How One Inspired Gardener Helped Strengthen a Community
Joseph de Leon wasn’t always a gardener, but ever since he was a small child, he has understood the power gardening has to make a place feel special. “My earliest memories are of my grandmother’s awesome garden: she had roses, chickens, nopales, yerba buena. We were in the middle of the urbanized west side of San Antonio, but her yard was like an oasis.”
Fast forward a couple of decades, and Joseph is a passionate gardener in his own right. His initial try at gardening--a 2x2-foot herb garden--has gradually enveloped his whole yard, so that he now lives among vegetables, fruit trees, and chickens. He became involved with the Gardens at Gus Garcia, a combination community garden and senior garden at the Gus Garcia Recreation Center, through volunteer work, and when garden leaders invited him to be a member of the...
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