Dear Community Partner,
It’s hard to believe that we are approaching our 5 year anniversary this Spring. It's because of your continuous efforts that we're able to accomplish our mission. From the very beginning, people and businesses like you have given us the resources necessary to grow our community programming. This includes impacting thousands of youth and adults through garden-based learning. From providing educational workshops and building community gardens, to coordinating volunteer garden days and partaking in local farmers markets, we have spread the seed of health and environmental stewardship. During these unparalleled times in society's history, we want to continue our mission, while meeting the challenges of today.
Gardopia Gardens is requesting your support for the construction of the Microgreens Eatery & Mushroom Education (MEME) Lab and Expanded Chicken Coop.
In response to COVID-19, this project is crafted to address the threat of food insecurity challenging our communities, children, and families in San Antonio. Moreover, areas of the city where resident accessibility and mobility to healthy and affordable foods poses difficulties.
Upon completion, this Spring, the Microgreens Eatery & Mushroom Education Lab and Expanded Chicken Coop will provide microgreens (for personal consumption and or utilization in at-home gardens), culinary mushrooms, and fresh eggs to ensure community members have access to nutrient-dense food.
Microgreens, mushrooms, and eggs are chosen strategically because of their efficient cultivation cycles between 1-3 weeks for the desired product.
How do we get the microgreens, mushrooms, and eggs into the hands of our community? Gardopia Gardens implemented a "Drive-through" system, where individuals drove up to our garden and we’re handed an organic bag of fresh greens at no-cost. We will continue providing our community additional greens at garden volunteer program days and community farmers' markets.
Our mission is always education. This construction will allow for expanded learning opportunities for local residents to gain the valuable skill of cultivating healthy food in a timely manner. This effort grows resiliency within the community for the present pandemic and future preparedness.
Peace and Blessings,
Stephen Lucke, MA, COF
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Dominic Dominguez, MA, MG
Chief Operating Officer