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For more than thirty years, Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op has continued its tradition of consumer advocacy, education, community outreach and support in the greater Sacramento area. Through programs, projects and activities developed by dedicated staff and Co-op owners, the Co-op serves the greater Sacramento community by providing services to consumers in our store (such as food tasting fairs, product demos and consumer literature), offering classes, seminars and special events at our Co-op Community Learning Center, participating in community events, and making donations to local non-profit organizations.

Community Outreach Programs and Projects

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Vendor Information for Community Events and Co-op Owner Events

Fun on Our Local Farms this Summer

Front Street Animal Shelter – Paws to Party

August 22, 2014

paws to party

The Co-op featured our Deli's favorite salads at the annual fundraiser dinner, Paws to Party, held at the California Automobile Museum in downtown Sacramento. All proceeds benefit the Front Street Animal Shelter which saves thousands of lost, stray and abandoned animals in our community each year.

Crocker Art Mix Ink

August 14, 2014

Crocker Art Mix Ink

Ink-inspired tasting at the Co-op booth with chef, Amanda Fremouw. Caprese bites with balsamic ink and basil oil complimented the evening theme at the Crocker Art Museum's Thursday Night Mixer.

Oak Park Farmers Market Demo

August 9, 2014

Farmer's Market

As part of our community partnership with Oak Park Farmers Market, the Co-op led a couple of food demonstrations during the summer markets. Co-op chef, Eileen Murray, demonstrated how to prepare Freekeh Tabouli salad featuring local organically grown produce.

Community Resource Project, WIC

August 8, 2014


The Co-op co-sponsored the Community Resource Project, WIC breastfeeding event and provided a vendor booth serving samples of a summer salad and highlighting the Co-op's Community Discount Program, which offers families with limited incomes a 10% discount on all of their purchases. Participants of WIC and other assistance programs qualify for this discount. For more information, visit the Co-op Customer Service Desk.

Healthy Eating Presentation for California Dept. of Food & Agriculture

August 1, 2014

tack & field

Co-op Wellness Program Coordinator, Sarah Langford, gave a presentation about healthy eating to the employees of the California Dept. of Food & Agriculture. Topics included nutrition, meal planning, eating healthy on a budget and exploring all that the Co-op has to offer.

McClaskey Adult Center Demo

July 24, 2014

McClaskey Adult Center Demo

Co-op chef, Amanda Fremouw, demonstrated knife skills and how to prepare a summer salad to the students and staff at the East Sacramento McClaskey Adult Center which offers education programs to adults with disabilities.

Oak Park Farmers Market Demo

July 19, 2014

Track & Field Championships Marketplace

As part of our community partnership with Oak Park Farmers Market, the Co-op led a couple of food demonstrations during the summer markets. Co-op chef, Eileen Murray, demonstrated how to prepare a summer rice salad featuring local organically grown produce.

Track & Field Championships Marketplace

June 28, 2014

tack & field

The Co-op hosted a vendor booth selling local, organic produce and healthy snacks at the Farm-to-Fork marketplace held during the Track & Field Championships at Sac State. This marks the sixth time since 1968 that Sacramento has played the host to the U.S. Championships.

Co-op Day

June 25, 2014

co-op day

Co-op Day is an annual event at the State Capitol to educate legislators about the importance of cooperatives to California's economy ​ and show how co-ops build healthy communities.

Sacramento Sustainability Forum

June 18, 2014

Sacramento Sustainability Forum

​The Co-op provided healthy snacks at the Sacramento Sustainability Forum, which was held in the Clunie Community Center at McKinley Park. The forum is a monthly platform for the community to explore our region's sustainable development activity, while collaborating on ways to create a more sustainable society. The topic of the June forum was exploring our city's Shared Vision as the Emerald Valley.

Day on the Farm at Soil Born Farms

May 18, 2014

co-op day

The Co-op was the title sponsor of this popular family event at the American River Ranch. The Co-op area offered cooking classes, vendor tables with samples, Straus soft serve ice cream and Watershed water. Organic lunch, and snacks served at the Co-op's Farm Stand Cafe raised over $5,000 for the Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture & Education Project.

Capitol Bike Fest

May 8, 2014

Capitol Bike Fest

Capitol Bike Fest, an annual event that promotes bicycling and other clean air transportation, is the largest celebration of May is Bike Month! The Co-op gave away high energy snacks, while sharing how fun and easy it is to shop by bike.

