special thanks to our sponsors, musicians, community partners and volunteers who are committed to this event.

Please consider this a rain check and we will keep you posted on the rescheduled date. We hope you will join us to eat, learn & celebrate on a sunny day on the farm soon.

Thank you for your understanding and support,

With love from all of us at Soil Born Farms

Many thanks to our event sponsors:

Citi Rancho Cordova
SMUD Sac Co Regional Parks

Spring Wellness Day: Urban Healing Retreat

Saturday, March 9 • 9am to 5pm • $75 • American River Ranch

Enjoy a day of inspiration, nature and rejuvenation at Soil Born Farms without leaving the city. Start the spring season off with simple, practical tips for making self-care part of every day. You will hear inspiring personal stories woven with cutting edge research, helpful lifestyle suggestions, cooking, self-healing techniques, nutrition and herbal wisdom. Gather insights and tools that will help you feel your best and stay healthy with the seasons. We’ve planned a day that includes presentations, movement, hands-on activities and nourishing meals. There will be time to ask questions, relax, set your personal intentions, enjoy the American River Ranch and visit with presenters and guests. A light breakfast, delicious organic lunch and afternoon tea will be served. Come make the connection between food, health and the environment. You’ll feel refreshed and motivated to take good care of YOU!
Space is limited. Adults only. Register >>

8:30 to 9am Check-in & Breakfast

9am Welcome & Review the Day

Morning Session

9:15am (choose one):

Outdoor Yoga

with Summer Ward, Yoga and Meditation Instructor
Summer’s teaching is grounded in nature. This class will be a blend of breath work, along with intentional movement. Her style is intuitive and accommodating to all levels. (you can bring your own yoga mat or borrow one)


Nature Walk

with Alyssa Kassner, SBF Youth Educator & Naturalist
Take a moment to get grounded and reconnect with yourself and the environment. Allow the natural world to capture your curiosity, engage all of your senses and inspire gratitude on a peaceful walk around the farm.

10:20am Guided Meditation & Journaling

10:45am Establishing Good Habits

with Rev. Candis Cantin, Integrative Herbalist, Counselor & Teacher, EverGreen School of Integrative Herbology
Ayurveda proposes three stages in the quest for good health: Routine, daily and seasonal activities to prevent illness, purification and palliative therapy for disease, and rejuvenation of the system to enhance health and quality of life. Ayurveda’s preventive medicine is called SVASTHAVRTTA, establishing oneself in good habits. And its salient principle is that one must reject excess in everything. Harmony and health are possible only when everything in life is enjoyed at the proper moment in the proper amount.

11:30am Caring for Your Inner Clock

with Maxine Barish-Wreden, MD, ABIHM Medical Director of the Institute for Health & Healing in Sacramento
Longevity is affected by many things, including our nutrition, sleep, and exercise. But did you know that the timing of your meals, exercise, and sleep may also have a profound impact on your health and longevity? Dr. Max will explore how the body’s natural biological rhythms, also known as circadian rhythms, may be a key contributor to our long-term good health by optimizing our metabolism and ensuring the healthy expression of our genes.

12:30 to 1:30pm Lunch served in the Farmhouse Kitchen & Patio

Enjoy an organic salad bar of your dreams, homemade soup and special treats. The lunch is sponsored by Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op and prepared by our Culinary Arts Team.

Afternoon Session

1:30pm (choose one):

Herb Walk & Talk

with Rev. Candis Cantin, Integrative Herbalist, Counselor and Teacher and Daylin Wade, Clinical Herbalist and Community Educator, Owner, Taproot Botanicals
Meet near the outdoor theatre and explore the farm and herb gardens with Candis and Daylin. Learn how to wildcraft herbal medicine in your own backyard. They will share tips for growing, harvesting and making herbal remedies. We will be offering medicinal herb starts and products for sale from Soil Born Farms and Taproot Botanicals.


