Soil Born Farms on Hurley Way gears up for annual fundraiser

SBF’s urban agricultural oasis on Hurley Way transforms into an evening of healthy seasonal and organic food, drink and music, all under the stars on Saturday, Sept. 21. Event goers can wander among the organic Hurley Way gardens of Soil Born Farms, sample seasonal and organic foods prepared by prominent local chefs from Sacramento’s finest restaurants at the 11th Annual Fundraiser Autumn Equinox Celebration.

People can taste a varied and exceptional wine list from prominent regional vintners.  Enjoy live music with Mind X Quartet and Cousin Jimbo & Friends; raffle and silent auction featuring prizes including domestic round trip airfare for two and more!

Not only will the 11th Annual Fundraiser Autumn Equinox Celebration at Soil Born Farms welcome in the harvest season, but it will kick off the region’s Farm-to-Fork Festival Week.

Autumn Equinox Special Highlights
“The Farmer, the Chef & the Butcher” demonstration: Taste what happens when our lambs and hogs, pasture-raised by Farmer Jared Clark at Soil Born Farms American River Ranch, are put into the culinary care of Chef Michael Tuohy! Chef Tuohy will roast our American Guinea Hogs, one of the heritage breeds in Slow Foods’s Ark of Taste, and lambs on spits over an open flame.  Sacramento Natural Food Co-op’s Meat Department Manager Robert Duncan will then be on hand to help serve and discuss the benefits, both in taste and otherwise, of grass-fed, free range meat.  Don’t miss your chance to really know where your meat comes from by talking face to face with the farmer, the chef and the butcher.  Farm to fork doesn’t’ get any more direct!

Special Art Installation in the Orchard: Janine Mapurunga is an artist, activist and founder of Sacramento Farmers and Chefs, a documentary photography project highlighting the people responsible for the bountiful food culture of the Sacramento Valley. Mapurunga will create a very special installation featuring some of the portraits from her collection in the orchard at the farm on Hurley Way.

Sponsored by the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op—a community partner since the beginning of the Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture & Education Project—the Autumn Equinox event highlights their successful relationship to promote and support healthy food education and access for our region’s population.  Attendees will be able to walk through the gardens, enjoy live music, and sample seasonal and organic food prepared by prominent local chefs.

“The Autumn Equinox Celebration is a beautiful example of our local food movement, a gathering of its leaders and an example of why our region declared itself the nation’s Farm-to-Fork Capital,” said Soil Born Farms co-founder Janet Zeller. “The Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture & Education Project is a true partner in this movement, and fundraising from this event will support education and access programs and further our mission to inspire people to make the connection between food, health and the environment.”

Soil Born Farms consists of two urban farms, one in Sacramento and the other at the 55-acre American River Ranch in Rancho Cordova, and has evolved into a nationally recognized center for the promotion of urban agriculture, sustainable food systems and healthy food education. Their programs focus on promoting health, training new farmers and providing experiential learning opportunities for youth and adults, growing healthy food, improving access to healthy food for all and modeling land and environmental stewardship. Beyond growing 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, including Harvest Sacramento, in partnership with the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. For more information visit their website:

Autumn Equinox Celebration Participants:

The food:
The Waterboy, Magpie Café, Yellowbill Bakery, Grange Restaurant & Bar, OneSpeed, Chef Michael Tuohy, Selland Family Restaurants, Hot Italian, Biba, Silva’s Sheldon Inn, Café Bernardo, Esquire Grill, Mulvaney’s B&L, Kru, AME- Mean Eats, The Frosting Queens, Broderick Roadhouse, Bella Bru Baking Company, A Healthy Kitchen, Dad’s Kitchen, The Good Stuff, North Valley Farms Chevre, Pedrozo Dairy & Cheese Co., Cypress Grove Chevre, Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, Sierra Nevada Cheese Co., Mary’s Chicken, Soil Born Farms, DavePops, Nugget Markets, Passmore Ranch, Equal Exchange, Old Soul Co., Lucca Restaurant & Bar, Roxy Restaurant & Bar, Freeport Bakery, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co., Grateful Bread Co.

The drinks:
Hoppy Brewing Co., Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Rubicon Brewing Co., American River Brewing Co., Ruhstaller, Two Rivers Cider, Revolution Wines, Honey Run Winery, Epic Wines, Wine Bridge Imports, Berryessa Gap Vineyards, Dancing Coyote Wine, Boeger Winery, Moniz Family Wines, Capay Valley Vineyards, Co-op Wine Dept., Bogle Vineyards, Peltier Station, Pedroncelli Winery, Amador Vintner’s Association, Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, Sean Minor Wines, Blue Plate Wines

The music: Mind X Quartet • Cousin Jimbo & Friends

If you go:
What: 11th Annual Fundraiser Autumn Equinox Celebration at Soil Born Farms, Sponsored By The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op
Where: 3000 Hurley Way, Sacramento
When: Saturday, Sept. 21 from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Ticket Info (Advance Purchase Only; No Tickets Available at the Door): Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, 1900 Alhambra Blvd., or  Soil Born Farms (916) 363-9685 or online

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