Gardopia Gardens is a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency. The organization sprouted in 2015 to address health disparities in a high-crime corridor on the near-Eastside of San Antonio.
The mission of Gardopia Gardens is to grow healthy communities through garden-based learning. We envision a sustainable society, empowered, and educated to lead healthy lifestyles through gardening.
Gardopia Gardens has proudly serviced the community for 8 years, promoting health and environmental stewardship by implementing garden-based learning programming in schools, businesses, and community organizations – offering tools, materials, and best practices to ensure their gardens’ sustainability. Gardopia Gardens provides five programs: Garden-Based Learning, Build-A-Garden & Optimization, Garden Volunteer, Garden Media, and Farmers’ Market. These programmatic efforts strategically align with ten of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Gardopia Gardens implemented crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) as a methodology to reduce crime around an abandoned lot. This became San Antonio Eastside's first "gardopia," or garden utopia, where neighbors grow their own food and transform their community.