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Soil Born Farms hosts busy Saturday

Bird walk, farm tour and seed saving workshop offered at American River Ranch

Soil Born Farms' American River Ranch -- Sacramento's oldest working farm -- grows a wide range of crops using regenerative methods.

Soil Born Farms' American River Ranch -- Sacramento's oldest working farm -- grows a wide range of crops using regenerative methods.

Photo courtesy of Soil Born Farms   Soil Born Farms

Celebrate the change of season while learning about local wildlife and gardening know-how.

Soil Born Farms’ American River Ranch – the Sacramento area’s oldest working farm – will host a variety of workshops and tours Saturday, Sept. 24. Register in advance.

At 8 a.m., enjoy a “Bird Walk” with naturalist Cliff Hawley and get to know the feathered friends that flock to the American River Parkway. It’s ideal for beginning and intermediate birdwatchers. Fee is $15 with proceeds supporting the American River Ranch Restoration and Development Fund.

At 9 a.m., learn about “Seed Saving” with Soil Borns’ Kellan MacKay. Class fee is $30.

“We will discuss the importance of seed saving, how to care for the plants to assure a good seed supply and how to create the right environment to save seeds,” say the organizers. “Learn the difference between open pollinated plants and hybrid seeds and get hands-on experience cleaning and storing seeds.”

Also at 9 a.m., take a “Regenerative Agriculture Farm Tour” with Tyler Stowers. “See how our farmers implement regenerative practices that revitalize the land and restore the historic American River Ranch,” say the organizers.

Sign up in advance at www.soilborn.org. Soil Borns’ American River Ranch is located at 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova.

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For week of Sept. 24:

This week our weather will be just right for fall gardening. What are you waiting for?

* 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.

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

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* 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.

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