For inquiries contact Angela Hartsell, Community Gardens Program Manager or Michelle Gorham, Assistant Program Manager
Besides community gardeners, homeowners, patio gardeners, community leaders, civic groups, and everyone else benefits from Green Spaces’ services to San Antonio and our eco-region.
The Community Gardens Program exists to support community greening efforts. Our resources include expert guidance for both the community building and the community greening components. We also coordinate educational opportunities, materials, tools, volunteer support, and funding. You may opt to participate in our network as a gardener but please note that the program also needs financial, human, and physical capital to continue offering these services.
Learn about Gardening
Green Spaces hosts multiple educational events each year that provide hands-on training from local experts and exposure to pressing social and environmental topics.
“Thank you for all that you do with Green Spaces Alliance, every function I’ve attended has been helpful and interesting…”
Note: Member gardens of the GSA network are required to attend a minimum of five workshops per year.
1. Establish your community group.
2. Define your purpose and vision.
3. Select an appropriate garden site and identify primary components.
4. Determine leaders and delegate tasks.
5. Gather resources and support.
Our team of professionals will offer advice to your community group and visit your garden site through every stage of development.
Members of the GSA network are welcome to borrow tools and equipment to supply volunteer projects and keep their projects growing.
- Tillers, mowers, power saws, power drills…
- Shovels, rakes, forks, trowels, hoes…
- Gloves, goggles, water jugs, tables, tents…
For a full list and to request equipment, network members should log-in to the garden forum.
Members of the GSA network are welcome to request volunteer support for special garden projects and general maintenance, as needed. Garden groups should submit date, time, and location information, as well as contact information for the project leader and details about the intended project. Requests should be placed at least two weeks in advance of the volunteer event.
Volunteers may be:
- Individuals willing to learn and do
- Individuals with special skills, like carpentry
- School groups
- Civic groups
- Businesses interested in supporting community projects
To request volunteers, network members should log-in to the garden forum.
To sign up to volunteer, as a group or an individual, go to the volunteer page.
Funding for Community Gardens
Starter Funding from Green Spaces
These awards provide facilitation, advice, and some funding to help gardeners get started. Groups of eight or more unrelated individuals who want to start a garden in their neighborhood may apply. Organized neighborhood associations, non-profit corporations, housing complexes, public institutions, and unincorporated neighbor groups are also encouraged to apply when they meet the eligibility criteria. Read the guidelines and fill out an application today.
- Determine your eligibility.
- Query your neighbors.
- Let GSA know of your intention.
- Schedule an open community meeting and publicize it to everyone in your neighborhood.
- Invite GSA staff to your community meeting for a presentation and to answer questions.
- Ask attendees to commit to the project and sign-up for the core group.
- Meet with your core group to process through the Start-up Guides.
- Pick a couple sites based on proximity to core group members.
- Send a core group representative to our next orientation session.