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'A Day on the Farm' to be postponed

Families can explore, learn and have fun Sunday at Soil Born Farms' A Day on the Farm" event -- when it is rescheduled. (Photos: Kathy Morrison)

Important update: 'A Day on the Farm' has been postponed because of thunderstorms forecast all day Sunday.

The decision was announced late afternoon Saturday. The projected weather would affect "the safety and enjoyment of our guests," the announcement noted. Soil Born Farms says it will keep the public updated on the rescheduled date.

Rain or shine, Soil Born hosts its annual spring family fest

Get in touch with Sacramento’s agricultural roots or your own inner farmer Sunday at “A Day on the Farm,” Soil Born Farms’ major spring fundraiser.

This family-friendly event features loads of workshops, kids crafts and games, farm tours, plant sales, music and food. Although rain is in the forecast, this party will go on.

“In collaboration with our title sponsor Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, our intention is to create an opportunity for families to visit the American River Ranch for a day of learning, eating, celebrating and exploring the natural world,” said event organizers.

Dating back to the 1800s, American River Ranch is Sacramento’s oldest continuously working farm.

The farm stand will be filled with seasonal fruits and veggies.
Workshops and demonstrations will be offered on gardening, wellness, water conservation, beekeeping, cooking, backyard chickens. herbs and drought-tolerant native plants. The ranch’s farm stand will be packed with local seasonal fruit and vegetables, all grown at Soil Born. The plant sale features organic vegetables, herbs, flowers, succulents and native plants.

“A Day on the Farm” runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 19. Admission is a $5 donation per person; children age 2 and under admitted free.

American River Ranch is located at 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova.



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Dig In: Garden Checklist

For week of March 19:

Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to fight blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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