Food-Cycle Compost Celebration

May 8, 2014

Food-Cycle Compost Celebration

​GRAS (Green Restaurants Alliance Sacramento) hosted their 5th annual Compost Celebration at the Hot Italian courtyard ​to honor the Local Food-Cycle and International Compost Awareness Week!

This is an educational festival promoting a sustainable Farm to Fork Capitol, reducing the food waste going into our landfill, and the fruits of our soil. The Co-op served delectable organic strawberries from Terra Firma Farm while composting the strawberry green tops in the Co-op's ceramic compost pail.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

April 25, 2014

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

​The Co-op was one of the caterers for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival reception held at the Crest Theater. Spanakopita and roasted red pepper and goat cheese bruschetta prepared by the Co-op Deli and organic strawberries from Terra Firma Farm were highlights of the evening. ​

Sac City College Earth Day Celebration

April 22, 2014

Sac City College Earth Day

Sac City College students and staff enjoyed our interactive displays and giveaways of Lundberg rice chips and Nature's Path bars at the Earth Day Celebration in the main campus quad.

Sac State Earth Day Fair

April 17, 2014

Sac State Earth Day

The Co-op chatted with hundreds of college students and staff at the bustling Sac State Earth Day festivities. One of the highlights of our booth was the "great grains" matching game with an emphasis on gluten free grains. Nature's Path whole grain bars and Mary's Gone Crackers were given away as prizes and samples for visiting our table. ​

Kaiser Permanente Earth Day Festival

April 16, 2014

Kaiser Permanente Earth Day

​​The Co-op reached out to the patients and staff of the Kaiser Permanente Earth Day Festival and Farmers Market at the Point West Medical Clinic in the Arden area. ​

Midtown Farmers Market Chef Demo

April 12, 2014

Midtown Farmers Market Chef Demo

Co-op chef, Janet McDonald from The Good Stuff, demonstrated how to prepare a springtime strawberry spinach salad with feta and walnuts at the Midtown Farmers Market on 20th and J Streets. One of the signature ingredients in the salad was The Good Stuff strawberry balsamic jam available at the Co-op.


California Dept. of Insurance & State Controllers Office Wellness Fair

March 20, 2014

Ca. Dept. of Insurance

The wellness fair for over 500 government state workers was a great success as hundreds of employees visited the Co-op's outreach table to taste our Deli's signature dish, Golden Beet & Kale salad.


Store Tour for Caleb Greenwood Preschool “Eat the Rainbow”

January 29, 2014

Caleb Greenwood Preschool

Caleb Greenwood Preschoolers and their parents visited the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op and Community Learning Center & Cooking School to discover how to "eat the rainbow." The store tour featured a scavenger hunt in the Produce Dept. and hands on activities in the Bulk Dept. A variety of fun activity stations in the Community Learning Center, such as making whole wheat mini pizzas, playing the veggie bean bag toss game and listening to story time, emphasized how easy and delicious it is to "eat the rainbow."

Store Tour for Japanese Consumers' Cooperative Union

January 22, 2014

Japanese Consumers' Cooperative Union

The Co-op was honored to have members of the Japanese Consumers' Cooperative Union visit our store during their trip to California. The main operation of JCCU is to supply foods and other daily necessities through store operation and home delivery service to its members. Their vision is "dedication to working with the people to realize a new society where smiles and trust abounds."

America Recycles Day — California Environmental Protection Agency

November 20, 2013

California Legislative Counsel

Showcasing the fall bounty of heirloom apples and highlighting our Thanksgiving holiday specials were the overall themes of the Co-op's outreach table at this annual event for the employees in the Cal/EPA building in downtown Sacramento.

California Legislative Counsel

October 18, 2013

California Legislative Counsel

The employees at the downtown Office of Legislative Counsel learned how to prepare a massaged kale and currant salad during their wellness workshop. Topics included cooking skills, nutrition and using seasonal, local and organic ingredients.

Envisioning California Conference:
Food for Thought - Current Trends & Policies
in the Golden State

October 11, 2013

Envisioning California Conference

During the reception, A Cornucopia of Food and Fun, the Co-op highlighted the bounty of Fuji apples from Smit Ranch and Organic Valley sharp cheddar cheese. About two-hundred people participated in the event held at the Sacramento Public Library, Tsakopoulos Galleria.

Cal Vet Health Fair 

October 9, 2013

Cal Vet Health Fair 

Several varieties of local, organic pears and apples were sampled during the employee health fair at the California Dept. of Veterans Affairs. The crisp, juicy autumn produce was a compliment to the theme of "healthy eating with the seasons."

