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Fall Gardening Clinic & Organic Plant Sale

Saturday, September 3 • 8am to 3pm

Roots & Wings logoPlant Sale: Fill your fall and winter garden with seasonal vegetables, flowers, medicinal and culinary herbs, drought tolerant ornamental and edible perennials.

11:30am to 1:30pm Green Plate Special: Join the crew for a healthy vegetarian lunch prepared by our culinary arts team. $7 donation. Reserve your plate at the Welcome Tent, first-come, first-served.

FREE Gardening Clinic: Learn from Soil Born Farms’ knowledgeable staff and community educators about fall and winter garden planning. Discover the role of cover crops in building healthy soil, learn the basics of landscape design, create a plan for a fall and winter orchard and take home garden seeds and other valuable resources. Registration for classes will occur at the event on a first-come, first-served basis. Spaces will be limited for each class, so arrive early and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, a scone and the beauty of the historic American River Ranch while you wait for your class to start. View the event flyer for schedule of activities >>  More info, call (916) 363-9685 or email Michele >>

14th Annual Fundraiser
Autumn Equinox Celebration

Saturday, Sept. 17 • 4:30 to 8:30pm • American River Ranch • $75

Get your tickets today for an evening at the historic American River Ranch located on the American River Parkway in Rancho Cordova. Stroll around the farm and gardens and enjoy live music by Mind X Quartet and Jimbo, Johnnie and Junior. Sample seasonal and organic food prepared by prominent local chefs and taste exceptional wine and beer selections. Don’t miss this traditional farm-to-fork event. Celebrate the harvest season under the stars.

Purchase Tickets >>

No tickets will be available at the door. Proceeds benefit Soil Born Farms 501(c)(3).

Check out the great lineup for this year! >>


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Wells Fargo • Dave & Maxine Clark Family • Fred & Betsy Weiland • Western Health Advantage • Vaneli’s Handcrafted Coffee • Citi • Genovese Burford & Brothers • Raney Planning & Management Inc. • Hanson McClain Advisors • Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP • DesCor Builders • Heise and Alpha • The Niello Company • River City Bank • Sacramento County Dept. of County Parks • A Healthy Kitchen • Inside Publications • Bank of America • City of Rancho Cordova

Donate a raffle prize: Contact Melanie >>

Rent the Schoolhouse

A Rustic Option for Meetings and Corporate Retreats

Looking for a unique location to host a business meeting, training or planning retreat? The American River Ranch offers a beautiful, rustic alternative to conference rooms or hotels. Our Schoolhouse is available on weekdays. Customized rentals can include: farm tours, outdoor spaces, catering, cooking demos, hands-on activities and classes. Sorry no private parties or weddings at this time. For more information about fees and availability, contact Adriana >> Fees benefit community education programs.

Empowerment for Young Women

After School Program Begins September 14

Roots & Wings logoThis after school program offers an opportunity for young women ages 14 through 18 to engage with the outdoor world and deepen their connection to themselves, their health, their environment and each other. Activities include: gardening • cooking and eating together • health and nutrition • medicinal, edible and traditional uses of plants • wild harvesting for food and medicine • wild crafted art • exploring the American River Parkway• learning about Native People of California.

Held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, September 14, 2016 to June 14, 2017 from 3:30 to 5:30pm. Register >>  Scholarships are available, contact Alyssa >>

Herbal Studies at Soil Born Farms

Family Herbalist Course Early Bird Price Ends September 8

Learn the basics of Western Herbology while integrating it with the systems of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese medicine. This six-month beginners course will include medicine-making, plant ID, how to treat acute ailments, use of tonic herbs and food for strengthening vitality, as well as how to harvest local herbs for medicine. You will learn about your own constitutional needs and ways to balance yourself for better health and well-being. This program will include herb walks around the farm and the American River. There will be lots of tasting, smelling and hands-on experience with Rev. Candis Cantin, Integrative Herbalist, Counselor & Teacher. Saturdays: October 8, November 12, December 10, January 14, February 11, March 11. All classes will be held at the American River Ranch. Early Bird Registration: $475. After 9/8, Regular Price: $525. Register today >>

