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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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* Now is the time to plant for fall. The warm soil will get these veggies off to a fast start.

* Keep harvesting tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and eggplant. Tomatoes may ripen faster off the vine and sitting on the kitchen counter.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Fertilize deciduous fruit trees.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower as well as lettuce seedlings.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials. That includes bearded iris; if they haven’t bloomed in three years, it’s time to dig them up and divide their rhizomes.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with “eyes” about an inch below the soil surface.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

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