Gorgeous Greens 3 Ways Cooking Class & Tasting

with Terese Hollander Esperas, Cooking Instructor, A Healthy Kitchen and SBF staff
Emerald Spinach Soup (so velvety and rich you won’t believe it’s dairy-free and quick to make), sautéed garlicky greens (everyone needs this in their repertoire) and a vibrant smoothie with greens, ginger and lemon.


Senses, Massage & Movement

with Ann Sibbet, Co-Owner, Integrative Therapy & Learning Center
Selecting aromatic plants begins this class; with a brief share about the aromatic properties. We proceed to sit on stools for a self-massage sequence to awaken the senses and prepare the body for movement. Our class continues with gentle spine exercises, connected with breathing, seated and standing. Adapted from GYROKINESIS ® (GYROTONIC® Expansion System by Juliu Horvath).

2:45pm Spring Herbal Tea Tasting • Intention Ritual • Sound Healing

Sound Healing with Dana Marie, THY NATURE. Demonstration using crystal bowls and other instruments.

3:30pm Self Care Panel

Facilitated by Janet Zeller, Founder & Co-Director Soil Born Farms
Inspiring conversation about self care with a cook, farmer, activist, educator, herbalist, doctor and yogi.

4:30pm Closing Circle

Special thanks to the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op for supporting the meals for this event.

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. Help us plan accordingly, sign up for a volunteer shift in advance >>

Invest in Your Community Farm

Double Your Impact: Matching Grant Extended to Jan. 18

Invest in the Possibilities. In the spring of 2000, a seed holding the vision of what Soil Born Farms could become was planted in a vacant field behind Betsy Collins’ home on Hurley Way. This seed, cultivated with love and hard work and sustained by the support of a small number of donors and community partners, has blossomed into a powerful force for change in America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital. Our talented team of farmers, educators, activists and volunteers has accomplished a lot but there is much more to do. Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture & Education Project is at a pivotal point in our mission to improve health, reduce hunger and move into the next phase of development of our Center for Food Health & the Environment at the American River Ranch. We need your financial support to continue this legacy project.

Double your impact. Help us meet our end-of-the-year fundraising goal of $150,000 by making a tax-deductible investment in Soil Born Farms by Jan. 18. Your gift will be matched with generous support from the Dave & Maxine Clark Family up to $75,000.

Priorities and Accomplishments

Grow More Food and Farmers

Develop a one-acre training garden to teach home-scale farming, manage our young fruit tree orchard and train more farming apprentices and urban gardeners. Help reduce hunger neighborhood by neighborhood. We have trained 59 beginning farmers since 2000. 1,795 adults attended classes in 2018.

Advance the School Garden Initiative

Cultivate relationships with partners and share resources across the region. Advocate for a garden in every school. Provide life-changing experiences for more students grades 1–12 attending Title 1 schools. Host A Garden in Every School Symposium on March 14 and 15, 2020. Our team engages more than 2,557 students in the garden during the school year at ten campuses in South Sacramento and Rancho Cordova.

Seed the Future of the Edible City

Install a new greenhouse, purchase supplies and equipment, and establish a nursery to provide starts of vegetables, fruit tree stock, native edibles, and medicinal and culinary herbs. This will support the visionary initiatives of our Harvest Sacramento, Growing Together and Grow Your Groceries programs. Since 2010, over 386,060 pounds of fruit has been gleaned and donated to families in need. This year, 130,000 plants were seeded in our greenhouse and over 118 varieties.

Restore and Develop the Historic American River Ranch

Construct the new Farmstand building to include a snack bar, commercial kitchen and cooking school, upgrade the parking lots and install a shade structure in the outdoor theatre. Over 4,200 students enjoyed hands-on experiences at the American River Ranch this year.

Partner with Soil Born Farms

In addition to raising essential funds to sustain our programs and initiatives, we are seeking individual and corporate partners to help us advance important priority projects in 2019. Contact Shawn Harrison or Janet Zeller for more info: (916) 363.9685 x1015.

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