Gardopia Gardens is a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency based in the Near East of San Antonio. Founded in May 2015, the mission of Gardopia Gardens is to grow healthy communities through garden-based learning. Gardopia vision is a sustainable society, empowered and educated to lead healthy lifestyles through gardening.
Effective interventions are needed to address the growing epidemic of obesity-related diseases and environmental issues. Over the next 5 years, Gardopia Gardens aims to reduce obesity and malnutrition by increasing accessibility to fresh produce and implementing strategic intervention programming in schools, businesses, and community organizations.
Gardopia Gardens provides programs and services to educational, commercial, and residential communities, providing tools, materials, and best practices to ensure their sustainability.
Gardopia Gardens provides 4 core programs: the Garden-Based Learning Program, the Building-A-Garden & Optimization Program, the Garden Volunteer Program, and the Pearl Farmers’ Market Program. These program efforts strategically align with 10 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
Gardopia Gardens provides education and establishes organic gardens, many within the Eastside Promise Neighborhood footprint: The Ella Austin Community Center, Bowden Elementary, and Sam Houston High School were Gardopia’s first partner schools. Since then, Gardopia Gardens expanded to SAISD’s Young Men’s Leadership Academy, Alamo Heights Junior School, and Cambridge Elementary, serving 413 youth and 87 adults in 2016 - 2017. Key community stakeholders such as schools, businesses, and other non-profits have encouraged Gardopia’s growth and the integration of gardening into everyday life. Over the next 5 years, Gardopia aims to reduce childhood obesity by increasing program accessibility in low-income areas.