The Mission of Soil Born Farms is to create an urban agriculture and education project that empowers youth and adults to discover and participate in a local food system that encourages healthy living, nurtures the environment and grows a sustainable community. This growing non-profit has multiple goals: to provide local organic food production, community education, food access for all, internship for aspiring farmers, and bring people together to reconnect with the land. Join us at the American River Ranch, a 55–acre historic Ranch located within the American River Parkway to better understand the objectives and learn about the sustainable development program for this, the permanent home of Soil Born Farms.
Shawn Harrison – Founder & Co-Director, Soil Born Farms
Shawn has been directly involved in the development of sustainable food systems and healthier communities since 1993 and holds an M.S. degree in international agricultural development from UC Davis. Shawn is also the recent recipient of Valley Vision’s Regional Environmental Legacy Award and graduate of the Community Leadership Program administered by the University of Southern California and Sierra Health Foundation. Shawn was born and raised in Sacramento and continues to reside here with his wife and two daughters.
Janet Whalen Zeller – Founder & Co-Director, Soil Born Farms
Janet has been an activist and educator promoting local family farms, sustainable agriculture, organic food, healthy living and socially conscious business practices for over 30 years. Janet was the director of operations for the Good Earth, opening and managing restaurants in Northern California and Oregon. She was the marketing manager for the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op for 22 years. Janet earned a degree in Communications Studies at CSUS with a focus on interpersonal and intercultural communication. She is a trained mediator and facilitator. Janet is committed to connecting the people who grow food with the people who eat it and creating a local food system where everyone has access to fresh, healthy, organically grown food.
Guy Galante – Education Director, Soil Born Farms
Guy is an educator, environmentalist, photographer and many other things. He applies his many skills to sharing with youth where their food comes from, guiding them in planting and harvesting it, and providing a positive impact on the communities that Soil Born Farms serves. A graduate of CSU, Sacramento, he earned a bachelor's degree in Geography. After studying abroad while working towards a master's degree in Environmental Studies, Guy earned a CLAD certified multiple subject teaching credential from National University and taught elementary school before serving as Soil Born's Education Director for the past 6 years.
Randy Stannard – Food Access Coordinator, Soil Born Farms
Randy holds a B.S. in soil science from Cal Poly SLO and has over ten years of experience working on organic farms, developing community-based projects and teaching about organic gardening. Randy started with Soil Born Farms as an apprentice in 2005 and now focuses his energy on developing Harvest Sacramento, our fruit-gleaning project. One of his favorite aspects of working at Soil Born Farms is the opportunity to work with community partners, volunteers and other staff toward improving our local food system and sharing the experience of growing and eating healthy food.
A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated for a community service project to Soil Born Farms
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