Our new center is coming this fall! Floyd Farms at Leataata
Floyd Elementary will be home to a city-run community garden,
Food Literacy Center’s cooking school and headquarters, and
student gardens managed by our program staff.
Our Current Center
Literacy Center currently operates out of a small portable. Our
program resembles pop-up catering: we bring our food and cooking
supplies to school cafeterias, where we set up temporary cooking
and nutrition classes for elementary students. As a young
nonprofit, we don’t have a “center” where the community can come
to us to cook–yet!
Cooking School & Headquarters
In 2016, the Sacramento City Unified School District
voted unanimously for our nonprofit to
manage a cooking school and student gardens on 2.5 acres
on their Leataata Floyd Elementary campus. The 5,000 square
foot building has been designed by HMC Architects and is
funded by fees specifically designated for this
project by the developer of The Mill at Broadway, which
neighbors the school campus
Our New Center
This state-of-the-art, green facility being built will include
Cooking School, where 30+ students will learn to cook healthy
Prep Kitchen, where our staff and volunteers will prep food
and cooking supplies for after school programs across the school
district focused on Title 1 schools.
Training & Office Space, where our staff will train future
instructors of our curriculum, and manage the day-to-day
operations of this 2.5-acre facility that will reach over 1,000
Community Programs, where we will host family cooking
classes, school field trips and more!
Located at the north end of Floyd Farms, directly behind the
cooking school, will be a 1-acre multi-use, outdoor classroom
operated by Food Literacy Center. Our farm is being designed
with one goal in mind: encouraging children to eat their
vegetables. The open space, designed to improve child health, is
for students and families to learn, play, and explore in an urban
lot that was once vacant. This site compliments our existing
cooking and nutrition programs by allowing students to grow food
and engage in active play.
The type of education offered at Floyd Farms also matters.
Children’s learning styles vary. Studies show that students who
practice what they’re learning in a hands-on environment can
often retain three and a half times as much as opposed to just
sitting in a lecture and listening. Students who have difficulty
learning for reasons of ESL barriers, auditory deficiencies, or
behavioral interference can be found to be on task more often
when they are part of the learning process and not just
The new center will allow Food Literacy Center to:
Serve elementary school students in afterschool programs
Serve students at Leataata Floyd Elementary with school day
curriculum in cooking and gardening.
Expand food literacy programming to reach more schools
throughout the district.
Provide community and family cooking classes to the public.
Implement cooking and nutrition classes such as food science,
biology, history, and culture through cuisine
Provide garden education including plant biology, and
Located at the south end of Floyd Farms, directly behind the
cooking school, will be a 2-acre multi-use, outdoor classroom
operated by Food Literacy Center. Our farm was designed with one
goal in mind: encouraging children to eat their vegetables.
Rates of diet-related disease are high, reflecting the 40% of
students in Sacramento who are obese or overweight, and 1 in 3
living with type 2 diabetes. Studies show that developing healthy
habits early can help prevent these diet-related diseases. Our
free cooking and nutrition program empowers kids to improve their
diets with healthy food.
We invite you to follow Aubrey, a food adventurer in our food
literacy program, as we share what her day looks like.
Amber Stott is the Founder and CEO of Food Literacy
Last year, a teacher at Leataata Floyd Elementary asked the
students why they like their food literacy class. Several
students said they like trying new foods. Others said they love
cooking their own food. One student said, “They never give up on
School is getting healthier for Sacramento kids! Food Literacy
Center shares plans for our new cooking school, which broke
ground yesterday. Check out drone footage of the future site,
architectural drawings, and hear about our founder & CEO’s
“Having a well-established food literacy program like Food
Literacy Center is critical to the success of the Leataata
Floyd Farms Project. Amber and her team have built a strong,
academically challenging curriculum and with the added
resources of a farm and access to students throughout the day
more of our students can benefit from this outstanding
-Jay Hansen, Sacramento Unified School District board member