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Preparing for a Season of Abundance

Trainings, Tree Plantings & Gleaning Opportunities Ahead

Join us for exciting volunteer opportunities with our edible city programs. On November 5, we’ll be joining our partners at the Sacramento Tree Foundation for a Neighborwoods tree planting event in South Sac at Samuel Kennedy Elementary School. Registration >>

We are also offering a series of volunteer trainings to expand our team of urban food foresters with tree harvest group leader trainings on Oct 29 and Dec 10 and a winter fruit tree care workshop with Leo Buc from Common Vision on Dec 3.

Fall also offers pomegranate and persimmon gleaning opportunities with our with neighborhood gleaning groups. Look for event dates and details on our our website and our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

For more information or to get involved with Harvest Sacramento’s programs, contact Edible City Coordinator Dominic Allamano.

Autumn Classes at the American River Ranch

Let Us Inspire You! Pre-Registration Required

View complete schedule of classes, events, instructor info and registration >>

Featured Class:

community nightSucculent Terrarium Workshop

Wednesday, November 2 • 6 to 8pm

Learn about the tiny world of terrariums and design your own sweet garden of wonder in a beautiful hanging glass globe. Create a sustainable healthy little ecosystem with succulents, moss, pebbles and miniature embellishments. There will be a demonstration and hands-on help. You will take home one finished glass globe gleaming with succulents and treasures. Instructor: Pamela Marentis, The Succulent Marketplace

Registration >>

Introduction to Urban Backyard Beekeeping

Saturday, October 29 • 12 to 3pm

Registration >>

Improve Your Environmental Footprint by Gardening with Native Plants

Saturday, November 5 • 1 to 4pm

Registration >>

The Art of Home Cooking: Braise It!

Wednesday, November 9 • 6 to 8pm

Registration >>

Basics of Herbal Medicine

Wednesday, November 16 • 5:30 to 8:30pm

Registration >>

The Wonders of Fungi and Mushrooms

Saturday, November 19 • 1 to 4pm

Registration >>

Herbs for Healthy Digestion

Saturday, December 3 • 9am to 12pm

Registration >>

Fruit Tree Care

Saturday, December 3 • 12:30 to 4:30pm

Registration >>

American River Ranch Farmstand

Open Every Saturday 8am to 12:30pm through Nov. 19

Taste and purchase fresh-from-the-field seasonal produce and enjoy organic coffee and delicious Magpie Café baked goods. Learn how to prepare seasonal vegetables in simple and delicious ways at our Eat Your Veggies demo. We have a unique selection of practical gifts, flowers, succulents, gourmet mushrooms and herbs.

We encourage you to bike or walk to the ranch, bring your shopping bag, and take a self-guided tour around the farm. Cash, credit card and EBT accepted. More info >>

Farm & Ranch Manager Apprenticeship Program

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For the past decade, Soil Born Farms has run its own apprenticeship program for beginner farmers in the region and trained over 50 people. This year we have partnered up with a few organizations to create the Farm and Ranch Manager Apprenticeship Program. The Farm and Ranch Manager Apprenticeship Program is a collaboration between the Center for Land-Based Learning, Soil Born Farms, the Department of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) and Los Rios Community College District. The goal of this apprenticeship program is to equip beginning farmers with sufficient training, work experience, and business management skills to obtain a secure management position with established farms, or be successful at starting and sustaining their own small farm businesses. The program consists of 3,000 hours of paid on the job training and 220 hours of classroom and course work. More information >>

Eat Your Veggies: International Year of Pulses

Include Some of the Planet’s Most Nutritious Food on Your Plate

Diet is an important contributor to health and to disease. Most countries face nutritional problems, from undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies to obesity and diet-related diseases (such as type II diabetes and certain types of cancer), or a mix of these.

Pulses are a nutrient-rich food that, as part of a healthy diet can help fight malnutrition in both developed and developing countries.
The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP). The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been nominated to facilitate the implementation of the Year in collaboration with Governments, relevant organizations, non-governmental organizations and all other relevant stakeholders.
The IYP 2016 aims to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition. The Year will create a unique opportunity to encourage connections throughout the food chain that would better utilize pulse-based proteins, further global production of pulses, better utilize crop rotations and address the challenges in the trade of pulses.

Learn More:

Check out this great 4 minute video:
A Journey Around the World with Pulses >>

Tips for Getting Kids to Eat Pulses >>

Health Benefits of Pulses Infographic >>

Warm Up with a Black Bean Soup Recipe by Chef Rick Mahan

Congratulations to our good friend Rick and his wonderful staff at The Waterboy on their 20th Anniversary! Black Bean Soup Recipe >>

Get Involved! Volunteer Opportunities

There are Many Ways to Engage with Soil Born Farms

Enjoy Autumn at Your Community Farm and Volunteer!

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Select the volunteer opportunities option or contact Rebecca Le, 916 363.9685 x1006.

General Volunteer Work/Learn Day

Saturday, November 5 • 9:30am to 12:30pm

Come out to the farm for a work/learn day. Projects vary, come prepared to have fun and get your hands dirty. Enjoy lunch with our staff for $5. Advance registration required. Sign up >>

Growing Together School Garden Initiative

Do you share our passion for helping young people learn about healthy food and the environment? We have received a tremendous response to our school garden program. We need volunteers who are comfortable working with kids in grades K-6 who are able to make a regular commitment of at least 3 hours once a week. Volunteers will make it possible for our team to get more classes into the garden at several schools. You will be deeply rewarded as you see students inspired and transformed in these dynamic learning spaces. Contact Shannon Hardwicke >>

Save the Date

A Garden in Every School Symposium

Saturday, February 25 & Sunday, February 26 • Luther Burbank High School

More information >>

We Are Getting a New Tractor!

Generous Supporters Help Us Change Lives and Improve Health

Thanks to our generous supporters including County Supervisors Phil Serna, Patrick Kennedy, Roberta MacGlashan and Don Nottoli, we were able to raise $30,000 in less than two weeks to purchase a reliable, new tractor! We are excited and overwhelmed with gratitude. At Soil Born Farms, a tractor is more than just a piece of farm equipment; it is a vehicle to help us change lives. With our land in production soon increasing by 100%, a new tractor will allow us to improve the health of our community by:

• Getting food to those who need it most

• Restoring our historical property
• Training more farmers

Support Soil Born Farms

Invest in the Possibilities

We need YOUR help to grow more food, feed more people, educate more children and families and change our world for the better. Please make a generous donation during our Harvest Fundraising Drive before Dec. 31 and your tax deductible gift will be matched. Thank you!