CDS Consulting Co-op Board Leadership Development Workshop

September 28, 2013

CDS Consulting

Our Deli Dept. provided catering for breakfast, lunch and snacks for the co-op board member training workshop at the Sutter Square Galleria. New co-op board members from co-ops throughout the U.S. participated in the training to develop board leadership skills.Two of our Co-op's new board members attended, Alissa Anderson and Felicity Lyons.

Historic Home Tour & Street Fair

September 15, 2013

historic home tour

The Co-op Board of Directors staffed an outreach booth at the Historic Home Tour & Street Fair to discuss the store relocation project. The Sacramento Old City Association hosts this annual tour of restored historic homes. The Street Fair was held in the Clarion Mansion Inn parking lot which provided a central point of activity for the tour. About one hundred guests visited the Co-op table to ask detailed questions about our exciting new store project.

Sac State Outreach Demo

September 5, 2013
Sac State Well

The WELL Center at Sac State hosted the WELLcome Back event during the first week of college for the fall semester. Students participated in a variety of fun, engaging activities related to health, nutrition and fitness. The Co-op demonstrated how to prepare "massaged kale and currant salad." This was the first time the students had ever eaten kale. They enjoyed the salad as most of them had second helpings!

Little Buckaroos Day Crocker Art Museum

September 2, 2013

Soil Born Farms Adopt-a-School Program Co-op adopts Oak Ridge Elementary School

Little Buckaroos Day is the Crocker's annual celebration of Sacramento's Gold Rush Days. Thousands of people participated in the festivities. The Co-op provided a veggie bean bag toss activity and served delicious healthy family snacks. Annie's cheddar bunnies, bunny grahams, fruit snacks and Clif Kidz bars were enjoyed by both kids and adults. Everyone had a yee-haw time!

Paws to Party Fundraiser for Front Street Animal Shelter

August 23, 2013

Soil Born Farms Adopt-a-School Program Co-op adopts Oak Ridge Elementary School

Co-op owner workers Dan and Rhonda Rumrey served one of our Deli Department's signature salads, Spicy Udon Noodles, to hundreds of animal lovers at this popular community event held in the California Automobile Museum.

Community Resource Project, WIC Breastfeeding Celebration

August 9, 2013

Soil Born Farms Adopt-a-School Program Co-op adopts Oak Ridge Elementary School

Summer Rice salad, a delicious family recipe that's economical and easy to prepare, was the highlight of the Co-op's outreach booth. Moms and kids enjoyed eating the samples and discovering what the Co-op has to offer. Many families signed up for the Co-op Community Discount Program, which offers people with limited incomes a 10% discount on all of their purchases. Participants of WIC and other assistance programs qualify for this discount. To learn more, visit the Co-op Customer Service Desk.

PG&E Health & Safety Fair

July 24, 2013 - West Sacramento  

pge health saftey

The employees at the PG&E Payment Center enjoyed the Co-op's array of organic melons (galia, orange honeydew and yellow watermelon) to help cool off in the sweltering heat.

CalPERS Health Fair

July 11, 2013 - 400 Q Street 

Soil Born Farms Adopt-a-School Program Co-op adopts Oak Ridge Elementary School

Quinoa, cranberry and cashew nut salad was the highlight of the Co-op's outreach booth at the CalPERS Health Fair. This vegan and gluten-free salad, which is available in the Co-op Deli, is such a popular dish to serve at events. Hundreds of employees visited our booth inquiring about the Co-op's products and education programs.

Outreach Demos at YMCA Summer Camp

July 1, 2013 

Soil Born Farms Adopt-a-School Program Co-op adopts Oak Ridge Elementary School

The young children at the YMCA summer camp enjoyed the Co-op's cooking demonstration of "crunchy carrot" salad. Hands-on activities included measuring and mixing ingredients and grating carrots. The kids learned a few basic cooking skills as well as food safety and nutrition with a focus on local, organic produce.

Sacramento Children's Museum 

June 1, 2013  — Outreach Cooking Demonstration 

Soil Born Farms Adopt-a-School Program Co-op adopts Oak Ridge Elementary School

The Co-op outreach team demonstrated how to prepare "crunchy carrot" salad for the young families at the Sacramento Children's Museum for Happy Heart, Healthy Eating Day.

Capitol Bike Fest  

May 9, 2013  —State Capitol, West Side Steps 

capital bike fest

The outreach team gave away Co+op bike buttons, shop by bike brochures, coupons and other Co-op info at the Capitol Bike Fest. This is an annual event which attracts 500+ bike enthusiasts as well as state workers and schools going on field trips to the State Capitol. 

