Read & Feed

Read and Feed Teaching and Demonstration Garden

Junior League of Sacramento (JLS) has partnered with the Sacramento Public Library Foundation’s Read and Feed Teaching and Demonstration Garden to provide a significant platform for educating Sacramento-area families on healthy food choices and nutrition.  Each Read & Feed Teaching and Demonstration Garden will serve as a focal point for community activities that will bring diverse community members together across culturally different backgrounds.

The first Read and Feed Teaching and Demonstration Garden, at the Colonial Heights Library, was built in 2012 and is the first of its kinds in Sacramento.  The garden provides hands-on educational family and afterschool activities.  Colonial Heights Library is located in an area where 25.1% of the population lives below the poverty line.

The second Read and Feed Teaching and Demonstration Garden was built in the fall of 2013 at the Rancho Cordova Library.  Both libraries are located in neighborhoods lacking grocery stores with fresh produce and whole foods, often referred to as a “food desert.” 

JLS provides educational programming includes monthly “Family Fun” activities, afterschool activities focused in the garden, and hands on garden beautification projects at both libraries.

“The Sacramento Library Foundation is thrilled to partner with JLS to bring demonstration gardens to the community through our library,” said April Butcher, President of the Sacramento Library Foundation. “JLS is well-established in this community and its members have tremendous passion, dedication and enthusiasm to help us deliver on our mission to improve our local community.”

To Date JLS has provided:

  • 910 volunteer hours
  • Services to about 1,300 children and adults
  • Donated more than $35,000