Community farm planned for San Antonio's Northwest Side

Culinaria Food and Wine Festival to fund project

SAN ANTONIO – A community farm planned for San Antonio's Northwest Side will offer firsthand opportunities to learn about where food comes from and how it's grown.

The effort is backed by Culinaria, which will raise funds for the project during its annual Food and Wine Festival starting Thursday.

Simply called "The Farm," the project is being built off Huebner Road near Interstate 10 as part of Culinaria's plan to bring "technology to the table."

"The Farm is a strategic extension of Culinaria in the form of education and is the homegrown effort of many chefs, food professionals, farmers, volunteers, sponsors and a very passionate staff," the Culinaria website says.

One of the main motivations for The Farm is to educate children and tackle hunger in San Antonio, where 325,000 people go hungry each day. According to Culinaria, 1 in 7 Americans don't know where their next meal will come from.

"We're doing a lot of collaborative efforts with a lot of different organizations to give this food away in areas that need it," Culinaria President Suzanne Taranto Etheredge said.

The Farm's technology will be the first of its kind in San Antonio and will give students and chefs the opportunity to grow plants in different scenarios with a food computer, which can duplicate any climate for growing food.

The Farm is scheduled to open in the fall. Click here to learn more.

Click here for a schedule of events for this year's Culinaria Food and Wine Festival.

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