New YMCA garden includes unconventional additions

Project made possible courtesy Silver and Black Give Back Foundation


SAN ANTONIO – The Walzem Family YMCA debuted its new garden Monday.

It took volunteers three months to build the garden and it includes some unconventional additions.

"We're going to have two STEM teaching labs. We actually have a farm bot, an open-sourced robot they built from scratch, that is going to feed, water, monitor and even film plants growing,” executive director Andi Anderson said. "They are going to get to program that. We also have an aquaponics lab and we're actually going to be raising tilapia and vegetables at the same time."

The garden was funded thanks to a grant from the Spurs' Silver and Black Give Back Foundation.

The goal of the garden is to help the children at the Y learn gardening tips from older adults and vice versa.



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