Garden-Based Learning @ Hemisfair Conservancy

Garden-Based Learning @ Hemisfair Conservancy

    Addressing Need

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.


In two years, our 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.

Year-To-Date Client Served

2015 - 2017

  • 423 Youth Served by the Garden-Based Learning In School Time Program
  • 134 Garden Workshops Provided to The Community
  • 14 Youth Gardens Built In Partnership With Area Schools & Non-Profit Agencies
  • 5259 Participants Served

Help Us Sustain Children In Impoverished Areas

Gardopia Gardens assist 5 elementary schools in the Eastside Promise Zone (EPN) in the area codes 78202, 78208, 78203. 
According to the Bexar County Health Collaborative, 45%-60%+ Children living in these zip codes  are below 100% poverty level.

Help Us End Childhood Diabetes & Obesity

Gardopia Gardens empowers individuals to live healthier lives, We can prevent the long-term intergenerational cycles of obesity & childhood diabetes that burden our most vulnerable communities.
According to the Bexar County Health Collaborative, 8%-54% of adults living in the Near Eastside were told by a provider they are prediabetic or borderline diabetic.

Garden-Based Learning




Garden-Based Learning Program

Garden-Based Learning Program (GBL) provides evidence-based horticultural practices that teach youth how to grow their own food. Topics range from soil science, entomology, composting, sustainability, botany, tool safety, intercropping, and waste reduction.

The GBL curriculum has a strong emphasis on reducing childhood obesity and malnutrition.




Eastside Community Fruit Orchard



Eastside Community Fruit Orchard

The Eastside Community Fruit Orchard provides neighboring residents access to fresh organic fruits: pears, apples, figs, plums & kumquats.

the location has a strong emphasis on fruit tree education, as they require less maintenance once established.

The fruits are provided at no-cost as a means to increase food security in the surrounding zipcode.


1418 Hays St.
San Antonio, TX 78202
(210) 478-7292



Garden Volunteer




Garden Volunteer Program

Every Saturday, Gardopia Gardens hosts Community Garden Workdays, fostering a sense of community wellness through the practice of horticulture & organic gardening. Community members are welcomed to engage in an annual series of horticultural education.

Our goal is to increase self-sufficiency by empowering individuals to partake in growing their own food.  Individuals are encouraged to Adopt-A-Plot @ Gardopia Gardens or build gardens in their own homes. This event is every Saturday on the Eastside of San Antonio @ 619 N. New Braunfels from 10am-12p.



Gardopia Gardens
619 N New Braunfels St
San Antonio, TX 78202
(210) 478-7292