Growing healthy communities through garden based learning.
Gardopia Gardens grows healthy communities through garden-based learning. Programs are generated to create opportunities for neighbors to build healthy habits for themselves, their families, and their environment, as well as engage in place-making to enhance safety and security in the neighborhood. Gardopia Gardens contributes toward providing an experience for residents to connect with each other and their food, and to engage with and take ownership of unique resources in their community like green space. Participants in Gardopia’s programming learn how to grow their own food, how to sustain a garden, and connect with neighbors in an intentional way. The Garden-Based Learning (GBL) Program is an evidence-based practice that empowers young people to grow their own food while connecting topics to Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS). Topics range from soil science, entomology, composting, sustainability, botany, tool safety, intercropping, and waste reduction. The GBL has helped maintain five organic gardens within the Eastside Promise Zone: Ella Austin Community Center, Bowden Elementary School, Washington Elementary School, Sam Houston High School, and their community garden at Nolan and New Braunfels. They have also facilitated programming with students form Young Men’s Leadership Academy, Cambridge Elementary, and Alamo Heights Junior School. Every Saturday, Gardopia Gardens hosts Community Garden Workdays to foster a sense of community wellness through the practice of organic gardening. Individuals are encouraged to Adopt-A-Plot for their own food production. Gardopia also tends a community fruit orchard, located at 419 Hayes Street, which provides neighboring residents access to fresh organic fruits: pears, apples, figs, plums & kumquats. The fruits are provided at no-cost as a means to increase food security and access to green spaces in the surrounding neighborhood.
619 North New Braunfels Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78202