Effective interventions are needed to address the growing epidemic of childhood and adult obesity. Over the next 5 years, Gardopia aims to reduce obesity and malnutrition by increasing accessibility to fresh produce, providing free family fitness classes, and by implementing strategic intervention programming in community centers and schools.
The organization offers resources that bring the garden to you and your families. Initially sprouting from the east side, the organization has expanded throughout the San Antonio area.
The New Braunfels Community Garden hosts events and classes monthly, reserving Sundays for weekly gardening maintenence.
In two years, the Garden-Based Learning Program has helped maintain 5 organic gardens within the Eastside Footprint: Ella Austin Community Center, Bowden Elementary School, Washington Elementary School, Sam Houston High School, and our wellness center community garden on N. New Braunfels St.. Gardopia Gardens has since expanded to serve San Antonio Independent School District’s Young Men’s Leadership Academy, Cambridge Elementary, and Alamo Heights Junior School, serving a total of 413 youth and 87 adults in 2016.
Gardopia’s vision is a sustainable society, empowered and educated to lead healthy lifestyles through gardening. The organization has expanded to another vacant lot, beginning the process of a community food forest.
The team is now preparing for spring gardening camps For more information on these camps and other services, visit their website http://www.gardopiagardens.org .
You can support this vision by volunteering your time in the garden or donating today.