Sac State Children's Center 

May 3, 2013  

Sac State Children's center

The Co-op outreach team prepared organic "Superhero" and "Fruity Tooty" smoothies for the young families at Sac State Children's Center open house celebration. 

Sacramento Earth Day

April 21, 2013 —Southside Park

Sac Veg Fest

The Co-op was one of the co-sponsors for the Sacramento Earth Day hosted by the Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS). Thousands of people participate in this annual Earth Day celebration. 

The Co-op's outreach booth focused on the sustainable and money saving benefits of the Bulk Dept., featuring a fun, interactive matching game of bulk herbs and spices. Kids also enjoyed the veggie bean bag toss game and went home with great prizes from Organic Valley (frisbees, stickers, temporary tattoos and tote bags). 

Sac City Earth Day

April 18, 2013 —915 I Street

Sac Veg Fest

The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op had an outreach booth at New City Hall for the City of Sacramento's annual Earth Day Celebration. Our purpose was to educate and inspire the community to make healthy life style choices for their families and our planet.

Sac Veg Fest

January 26, 2013 — Fusion International Arts Center

Sac Veg Fest

Sacramento Veg Fest is hosted by the Del Paso Boulevard Partnership highlighting foods, information, recipes, vendors, speakers and demonstrations of the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle. The Co-op provided a vendor booth serving vegetarian deli salads and raw snack foods, such as seaweed snacks and kale chips. Thousands of people attended this large scale community event.

Soil Born Farms—2013 Autumn Equinox Celebration

September 22, 2012

Autumn Equinox

Five Hundred guests enjoyed a spectacular evening at the Soil Born Farms 10th Annual Fundraiser. Highlights included samples of seasonal organic food prepared by local prominent chefs; fine wine, beer and cider; live music, beautiful scenery and an exciting raffle. The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op was a title sponsor and hosted a Co-op tasting area with organic apples, local wines, artisan cheese, deli salads and organic chicken tacos. All of the proceeds go toward the Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture & Education Project.

Soil Born Farms—A Day on the Farm

May 20, 2012

A day on the farm

Thank you for your generous support of A Day on the Farm! We welcomed over 2,200 people to the American River Ranch to learn, eat, play and celebrate. It was a great day. The event is a labor of love with many wonderful people and organizations collaborating to make it happen. It was exciting to see people of all ages enjoying the farm.

Proceeds from this event will be used to develop our outdoor kitchen. The kitchen will support our efforts to teach basic cooking skills and inspire youth and adults to prepare simple, nutritious and delicious meals at home using farm fresh produce.

We hope you will stay involved with Soil Born Farms. We rely on your generous donations of time and money to help us grow organic food, feed families, educate youth and adults, inspire healthy living and create a regional center for food, health and the environment. Together we can make a difference and improve the quality of life in our community. Stop by this summer, our farm stand is open every +Saturday from 8am -1pm !

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A Day on the Farm
Sunday, May 19, 2013
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Co-op helps introduce kids to farm fresh foods

Soil Born Farms Adopt-a-School Program Co-op adopts
Oak Ridge Elementary School

farm fresh foods

The Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture & Education Project provides an experiential, hands-on Youth Education Program that includes discovery field trips for schools from pre-school to grade 12. Kids meet the farmers, the farm animals and explore the natural wonders of the farm. Trips are led by credentialed and certified educators who help guide students toward a deeper understanding of the local food system. 

The Adopt-a-School Program gives individuals, businesses and organizations opportunities to sponsor field trips for students attending low-income schools in our community. The Co-op is a proud sponsor of this program and adopted Oak Ridge Elementary School in Oak Park. A multi-grade group of students are participating in four field trips to Soil Born Farms this spring.

 To learn more about Soil Born Farms and to get involved with this program, visit

Kids at Capitol Heights Academy eat fresh!

Capital Heights

Capitol Heights Academy is a public charter elementary school in Oak Park. When the school received a Fresh Fruits and Vegetables grant from the USDA, Principal Nate Monley contacted the Co-op about distributing fresh produce to the school’s 300 students, as funded by the grant. The Co-op connected the school with Veritable Vegetable, an organic produce distributor in San Francisco, to purchase California grown organic produce for student snacks.

The students enjoy a fresh seasonal snack three times a week throughout the school year. And once each week, the Co-op’s Education Department visits the school with an educational component to go along with it. The lessons and activities connect students to where the fruits and vegetables come from and why they are so good for their bodies. It has been a great opportunity for the Co-op to reach out to a school in the neighborhood and help children discover the wonderful diversity of our local produce.