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New farm agreement at Mission San Juan helps feed those in need

Agreement between SA Missions National Historical Park, SA Food Bank

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SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Food Bank and Missions National Historical Park will allow the food bank to farm the five acres currently used for gardens at Mission San Juan.

A signing ceremony will take place on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Mission San Juan, found in the 9100 block of Graf Road on the city's Southeast Side.

The new agreement between the nonprofits will allow the food bank to farm on the property and provide the manpower needed to farm the five-acre Spanish Colonial demonstration farm.

The food grown will be used to feed those in need.

When it was built in the 1700s, Mission San Juan was a self-sustaining community. Orchards and gardens outside the compound grow melons, pumpkins, grapes and peppers.

In full production, the hope is that the farm will yield nearly 500,000 pounds of produce a year.

The San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau will host 15 travel writers for Culinaria Festival Week, who will also participate in the signing.

Following the event there will be a tour of the farm and demonstration of the San Juan irrigation system.