Organizing > Environmental Justice > Roots of Change

SWU defeated a proposal to construct a new fuel storage tank farm on the Eastside, a predominantly African-American neighborhood, home to 60% of the City’s fuel storage tanks and numerous industrial operations.  As a follow-up to this victory, SWU launched the Roots of Change organic community garden and involved hundreds of people in the construction, planting and harvesting of local organic fruits, vegetables and herbs. 

People-Centered Development


While the East Side has a disproportionate number of polluting facilities, what it does not have are enough grocery stores to provide the community with good access to fresh produce.  No stores offer organic produce, and the cost and travel needed to shop for it keep organic foods out of reach for most East Side families.  The community garden addresses these inequities by providing a local space for residents to grow and harvest organic food and learn about hands-on alternatives to the current corporate-controlled food system. We seek to model sustainable technologies such as composting and rainwater harvesting.

A second garden is in progress at Edison High School, led by SWU’s Youth Leadership Organization.

Community Food Security

  • We offer healthful, organic fruits & vegetables to the East Side community for no or low cost
  • We serve as an educational center for youth & community members to learn about urban gardening
  • We provide seedlings for home gardens to increase food security
  • We create a sense of community ownership of the garden through work days & events

Join Us!


We can always use your help.  We organize work days twice a month. Please contact Diana to participate in the next work day, to set up a time to tour the garden or to find out more about how to become a member of the garden community. 

Stay tuned for information about upcoming farmers markets.

Raices de Cambio: Jardin Comunitaria

Sea parte de nuestro jardín orgánico y comunitario de frutas y verduras! Ayúdenos a creer un espacio para construir comunidad y crecer cambio en el Este de San Antonio

  • Crecer frutas y verduras saludables y orgánicas por la comunidad del Este del San Antonio
  • Servir como un centro de educación y compartimiento donde los jóvenes y miembros de la comunidad pueden aprender sobre agricultura urbana
  • Dar  semillas para que familias  pueden crecer su propia comida
  • Create a sense of community ownership of the garden through work days & events

Roots of Change Materials

San Antonio Express Feature on Garden

Garden Donations