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

Agreement between SA Missions National Historical Park, SA Food Bank

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.

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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. 

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