Five community gardens in San Antonio, TX

This Southside garden is open to the community. | Photo provided by Palo Alto College

Now that spring has sprung and summer is practically right around the corner, we’re here to herb your enthusiasm with a roundup of community gardens to cultivate your green thumb.

Whether you’re looking to work with a group + share the fruit or solo grow your harvest, these local spots are tilled and ready to turnip this growing season.

🌱 Gardopia Gardens, 619 N. New Braunfels Ave.

This nonprofit was founded in 2015 to address health disparities in a high-crime corridor on the near-Eastside of San Antonio. Gardopia offers several programs, including garden-based learning, a spring garden competition, and a seasonal farmers market

Season: Year round 

Cost: Free to volunteer

Getting started: Learn how you can donate or volunteer; attend Gardopia’s upcoming Family Garden Day event on Sat., May 7.

🌱 Garcia Street Urban Farm, 218 Garcia St.

This 4.1-acre farm is one of the only housing authority, community, and higher education-led urban farming + food production initiatives in the nation. The garden is managed by William R. Sinkin Eco Centro at San Antonio College and aims to create opportunities for community volunteerism, fresh produce, and education. 

Season: Year round

Cost: Free to volunteer

Getting started: Sign up for Farm Friends workdays + Garcia Street’s email newsletter. Bonus: The garden also hosts market stands every Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. until mid-June. 

🌱 Mahncke Park Community Garden, 330 Funston Pl.

A nonprofit garden that was founded in 2016. MPCG’s goals are to provide a space for Mahncke Park residents with a space to grow produce + establish community-driven events.

Season: Year round

Cost: Free to volunteer

Getting started: Send an email to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

🌱 Beacon Hill Community Garden, 1144 W. Gramercy Pl. 

The Beacon Hill Neighborhood Association founded this community garden in 2008 with a grant from the Green Spaces Alliance. The garden is a setting for neighborhood recreation, social gatherings, and education.Check out their monthly work days.

Season: Year round

Cost: Free to volunteer

Getting started: Email the garden about volunteer opportunities.

🌱 Palo Alto Community Garden, 1400 W. Villaret Blvd. 

The Palo Alto Community Garden opened in October of 2019 as a space to grow food, combat poverty + address obesity in the historically underserved Southside community. 

Season: Year round

Cost: Free to volunteer

Getting started: Stay up to date on workshops, events, workdays, and other engagement opportunities on their Facebook page