Building an Experiential Learning Environment —
2012 and Beyond
Over the past 12 years, Soil Born Farms has evolved into a nationally recognized center for the advancement of urban agriculture, sustainable food systems and healthy food education. This year, Soil Born Farms is teaming up with Leadership Sacramento Class of 2012 (LS12) to take that learning experience to the next level. LS12 will provide planning, designing and fundraising support for the construction of a beautiful outdoor classroom at Soil Born Farms on their historic, 40-acre American River Ranch site.
The completion of this outdoor classroom will enhance Soil Born Farms’ existing urban agriculture and education project, empowering youth and adults to discover and participate in a local food system that encourages healthy living, nurtures the environment and grows a sustainable community.
In addition, LS12 is committed to raising awareness and funding to help in the further development of Soil Born Farms’ educational programs to provide effective, long term support.
Leadership Sacramento was founded in 1985 as a program of the Sacramento Metro Chamber, which develops community-minded business and civic leadership. It is a year-long interactive program offering 35 participants a behind-the-scenes understanding of the issues impacting the region’s economic prosperity and quality of life. The program culminates in the completion of a class project.
Soil Born Farms has evolved into a nationally recognized center for the promotion of urban agriculture, sustainable food systems and healthy food education. Their farm is located on the 40-acre American River Ranch, a permanently protected and publicly-owned open space resource that Soil Born has been tasked with developing and managing as a regional amenity and model for sustainable agriculture. Beyond producing healthy, certified organic produce for their 90 Community Supported Agriculture members and local stores, restaurants, and farm stands, Soil Born Farms has also developed several innovative education and food access programs in partnership with area schools and agencies.