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Nursery Site Map

Nursery Location: 2140 Chase Drive , Rancho Cordova , 95670 on the American River Parkway at Soil Born Farms' American River Ranch.

When you drive in, follow driveway to the designated Parking Area (please park here unless you are picking up or delivering materials to the Nursery). Walk past the Farm Stand, then past the duplex. The Nursery is just beyond and behind the duplex. (The Nursery is on your left.)

BIKING DIRECTIONS from the American River Parkway bike path. Soil Born Farms is adjacent to the bike path between mile markers 15 and 15.5. Turn off the bike path into Hagan Park, and exit Hagan Park by the parking kiosk. Turn immediately into the driveway on the right and enter Soil Born Farms. Then bike/walk to the Nursery. BUS ROUTE The nearest Bus Line: 21 Coloma Rd & Dolecetto Dr (EB), then walk to 2130 Chase Drive.


Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op - Make Every Day Earth Day Program 

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1900 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95816

Every time you bring in your own bag or choose to not use one, the Co-op donates five cents to non-profit environmental groups. You will receive a token at the register to donate to one of six local organizations. The California Native Plant Society is one of the participating environmental groups.  

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Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery

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        The mission of Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery is to promote awareness of the benefits of native plant habitat, encourage community involvement, and provide a source of organically grown local native plants for restoration projects as well as gardeners.

A few of Sacramento's Drought Tolerant &
Pollinator Attracting Plants LINK 

     Our plants are sold at at the Fall Plant Sale in McKinley Park each September, some Soil Born events and at Wildflower Wonders the 3rd Saturday in April. We also sell plants as time permits during our weekly Wednesday Workdays and our once monthly Sunday Workday.   (Checks are preferred.)  We do not sell seeds, we only collect enough seeds for our propagation operation.

BUTTERFLY WAYSTATION!: Sat & Sun NOV 8 & 9, 9:00-3:00.

Monarch Waystation

(download Monarch Waystation Poster) Elderberry Farms, Soil Born Farms, and Grow Water are partnering to create a water-efficient Monarch Waystation in Soil Born Farms' Outdoor Classroom.

So come get dirty with us on Saturday or Sunday November 8th, 9th! During this workshop we will restore a small, bare hillside in Soil Born Farms' Outdoor Classroom into an all native plant, passive water harvesting, butterfly habitat! We will be constructing a brush wier fence, digging berm n' basins on contour (swales), rain gardens and planting native plants. GrowWater Co Op members will accrue hours for this workshop, but all volunteers are welcome. Donations of $10 or more to GrowWater will be welcomed at the event, but not mandatory.  Grow Water is dedicated to providing household, community & regional solutions; in practice and policy; supporting water-harvesting, greywater, conservation, food production and integrated design in the Sacramento region (and beyond).  Please familiarize yourself with the MAP at Soil Born/Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery. Please email Chris at cnpschris(AT) to sign up for one day or both. (Confirmations will be sent on 11/6.)  (Link to Nectar and Host Plants for Butterflies)

Propagation Work at the Nursery Every Wednesday


10:00 - 1:00  We work year-round.  When it's hot, we work under the shade of Sycamores!  When it rains we work in the Greenhouse! 

     Join us for propagation work on Wednesdays and help pot up seedlings and learn various propagating techniques under the excellent direction of Robin Rietz, Propagation Manager. We treat volunteers to Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches (you're also welcome to bring your own lunch)! RSVP to Chris, via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

     The nursery is operated entirely by volunteers from Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS). Volunteers are always encouraged to become members of CNPS (of course!) but membership is not required to volunteer.

     We are located on the American River Parkway at Soil Born Farms' American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive in Rancho Cordova. Winter workdays are often inside our Greenhouse so that we can work rain or shine! Try us out! - Chris Lewis, Robin Rietz, Betsy Weiland, Jim Wadsworth, Alex Morton, Nursery Leaders.

      We also work in our demonstration gardens on Wednesdays.  These are small sized landscapes that show others how to effectively use native plants in their own landscape. We need the help of community volunteers to maintain them. Please bring gloves and water. Tools and Snacks will be provided.  Also Soil Born Farms’ wildlife-friendly hedgerows in the crop fields are an example of conservation-based agriculture.  These require special attention sometimes.  Let me know if this interests you.

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NOTE: Friday Walks have moved to their own page on this website - under Events & Field Trips.