I have wanted to visit Soil Born Farms for years. I first heard of the farm when I moved to Sac only I didn’t realized how open the farm is for visitors or just how much they do for our community. Until now. Soil Born Farms is pretty much a must see for anyone interested in agriculture in our area. It provides a realistic and approachable location where parents can teach their children and themselves more about the process of growing food and raising animals.
We came to the farm today as part of a Fun on the Farm Day produced by the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op and Soil Born Farms. The event was professionally run and organized by a group of amazing staff and volunteers. The children were led through stations around the farm where they learned about how farms work, aspects of plant growing and all about the animals around the farm. Children got to pick carrots right out of the garden, then make a wrap that included colorful beet hummus and other examples of how to make lunches innovative and fun. Kids got to make seed bombs filled with flower seeds to throw wherever they like and learn about the growing cycle by making beaded bracelets they could keep. It was a day filled with new experiences and both my older tot and I learned so much our drive home was filled with lively conversation and snacking. The event is repeated in summer and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to experience this place.
Soil Born Farms has events throughout the year, has a farm stand open to the public and is available for self-guided tours six days a week-Monday through Saturday. Visitors have a large parking lot and signage throughout the farm to direct them around the property. There is so much to discover at the farm that a self-guided trip through all the property has to offer could take a whole afternoon if you wanted it to. There are lunch tables at the entry area under large shade trees so children can have a snack before heading out. There are restroom facilities on property.
Soil Born Farms started out fifteen years ago as a for profit farm and has evolved into the nationally recognized center for the promotion of urban agriculture, sustainable food systems and healthy food education that it is today. It is now a recognized non-profit and operates two urban farms with 55 acres of farmland.
From Soil Born Farms-
Our programs focus on promoting health and providing experiential learning opportunities for youth and adults, producing healthy food, improving access to healthy food for all and modeling land and environmental stewardship. Beyond producing healthy, certified organic produce for our 80 CSA members and local stores, restaurants, and farm stands, Soil Born Farms has also developed several innovative education and food access programs in partnership with area schools and agencies.
The American River Ranch, a 55-acre historic ranch located within the American River Parkway, is now the permanent home of Soil Born Farms. It provides a wonderfully diverse landscape to engage both youth and adults in hands-on activities that educate and connect them with the natural world, healthy food, healthy eating, job and life skills, hard work, and service opportunities. The American River Ranch also provides the opportunity to expand the production of vegetables and fruit to meet the needs of more Sacramento residents, particularly those in underserved neighborhoods with little or no access to fresh, nutritious food.
Soil Born Farms is about so much: growing food, mentoring youth and future farmers, teaching people how to cook and garden, creating urban farms and preserving wild spaces, developing partnerships and improving access to fresh produce throughout our community, and at the core, it is about making a difference. It means transforming a shared vision of healthy food for all into a local reality.
Soil Born Farms is located by appointment at 3000 Hurley Way, Sacramento, CA and can be reached by phone at 916-363-9685 or online at www.soilborn.org
Tours can be set up by appointment for school or community groups and organizations.
The community farm stand is open from mid-May through November, Saturdays from 8:00 am-1:00 pm and farm fruits and vegetables also available at the Midtown Farmer’s Market.