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Soil Born hosts family fun day, farm style

Soil Born Farms' American River Ranch hosts a special family event.
(Photo: Courtesy Soil Born Farms)
Special event includes farm stand, tastings, workshop and more

Take the kids down to the farm and find some spring inspiration.

Soil Born Farms’ American River Ranch, Sacramento’s oldest continuously working farm, hosts “Saturday at the Farm: Signs of Spring,” from 9 a.m. To 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.

There’s free fun for kids of all ages plus a pop-up produce stand, brimming with late-winter harvest.

For a small fee ($10), the “Bread & Butter” family workshop shows how farmers made these staples from scratch, starting with whole grains grown on the ranch and whole milk. Participants will help grind wheat and gather herbs as well as enjoy the final product, fresh baked bread and homemade butter. This workshop is open to children, age 5 and up, as well as adults. (Register in advance online at or call 916-363-9685.)

Several free talks and demonstrations will be presented including how to prepare seasonal vegetables (with free tastings from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and fruit tree care (at 12:30 p.m.). A peasant’s lunch ($8) will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Take guided tours to see native plants and wildlife as well as the working farm.

Soil Born’s American River Ranch is located at 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova. For more details and directions: .

- Debbie Arrington


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For week of Dec. 3:

Make the most of gaps between raindrops. This is a busy month!

* Windy conditions brought down a lot of leaves. Make sure to rake them away from storm drains.

* Use those leaves as mulch around frost-tender shrubs and new transplants.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they're dormant.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Plant one last round of spring bulbs including daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, anemones and scillas. Get those tulips out of the refrigerator and into the ground.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers such as California poppies.

* Plant such spring bloomers as sweet pea, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Late fall is the best time to plant most trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time for root development before spring growth. They also benefit from fall and winter rains.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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