You may not realize that more than 35 community gardens exist across the greater San Antonio area as part of the Green Spaces Alliance’s Community Gardens Network. Of course, there’s room for many more, which is why the local alliance is hosting a workshop on Saturday, Feb. 20, to teach interested residents how to start a community garden in their neighborhoods.
Workshop topics will include:
- Organizing your community
- Site selection and design
- An overview of garden components like raised beds, pergolas, and rainwater collection
- Resources for locally appropriate gardening techniques
- Fundraising to support the garden, and garden maintenance
The community garden network began in 2006 with creation of a single garden, and additional gardens have been added each year. The program enriches the community by engaging residents to preserve and use urban green spaces that bring neighbors together and promote exercise, healthy eating and environmental awareness.
The community garden workshop takes place Saturday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at EcoCentro, 1802 N. Main Ave. Cost is $75. The Green Spaces Alliance is a nonprofit organization that seeks to revitalize neighborhoods, grow food and flowers and build communities through land conservation and community engagement. For more information or to register for the workshop, visit www.greensatx.org.