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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.

Details:
https://soilborn.org/

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It's still not warm enough to transplant tomatoes directly in the ground, but we’re getting there.

* April is the last chance to plant citrus trees such as dwarf orange, lemon and kumquat. These trees also look good in landscaping and provide fresh fruit in winter.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden needs nutrients. Fertilize shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

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* Plant onion sets.

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* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom.

* Mid to late April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

* Transplant lettuce seedlings. Choose varieties that mature quickly such as loose leaf.

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