Prepare to get your hands dirty, San Antonio. The city's leading food-focused nonprofit is bringing a new urban farm to life. The Farm is a food education project from Culinaria three years in the making. The goal is simple: Teach San Antonians how to grow their own food.
"The Farm will serve as a center for the community to learn where our food comes from and how to grow it for ourselves. By showing the community how to use new technology and sustainable growing practices to grow its own food, it is our goal to help San Antonio become a beacon of health and conservation," reads the Culinaria website.
Programming will include tours, summer camps, chef-led cooking classes, and other unique events that the city has come to expect from Culinaria.
The San Antonio restaurant scene is already buzzing with the news. "I couldn't be more excited about this cutting-edge project that [gives] San Antonio, its chefs, and the youth the opportunity to grow, learn, and eat together as we build a farm that will exceed all expectations," said Jason Dady, of Jason Dady Restaurant Group, in a press release.
The urban farm will be located on a slice of scenic land owned by Magnolia Pancake Haus off Interstate 10 and Huebner Road.
"Magnolia Pancake Haus is honored and thrilled to be a founding partner of such an amazing project, one that we know will be a legacy for our children and our grandchildren. The importance of knowing where your food comes from and having he ability to affect your own future is priceless," said Robert Fleming, owner of Magnolia Pancake Haus.
Culinaria is also teaming up with universities and engineers across the country for its "Technology to Table" initiative. In addition to utilizing more traditional practices, tech partners will be exploring new and innovative methods for growing food. Already in the works are the indoor Massachusetts Institute of Technology City Farm, which can duplicate any climate, and aquaponics system from the University of Houston.
Slated to open in fall 2016, The Farm will be more than just a food hub. The destination also promises wildflowers, local art, walking trails, and plenty of spaces for San Antonians to enjoy.
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