Submitted by: Andy Castillo 12:03am Jun 18 2012

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Quintana Community and the greater San Antonio area

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Create a pilot Learning / Community garden for Dwight Middle School and the surrounding Quintana Community.

So that people could... 

The idea is to have a Learning garden for students that could also act as a gathering place and garden for the local community. The hope is that this would act as a pilot program for San Antonio schools to look at and use as a model for learning gardens at other area schools. Some ideas are that the produce can be used at Dwight Middle School or possibly the students could sell the produce to the local community for a nominal fee. The site is meant to be totally self-sustained by rain water collection and possibly in the future a solar array to power lights and a community movie projector.

* the site no longer has a building on it as shown in the map below

Because I want San Antonio to be...

a more healthy and self-sustainable community. By investing in the nutrition and in the education of our youth we can forge a healthier and more prosperous San Antonio

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ela (Jun 18 2012)
Great idea !
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Jsaon Schmidt (Jun 18 2012)
While I like both concepts of this idea (Education & Community Gathering) I think the aspect of a community garden use is one that would be a great use here in San Antonio. Other areas of the nation utilize these community garden spaces and they have become well loved by the neighborhoods that they are in as a place of gathering, learning etc... Most notable would be areas of the NW (Seattle, Portland etc..) that use spaces like this. With our weather these areas could feasibly be utilized almost all year round. On top of that adding the educational aspect is a win-win.
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Jbiffle (Jun 18 2012)
I think it is an excellent idea to couple the idea of the garden with the education of children. Too often do our schools' children think of ketchup as a vegetable, or that produce from a grocery store comes from the back of the store instead of a farm. It wasn't but just a handful generations ago that the garden was an integral part of everyday culture. I believe something of this nature could help rejuvenate this lost part of our culture... for too long we have remained detached from the land.
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Claudia Salinas (Jun 18 2012)
I think this is a great idea!
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meg (Jun 18 2012)
I've seen garden communities before but never with this added spin; bringing the youth into a healthy environment, enforcing sustainability in an academic setting, while contributing to the local community as a whole. Everyone benefits... All around amazing idea!
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Gilbert (Jun 18 2012)
The idea promotes something really needed on the city's Southside, healthy foods. The project also makes good use of an empty lot while providing a sustainable green space where people can visit and enjoy.
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Andrew (Jun 18 2012)
Excellent idea. This approach to community development , both creative and sustainable, is what the south side and the greater San Antonio community needs. It has my support.
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Julia (Jun 18 2012)
This is a design I would love to see incoporated throughout San Antonio if they were every a place to define public space this would be it.
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Amanda (Jun 19 2012)
What a great concept! And the fact that you already have a design layout for the garden makes the idea even more plausible. I'd love to see this become reality.
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Jeff (Jun 19 2012)
I think this concept could bring a much needed awareness to the possibilities of sustainable, self sufficient design. This area could greatly benefit from it. I would like to see this become a reality.
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Andy (Jun 19 2012)
Here is a link to guidelines for creating school gardens http://communitygarden.org/docs/learn/articles/schoolgardentipsheet.pdf also here is a link for 14 reasons for having a community garden. http://communitygarden.org/docs/learn/articles/14good_reasons_for_cgs.pdf and check out the www.communitygarden.org for a good resource on creating a community garden in your area. This project would also help reduce tagging and crime, it will give the elderly and young a place to come and interact in the area during the day and at night with movie night in the summers. Check out more on this forgotten historic little town that use to be called South San Antonio and more 3D images of this community garden project at http://www.southsanmain.com/
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Kate (Jun 19 2012)
Given our nation, and our city's crisis of obesity, this project has the potential to make a real difference in the community. Bringing children to the garden, to the ground, to understand where REAL food comes from could transform a generation and provide and educational process not available in school. With increased focus on local products, the time is ripe to include the young ones in this paradigm shift. Let's do it!! :)
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jenn (Jun 19 2012)
School gardens have seen lots of success in other large cities. This would provide a wealth of positives: a way to teach math, science and health; a place to inspire art and literacy; a safe gathering place; and promoting growth and care for both people and plants. Great use of space!
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Homan (Jun 19 2012)
The Green idea is awesome, it has a deep thinking behind which i couldn't find in others and not just fun but a good experience for those kids which surrounded by TV advertising which lead them to unhealthy condition.
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Victor (Jun 20 2012)
Great way to integrate sustainability with education, youth, and community involvement! It’s also a very innovative use of this space in the Quintana community. Awesome idea!
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Patricia De Haro (Jun 20 2012)
Great idea. Love it.
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MRey (Jun 21 2012)
This grass-roots idea is very strong and something the community would embrace. As designers of our built environment we should all focus more on the idea of a potential project and allow the design to then follow. I think this particular concept has it's priorities in the right order.
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Fermana (Jun 23 2012)
Tt's a wonderful idea and makes a great improvement on a much needed space also makes SA a better place to live!
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Rene (Jul 15 2012)
This makes a lot of sense! It works on many levels and it will also provide some much needed green space on Southcross Blvd.
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