Spotlight: Community Organization
Green Spaces Alliance
Junior League of San Antonio, Inc.
Many people would describe gardening as a labor of love. This adage takes on a whole new meaning for members of JLSA’s Community Placement, Green Spaces Alliance. This placement partners the JLSA with the Community Gardens Program within the Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas, whose focus, according to the committee’s co-chair, Shannyn Romero, is to “build communities, preserve green space, and provide education on the value of growing fresh food.”
The Green Spaces Alliance JLSA committee currently has eight members who tend to 33 gardens in their Community Garden Network. They spend four hours, one Saturday a month, going to the GSA’s community gardens and establishing new garden beds and maintaining existing ones. In this way, they help this local environmental organization to achieve their community garden goals, while carrying out those of the JLSA.
As part of this committee, Shannyn’s most memorable activity thus far was working at the Fiskars Event at the East Side Community Garden. She describes the garden in a state of disrepair, with “rotting beds, dead plants, and lots and lots of ants.” However, after a day spent partnering with the Fiskars team and members of the Home Depot Foundation, the garden was transformed into a “welcoming community space.” Not bad for a few hours on a Saturday morning!
Shannyn says that all of her placement members have a love of nature and of learning. Learning about the people the garden will benefit and of gardening know-how, such as proper planting techniques and bed placement for optimal sun exposure. With each new “healthy, vibrant garden,” the committee puts their JLSA stamp on a small plot of earth in San Antonio, living the mission and carrying out the goals of our organization.