Community Food Forest coming to the Southside

The Padre Park Community Food Forest is a 4-acre space designed and maintained by the San Antonio Community

The Food Forest will help provide a source of fresh local food, environmental sustainability, wellness, and connections to our flourishing Southside Community.

Padre Park Community Food Forest

The project leaders are committed to community leadership, food sovereignty, and living co-creation with Southside residents.

If you have never heard of a food forest, you’re not alone. Sometimes called forest gardens, a food forest can be a local habitat that mimics the native ecosystem and patterns found in nature. In its nature, a food forest is a living park, designed with the purpose of observing and preserving local climate and customs.

Where is it?

Located in Padre County Park along the Mission Reach section of the San Antonio Riverwalk. This 8-mile linear park has over 16 miles of trail along the river for pedestrians and bicyclists to enjoy, plus a paddling trail for canoeing and kayaking. These trails connect to stunning Mission Portals which are large works of art serving as gateways to the San Antonio World Heritage Mission Sites.

Physical Address: 6515 Padre Dr, San Antonio, TX 78214

By transforming this Southside park into an urban food forest and edible gardens, we will create a teachable example of growing our own food in public spaces for a more sustainable future. We are neighbors in the city that would like to see more food grown in public spaces. This is a great opportunity to grow food, grow relations, and grow an increasingly self-sustainable society.

Community Tree Planting 

There will be a community tree planting of 60 pecan and fruit trees on a public park connected to the San Antonio Riverwalk – Mission Reach. The event will include an indigenous blessing ceremony from American Indians in Texas (AIT), and education about sheet mulching on Saturday, February 26, 2022, 9:00am-1:00pm. Volunteers are welcomed.