Youth Education

Planting Seeds of Self-Reliance

Our Roots and Wings youth education program focuses on experiential, hands-on learning in the natural world, in the garden and in the kitchen. Activities include: field trips (single visits and series), classes, workshops, farm tours, summer camp and job training. Soil Born Farms provides youth with a better understanding of what it takes to bring food from the farm to the table and help all of us become more aware of the important connection between our food, our health and the health of our environment. This simple and profound discovery has the potential to create positive change in the world for generations to come, one person at a time. 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. .

We offer opportunities for adult volunteers to work in partnership with students and also seasonal volunteer activities for kids in the community. Read about volunteer opportunities >>

Our 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. Explore volunteer opportunities for the program >>

Some of Our 2015 Accomplishments:

  • 4,050 students learned about healthy food, gardening, cooking and environmental stewardship.
  • 505 teachers received training.
  • 70 school gardens supported.
  • 300 people attended A Garden in Every School Symposium.

Note: Cited facts are from 2016.

Praise for Our Programs

From Students:

“I love coming to Soil Born Farms. It is peaceful and I always have a great time.”

“We got to help harvest the pumpkins for the farm stand. This was fun because it was OK to get dirty.”

“I really love our school garden and learning about plants and bugs.”

From Teachers:

“I can’t wait to share this compost lesson with my students. Our compost pile will be vital to our lesson on beneficial insects.”

“The experiences at Soil Born Farms have helped unify my students tremendously. I love the field trips because every student can participate and be successful.”

From Parents:

“You have single-handedly gotten my daughter to eat and like vegetables. Trips down the produce aisle will never be the same.”

“It was wonderful to see my child so joyful and engaged.”