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SPC Organic Community…

100 percent organic: St. Philip's College seeks volunteers from community at 100 percent organic East Side Community Garden Day April 20 and May 4...
Jessica's Project Work Day (Archival Photo)

SPC Organic Community Garden Volunteers

100 PERCENT ORGANIC: ST. PHILIP'S COLLEGE SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FROM COMMUNITY AT 100 PERCENT ORGANIC EAST SIDE COMMUNITY GARDEN DAY APRIL 20 AND MAY 4

St. Philip's College invites all to help San Antonio go healthier and greener by sharing knowledge this April 20 and May 4 as guest volunteers in the first working 100 percent organic community garden on San Antonio’s East Side. Volunteers should contact Dr. Solomon Nfor, college biotechnology program coordinator and organizer for the classroom series known as Jessica's Project http://alamo.edu/spc/jessicasproject/ at (210) 486-2754 | snfor@alamo.edu.

The 6,500 square-foot East Side Community Garden with multiple organic garden plots where gardeners can take organic produce home for meals was initiated by a group of seniors who are assisted by volunteers and neighbors, explained Nfor. In addition to increasing food resources for local seniors on fixed incomes in the food desert of East Side San Antonio, the college has found opportunities to give back by helping to improve the nutritional value of the up-and-coming organic garden located between residences at 1715 N. Center St.

In November, students planted vegetables that getting ready to harvest. Mary Morgan, the college's master gardener, educated the students on what and why they are growing organic. As the students and guest volunteers mulch, maintain and harvest the garden and its vegetables April 20 and May 4, they’ll share information with volunteers from Mary Morgan on how anyone can do what they are doing.

Several years in the making, the project http://alamo.edu/spc/jessicasproject/is sustained in part through funding by Alamo Colleges District in its commitment to champion student success, known as an Instructional Innovation Grants initiative. The Alamo College's Foundation has invested up to $10,000 at the college for two years to reinforce and deepen a pervasive culture of innovation throughout the district. One of the Year Two (2017-2018 academic year) projects funded was Jessica’s Project, including the organic garden as an extended classroom.

Goals of the grant include educating, informing and advising St. Philip’s College students and Eastside Promise Zone community members on best practice sustainable health and wellness initiatives.

Here’s a look at the 2018 community garden volunteer opportunity schedule:

April 20 | 9 a.m.-noon | East Side Community Garden | 1715 N. Center St. | Parking and walking or car-pooling from the college is recommended due to limited neighborhood parking. The campus is located at 1801 Martin Luther King Dr. in the city's Denver Heights neighborhood (buildings are marked on the interactive map http://alamo.edu/spc/imap-MLK/)
May 4 | 9 a.m.-noon | East Side Community Garden | 1715 N. Center St. | Parking and walking or car-pooling from the college is recommended due to limited neighborhood parking. The campus is located at 1801 Martin Luther King Dr. in the city's Denver Heights neighborhood (buildings are marked on the interactive map http://alamo.edu/spc/imap-MLK/)

Jessica's Project Work Day Photo 01 (Archival Photo) Jessica's Project Work Day Photo 02 (Archival Photo) Jessica's Project Work Day Photo 03 (Archival Photo) Jessica's Project Work Day Photo 04 (Archival Photo)
Jessica's Project Work Day Photo 05 (Archival Photo) Jessica's Project Work Day Photo 06 (Archival Photo) Jessica's Project Work Day Photo 07 (Archival Photo)  
CAPTION: Archival images of St. Philip's College students giving back at the East Side Community Garden are a reminder that the next day of garden work in the first working 100 percent organic community garden on San Antonio’s East Side is March 23.(SPC images)

About Jessica’s Project: Jessica's Project http://alamo.edu/spc/jessicasproject/ is an innovative six-year-old series of annual classroom events that have engaged hundreds of St. Philip's College nutrition, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, biology, and health sciences students with the community to address a health issue through an evidence-based program. Students learn about the impact of nutrition on health as they raise awareness on campus and in their community. Past projects have addressed spina bifida, cardiovascular health, celiac disease, gastroparesis, Crohn's disease and unplanned pregnancy prevention.

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