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Programs

Description
Healthy Eating. Healthy Communities. Building a Sustainable Food Future - The Garden Project will offer:
- Educational opportunities for children and adults to learn what healthy food is, how it grows, and where it comes from through experiential, place-based garden activities
- A vital link in helping develop and communicate lifelong healthy eating habits through a hands-on curriculum that will teach students about food and nutrition through multi-cultural lesson plans integrated with the academic disciplines
- Opportunities to help the Sacramento community learn how it can contribute to its broader, regional food shed and amplify the idea of "eating local"
- Opportunities to create a community garden legacy whose mission is to inform, inspire and educate the benefits of eating healthy for future generations
- Capital Public Radio Endowment is investing in The GardenProject
Budget
$150,000
Program Successes
Develop collaborative partnerships with select local food banks to share food grown in our garden with those in need. Performance metrics for the CapRadio:
- The Garden is in place and we are in our fourth year of planting; spring 2019 is growing.
- The Garden serves as an educational tool for Sacramento schools; we have an on-going relationship with the Sacramento County Office of Education's Special Education Program at Leo Palmiter High School. These students plant and maintain The Garden during the school year. Students from Sac State also volunteer many hours throughout the year.
- In 2018, we donated nearly 2,000 pounds of produce to hungry people in our community.
- The primary beneficiaries of The Garden's produce continue to be River City Food Bank and Leo A. Palmiter Jr/Sr High School.
- We have increased our support of Sac State's student-run pantry that feeds 500 students bi-weekly. These students self-identify as food-insecure and the campus is taking big strides in meeting students basic needs, including access to fresh fruits and vegetables free of charge.
- The Garden serves as an educational tool for Sac State students in the Sustainability Program.
- The Garden has a community advisory committee that provides support for planting, maintenance and care.
- CapRadio Bees have a separate advisory committee led by Bee Keeper (and City Councilman) Jeff Harris, to assist with bee keeping and honey production; more than 170 pounds of honey was harvested in 2018.