Stories of Food Access and Sustainability
Located in the heart of California, we operate in one of the most fertile agricultural regions in the world, and yet our community faces substantial food access and sustainability challenges.
Through our Food and Sustainability initiative, our newsroom covers the critical challenges facing the global food system and explores food as the basis of culture, connection, health and community.
The CapRadio Garden is an extension of our storytelling initiative. It provides a gathering space for community members, policy makers, educators and students. Through hands-on activities, lectures and dialogues, CapRadio furthers the conversation and brings public awareness to the multi-dimensional issues around food.
Comprised of raised plant beds, bee hives, fruit trees, a bioswale water run-off capture system, and interpretive signage, our three-quarters of an acre garden demonstrates the major environmental issues driving the national conversation: water, land use, nutrition, conservation and wildlife.
Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) provides an hourly wage to young adults as part of its work-study program. Students from SCOE's Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School maintain the CapRadio Garden 3-5 hours a week.
Integrated pest management is an organic way to control or prevent pests by introducing naturally occurring beneficial flowers and predatory insects.
An automated drip irrigation with low-flow emitters, soakers and spray heads maximizes water savings
Our four bee colonies are a principal educational element. Through a collaborative partnership with Arnia, each hive is equipped with a microphone, webcam and weight scale. The data is used to assess colony behavior and health.
We collaborate with local schools to provide experiential learning opportunities for young adults. Students actively maintain the garden and explore lessons in nutrition, cooking, agriculture and ecology.
With Sacramento State’s “Closed-Loop Program” we transform organic material and worm castings into reusable mulch and compost.
“The CapRadio Garden is a beautiful place to see, feel and taste the miracle of gardening in our incredible region. It also shows how much can be done, in a relatively small space, to feed people who do not have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
During the growing season, River City Food Bank received approximately 200 pounds of fresh produce each week to share with those who struggle to put healthy food on their tables. How awesome is that?!”
Executive Director, River City Food Bank
Slideshow of garden progress
Our Garden Council provides expert guidance in agriculture, sustainability, soil restoration, food distribution programs, nurseries and gardening mastery.
Program Representative, Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, UC Davis
Horticulture Professor, American River College
California Certified Nursery Professional (CCNPro), Green Acres Nursery & Supply
Beekeeper / Councilmember, City of Sacramento, District 3
CTE Horticulture Instructor, Sacramento County Office of Education
Sales and Marketing Director, Four Winds Growers
Deputy Agricultural Commissioner / Deputy Sealer, Sacramento County (retired)
Program Coordinator, UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County
Market Manager, Nature’s Source
Executive Director, River City Food Bank
EcoLandscaper and California Certified Nursery Professional
Capital Public Radio
Director, Corporate Underwriting
Community Relations Specialist
Director, Foundation and Corporate Development
Food and Sustainability Reporter
Charter funding for the CapRadio Garden comes from local, regional and national organizations and individual donors.
Capital Public Radio Endowment
Green Acres Nursery & Supply
Lasher’s Elk Grove Subaru
Raley’s & Bel Air
Regional Water Authority
Sacramento Stormwater Quality Partnership
Sierra Health Foundation
The California Endowment
Russell & Elizabeth Austin
Dan & Rhea Brunner
Rick & Linda Eytcheson
Steven & Sandra Felderstein
Jose Hermocillo & Valerie Hawkins
Bruce Hester & Elfrena Foord-Hester
H. Vince Jacobs & Cecilia Delury