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A Community Garden at Your Fingertips

October 6, 2010

Girl with SeedsThe Spurs Community Garden is a riveting initiative of the San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB) under the leadership of the Nutrition, Health and Wellness division. The garden was founded and created in order to achieve the following goals:

  • To increase self-sufficiency through instruction of backyard food production techniques.
  • To produce large quantities of organic fruits and vegetables to be distributed to the food insecure.
  • To provide nutrition education in order to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables and increased exercise to help combat overweight and obesity.
  • To promote community service awareness by offering volunteer opportunities in the garden.
  • Educate children about positive ways to improve the environment.

The garden sits on 5.5 acres of land next to the main SAFB building and includes a teaching/demo garden (includes grape arbors, herb garden, and a square-foot garden instruction area), production garden (12 plots destined to produce all natural vegetables), bee hives (teaching and pollination purposes), and a walking trail (to promote physical activity).

In the two years since its creation, the Spurs Community Garden has produced more than 6,500 pounds of organic produce. The produce is harvested and donated to the partner agencies and used by the Community Kitchen, Mobile pantry, and the Nutrition, Health and Wellness team. This year the community garden has recruited more than 1,200 volunteers to learn about gardening and assist in the general garden maintenance. The garden has successfully grown a variety of produce including tomatoes, green cabbage, cantaloupe, watermelon, cucumber, eggplant, leeks, Florida broadleaf mustard, onions, okra, peppers, spinach, and herbs. The Spurs Community Garden is an amazing asset to Southwest Texas and the mission and goals will continue to help mold and build a healthier environment for all.

If you are interested in learning more or volunteering at the Spurs Community Garden, please visit our website at www.safoodbank.org or call 210.337.3663.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Matthew Molpus permalink
    October 7, 2010 11:23 am

    Great info and a great initiative with the Community Garden. The nutrition, Health & Wellness Division is very excited about this opportunity and has expanded its efforts with the Farmers’ Market initiative by growing herbs. Thank you and look forward to the feedback from this blog

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