Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery

Elderberry Farms has been responsibly growing local native plants since 2007.

The mission of Elderberry Farms is to promote awareness of the benefits of native plant habitat, encourage community involvement, and provide a source of local native plants for gardening and restoration projects.

The nursery is located at 2140 Chase Drive in Rancho Cordova (on the American River Parkway at Soil Born Farms) and is operated entirely by volunteers. CNPS membership is not required to volunteer. Please contact Chris Lewis with questions about the nursery and gardens or to sign up as a volunteer.  

The nursery is currently in production mode and plants are not available for purchase. However, if you would like to become acquainted with the plants we grow, you are welcome to drop by on one of our Mini Workdays (details below).

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 Elderberry Farms—A Very Short History 

Plants We Grow

Our Best Management Practices

Key Activities

Mini Workdays

Mini Workdays make a big impact in just a few hours. Our Mini Workdays continue on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. At noon, we all gather to discuss nursery project updates. Volunteers are welcome to bring their own lunch or snacks. If you would like to join us, please stop by! No sign-up is needed. Please note: Soil Born Farms' long-awaited construction on an entrance road and parking lot has begun. For information about where to park and other details about volunteering, scroll down to News & Upcoming Events and click on the Event Detail button for any date you are interested in.

For other volunteering opportunities at Elderberry Farms, please check Elderberry Farms News below.

Demonstration Gardens Maintenance

We maintain our Demonstration Gardens every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon. Our gardens provide examples of effective ways to use native plants in landscapes. Volunteers do not need to sign up ahead of time and should bring gloves and water. Please note: Our Demonstration Gardens maintenance days are currently on hold while we work on a redesign of the gardens.

Pot Reuse

We accept donations of used 1-gallon pots. We sterilize the pots and reuse them in our nursery and Home Growers for Social Justice program.

Nursery and Demonstration Gardens Tours

We offer community members guided tours of our nursery and demonstration gardens. The tours are approximately 1 hour and are limited to two to six people. These tours provide information about the importance of using native plants in landscapes to create habitat for animals, saving water, and increasing pollination. All participants need to sign a waiver. Please bring a hat, sunscreen, and water. Please note: Our nursery and garden tours are currently on hold while we work on a redesign of the gardens.

Nursery Maintenance

Sometimes we need the help of carpenters, electricians, fence builders, irrigation “magicians,” and other handy people. Prospective volunteers can contact us, and we will reach out when projects arise.

News & Upcoming Workdays

Elderberry Farms News

Our Mini Workdays continue on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. At noon, we all gather to discuss nursery project updates. Volunteers are welcome to bring their own lunch or snacks. If you would like to join us, please stop by! No sign-up is needed. Questions?  Email Chris at cnpschris@gmail.com.

Propagation Volunteers

The nursery leadership team is looking for volunteers who are interested in propagating local native plants. If you would like to learn more, please contact

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Location

2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95667

On the American River Parkway at Soil Born Farms

Directions below map

Driving Directions

From the intersection of Folsom Boulevard and Coloma Drive, go north on Coloma Drive. Turn left onto Chase Drive. Turn left into the driveway at 2140 Chase Drive (last driveway on the left before entering Hagan Park).  

Continue down the driveway to the designated parking area (please park here unless you are picking up or delivering materials at the nursery). From the parking area, walk past the farm stand, then past the duplex. The nursery is just beyond the duplex.

Biking Directions from the American River Parkway

Soil Born Farms is adjacent to the American River Parkway 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. Immediately turn right into the Soil Born Farms driveway. Then bike or walk to the nursery.

Bus Directions

The nearest bus line is 21. Get off the bus at Coloma Rd. & Dolecetto Dr. (EB). From the bus stop, walk to 2140 Chase Drive.