Addressing NeedEffective 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.
ImpactIn 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 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 Fit, an ongoing program sponsored by Wheatley Community School,
provides free family fitness classes, Monday through Thursday, from 6:45pm to 7:45pm.
- Monday - Strength & Conditioning
- Tuesday - Strength & Conditioning
- Wednesday - Cardiovascular Training
- Thursday - Vinyasa Yoga
Wheatley Community School
415 Gabriel St.
San Antonio, TX 78202
Community Garden Workdays
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.
619 N New Braunfels St
San Antonio, TX 78202