One of the big issues in health and the built environment today is equal access for everyone to fresh produce. The food disparity in San Antonio is sobering. Discussions about local food production as a solution to the critical and growing need for access to healthy foods led us to look at our urban neighborhoods and their potential.
Our research uncovered the King William district’s first recorded use as farmland or labors cultivated to support people living at the Alamo. Deeply interested in cultural landscapes, we believe that the existence of mature fruit trees can provide a link to the history of the land use in the area and are remnants of bygone times. One of the goals of The San Antonio Fruit Tree Project is to collect oral histories from the community about their trees. Our city has a long history with agriculture, and these reminders aspire to help all people have access to locally grown fresh food.