SAHA Builds Urban Farm to Combat Hunger on East Side

SAHA Builds Urban Farm to Combat Hunger on East Side

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Housing Authority, along with San Antonio College and other local organizations, held a groundbreaking on Wednesday morning for the Garcia Street Urban Farm.

  • Will be one of the largest in the city 
  • Been in the making for nearly 10 years
  • Prices will be lower than a grocery store

The 4.1-acre East Side urban farm will be one of the largest in the city and will serve as an educational and food production hub, in a U.S. Department of Agriculture-designated food desert.

“Urban Farm is in this East Side neighborhood that’s been long neglected in regards to health food options. We’ve been working on a concept with the community for over 10 years in regards to transformation of the East Side,” President and CEO of SAHA David Nisivoccia said.

Nisivoccia said local residents will be able to purchase seasonal crops at a lower price than at a local grocery store.

Once completed, San Antonio College’s William R. Sinkin Eco Centro will manage the Urban Farm in collaboration with Compost Queens, creating opportunities for community involvement and volunteerism, providing education, resources and fresh produce.

The farm is a component of SAHA’s Choice Neighborhoods Critical Community Initiatives plan funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant.