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CapRadio Garden

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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.

Hands-on Learning

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.

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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.

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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.
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Integrated pest management
is an organic way to control or prevent pests by introducing naturally occurring beneficial flowers and predatory insects.
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An automated drip irrigation with low-flow emitters, soakers and spray heads maximizes water savings
3,500+ pounds of fresh produce are donated to local food programs annually

Garden Signage (PDF)

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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.

Bee Cam

Community Connection

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. 

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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?!”

–Eileen Thomas
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.

Christine Casey
Program Representative, Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, UC Davis

Debbie Flowers
Horticulture Professor, American River College

Greg Gayton
California Certified Nursery Professional (CCNPro), Green Acres Nursery & Supply

Jeff Harris
Beekeeper / Councilmember, City of Sacramento, District 3

Kevin Jordan
CTE Horticulture Instructor, Sacramento County Office of Education

Ed Laivo
Sales and Marketing Director, Four Winds Growers

Jackson McCarty
Deputy Agricultural Commissioner / Deputy Sealer, Sacramento County (retired)

Judy McClure
Program Coordinator, UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County

Lee Tecklenburg
Market Manager, Nature’s Source

Eileen Thomas
Executive Director, River City Food Bank

Steve Zien
EcoLandscaper and California Certified Nursery Professional

Capital Public Radio

Paul Adams
Director, Corporate Underwriting

Tashina Brito
Community Relations Specialist

Craig McMurray
Director, Foundation and Corporate Development

Julia Mitric
Food and Sustainability Reporter


Garden Funding

Charter funding for the CapRadio Garden comes from local, regional and national organizations and individual donors.


Capital Public Radio Endowment
Green Acres Nursery & Supply
Kaiser Permanente
Lasher’s Elk Grove Subaru
Nugget Markets
Raley’s & Bel Air
Regional Water Authority
Sacramento Stormwater Quality Partnership
Sierra Health Foundation
The California Endowment
UC Davis
Union Pacific


Russell & Elizabeth Austin
Ann Bailey
Dan & Rhea Brunner
Sterling Dalatri
Rick & Linda Eytcheson
Steven & Sandra Felderstein
Jose Hermocillo & Valerie Hawkins
Bruce Hester & Elfrena Foord-Hester
H. Vince Jacobs & Cecilia Delury


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