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Construction Update

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Construction Update
November 2021

Construction Site

Six years ago, we signed up to lead a project that will transform a vacant lot near public housing and one of the elementary schools we serve. The vision: improve the health of children by transforming the school district to prioritize food literacy education in our children’s school day alongside math and reading. Years of collaboration between Food Literacy Center, SCUSD, and the City of Sacramento has resulted in construction of a 4,500 sq ft cooking school and student gardens that bring this vision to life! 

Watch our founder, and the visionary behind this concept, Amber Stott, as she shares a quick update on the construction progress at Leataata Floyd Elementary School. We are on track to open this fall. The classroom will host 30-40 students for hands-on cooking classes. The commercial kitchen will support prep for afterschool programs at other Title 1 schools. Our team offices, also on site, will provide training space and a recipe test kitchen. In addition, we’ll have a 1-acre healing garden and student farm to provide a safe nature space for our students.

We broke ground on this one-of-a-kind project in September 2019. Construction is moving fast on the building. After the building is complete solar panels will be installed followed by inspections. 

Click on the photos below to see the progress!

After the groundbreaking in September 2019, there were many delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Preparation of the site started again in May 2020. Deep stabilizing pylons were placed in September and October which required a large piece of equipment and lots of earth pounding. In November utilities were laid. The outline of the cooking school could be seen where they built concrete framing and installed beams. 

Construction October 2020Construction November 2020Construction May 2020Groundbreaking September 2019

 

 

 

In early December the concrete floors were poured and it’s started looking like a real building. Walls went up in the middle of December and by January 2021 you could see the walls in front and the center support beam extending the length of the building.
Building from the backWalls in frontWalls going upPouring concrete

 

 

 

In late January the roof was added, there was framing inside and you can see the full shape and size of the building and back patio which will be an outdoor classroom area. Staff and board members were able to tour the site. In March the siding, windows and roof were being worked on.

March 2021 frontMarch 2021 backFront of building with staff & boardBack of building, outdoor classroom/patio area

 

 

 

In April more work was done on the exterior siding, roof and interior. We’ve also secured a landscape architect to bring our Urban Farm and Garden to life! In addition, the Building Leadership Talent class at SMUD chose phase 1 of the garden as their class project and will be helping to build out the area in spring/summer 2021.

Urban Farm & Garden SketchBack of building on April 2, 2021April 2, backFront of building April 23, 2021Back of building April 23, 2021

 

 

 

In June appliances were installed in our commercial kitchen and kitchen classroom. Our commercial kitchen consists of induction stovetops, walk-in refrigerator, and dry storage. We are excited this space will allow us to serve more kids and families.

Kitchen Classroom  June 10, 2021Commercial Kitchen June 10, 2021Three compartment sinkFront view of building June 10, 2021

 

 

 

 

On October 15 we moved into our brand new facility Floyd Farms, adjacent to Leataata Floyd Elementary. Our cooking classroom will serve 30+ students, the commercial kitchen will allow us to keep our produce fresh and provide us with the storage we need to keep running our program. This new space will serve as our offices where our staff will train future instructors of our curriculum and manage day-to-day operations.

Moving truck Food Literacy Center's officesCooking classroom

 

 

 

November 3rd It’s official! After more than six years of hard work, Floyd Farms is finally our home! We formally received the keys to this 4,500 square foot facility at a brief Key Ceremony held by the Sacramento City Unified School District to commemorate the milestone. 

We’re operating the new Floyd Farms near Leataata Floyd Elementary School & Marina Vista public housing. The site is owned and built by Sacramento City Unified School District. Our nonprofit has moved on site to operate the facility and run programs. Floyd Farms, a 2.5-acre project featuring a cooking classroom, commercial kitchen, and student gardens, now serves as Food Literacy Center’s headquarters. 

This new cooking school will serve the 330 elementary school students enrolled at Leataata Floyd Elementary, their families, and students throughout the district, plus community members.

Group photo in front of cooking school

 

 

 

 

Help us expand programs for our kids in this new space. You can honor a family member or loved one by naming a garden bed or tree for them. Your support will help us build the next generation of healthy kids!

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