Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture & Education Project has become Sacramento’s newest and fastest growing way of urban farming locally. This program has been designed to focus on promoting good health and providing experiential learning opportunities for the residents of Sacramento to produce healthy food, improve access to healthy food for all, and to model land and environmental care and protection. Not only does this program provide healthy, certified organic produce for over 80 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members and local stores, restaurants, and farm stands, Soil Born Farms has also created several educational and food access programs in partnerships with local schools and agencies.
Consisting of two farms, this program produces a variety of fruits and crops such as oranges, ground cherries, hot peppers, Striped American cucumbers and salad greens all to be sold locally. The farm on Hurley Way is the location that started this project. It is a 1.5-acre certified organic market garden settled in an urban neighborhood in the Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento.
The American River Ranch is one of the last working farms on the lower American River and the main facility for Soil Born Farms. It is a 55-acre ranch which brings in visitors to self-explore the landscaped grounds, variety of crops, a barn, farm stand, outdoor classroom and amphitheater, certified kitchen and native plant nursery, all to help educate the importance of healthy farming.
Not only does Soil Born Farms grow and sell healthy produce, but they have created and are involved in several environmental education programs. One project that is a collaborative effort of area residents, non-profits, community groups and businesses is Harvest Sacramento. This project uses and harvests surplus fruit and vegetables from backyards and small orchards to donate to local food assistance agencies. This program is having an effective outreach and substantial contributions of fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the entire year have been collected by volunteers. This program is not only helping support local food agencies, but teaching residents how to grow, cook and preserve their own food.
To learn more about the different programs Soil Born Farms Urban Agricultural & Education Project offer or how to be involved in the movement to promote healthy living check out the Soil Born Farms homepage at http://www.soilborn.org/ or call the main office at (916) 363-9685.