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Construction Update


Construction Update
April 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





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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