Summer Classes at the American River Ranch

Let Us Inspire You! Pre-Registration Required

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

Featured Classes:

Bird Walk with Cliff Hawley

Saturday, August 27 • 8 to 10am

Registration >>

Cooking Out of the CSA Box

Wednesday, August 31 • 6 to 7pm

Registration >>

Growing Medicinal & Culinary Herbs

Wednesday, September 7 • 5:30 to 8:30pm

Registration >>

Flower Arranging for the Home Gardener

Saturday, September 10 • 9:30am to 12:30pm

Registration >>

Get Involved! Volunteer Opportunities

There are Many Ways to Engage with Soil Born Farms

Enjoy Summer at Your Community Farm and Volunteer!

Sign up to receive a monthly update with volunteer opportunities >>
Select the volunteer opportunities option or contact Rebecca Le, 916 363.9685 x1006.

Help Us Build An Herb Garden

Saturday, September 10 • 9:30am to 12:30pm

We are working on five new herb garden spaces (including one labyrinth) and we need some help! Come on out and get your hands dirty with us and learn how to start an herb garden. Sign up >>

Help Us Prepare for our Autumn Equinox Celebration

Wednesdays, August 31, September 7 and 14 • 9:30am to 12:30pm

Our largest fundraising event has moved to the American River Ranch and we need some help getting it ready! Come out and help us with the transformation. Sign up >>

Autumn Equinox Celebration: Volunteer at the Event

Saturday, September 17 • 12 to 10pm

Various volunteer shifts will be available. If you are interested, contact Andrea >>

Eat Your Veggies: Garden to Pantry

Preservation Tip: Roasted Peppers

Try this remarkably easy way to preserve the delicious sweet taste of fresh roasted red peppers. These peppers are a wonderful addition to sauces, soups and stews and can also be added to sandwiches, pizza, antipasto platters and salads.

8 red bell peppers
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup sherry vinegar
Kosher salt
2 sterilized pint jars

1. Roast your peppers, turning from time to time so that all skins char and blacken. When the skins are mostly blackened, place peppers in a paper bag and roll the bag to seal in the steam and let them sit for 20 to 40 minutes.

2. Once the peppers are cool enough to handle, take them out of the bag one at a time and remove the skins, stem and seeds. Do not run under water. Once each pepper is cleaned, place it in a bowl. Prepare all the peppers before proceeding.

3. Pour some vinegar in a shallow bowl or small casserole dish. Dredge each pepper in the vinegar a few times to get nice and coated. Place these peppers in another bowl. Repeat until all the peppers are done.

4. Sprinkle the bowl of peppers with salt. Gently mix the peppers together with your hands. Sprinkle with a little more salt and repeat. Sprinkle a little salt with the pepper juice (the original bowl).

5. Pour in enough vinegar to cover the bottom of each pint jar. Pack in the peppers, leaving 1 to 2 inches of space at the top. Use a butter knife or a chopstick to run down the inside of the jar releasing any air bubbles. If you notice the level of liquid dropped below the peppers, add some of the salted pepper juice until right at the top of the level of peppers, but leave some room at the top of the jar.

6. Pour in olive oil on top of everything to a depth of 1/4-inch. Screw on the lids. Peppers will last up to a year in the refrigerator, although they will soften over time.

Recipe source >>

It’s in Season Recipe: Preserved Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

View recipe >>

Sign Up for Our CSA Program

Soil Born Farms Certified Organic Produce

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 a local community farm and education center. We still have a few Spring/Summer shares available. We are offering a proration for the remaining number of weeks. Early bird registration for our Fall/Winter season will be available starting on Mon. September 12. More info >>

We count on your generous support to continue our work and service to the community. Please consider donating today. Thank you!