Learn & Grow

Classes Connect Food, Health and Environment

Our goal of making a difference and transforming a shared vision of healthy food for all into a local reality is rooted in education. We offer a wide variety of classes, courses and programs to mentor youth and future farmers, teach people how to garden and cook, train teachers and plant school gardens, develop partnerships and work to improve access to fresh produce throughout our community.

Soil Born Farms is also a living laboratory where children and adults of all ages can come to learn how nutritious food will help to shape their health throughout their lifetime. It is a place where people can find the support that they may need to change their eating habits and improve their well-being.

Rancho Cordova is getting back to our agricultural roots in partnership with Soil Born Farms — connecting our kids to gardens at their schools and giving all of our residents access to fresh local food and fresh knowledge about urban agriculture.
~Mayor David Sanders

Youth Education

Our Roots and Wings youth education program focuses on experiential, hands-on learning in the natural world, in the garden and in the kitchen. Students of all ages engage in experiences at the farm and along the American River Parkway where they learn valuable life skills that encourage healthy living. The Growing Together school garden initiative creates similar experiences for youth on school campuses in South Sacramento. We are advocating for a garden in every school by 2020.

Adult Education

Our Grow Your Groceries Urban Farming Initiative is 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. There’s more: backyard chickens, beekeeping, cooking…! In partnership with the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, we also offer a large variety of classes to help you green your thumb and grow your urban homestead.

Herbal Studies

Learn about growing edible and medicinal herbs and flowers for enhanced health and wellbeing. Hands-on programs often include herb walks around the farm and the American River with lots of tasting and smelling.

Fun on the Farm

We collaborate with the Sacramento Natural Foods Coop to present opportunities for children ages 3 to 9 to have fun exploring the American River Ranch. Kids meet the farm animals, dig in the garden soil, plant seedlings, sample fresh veggies, create something special to take home and make a farm fresh snack.

Key Initiatives



Something to Crow About

  • 3,250 students learned about healthy food, gardening, cooking and environmental stewardship
  • 375 teachers received training and 50 school gardens supported
  • 300 people attended A Garden in Every School Symposium
  • 27 beginning farmers trained and 640 home gardeners educated