The Sinkin EcoCentro building on North Main Avenue. Photo by Joan Vinson.
The Sinkin EcoCentro building on North Main Avenue. Photo by Joan Vinson.

EcoCentro, located across the street from San Antonio College on North Main Avenue, is a sustainability hub for college students and community members alike. This summer, starting this Saturday, EcoCentro is hosting a series of sustainability sessions for the community. The 11 sessions include composting, permaculture, rainwater reuse, organic farming, wildscaping, aquaponics and hydroponics, and more. See the complete schedule below.

EcoCentro’s building was made to conserve. The roof is made up of 135 solar panels, its yard hosts a community garden, and a rain catchment tank sits at the entrance to the building.

Some of the team members at EcoCentro. Photo courtesy of EcoCentro.
Some of the team members at EcoCentro. Photo courtesy of EcoCentro.

Info Sessions

June 27: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Composting – Local Composting Expert Jess Mayes illustrates various composting methods and how to employ them at home for less waste, healthier plants and economical benefit.

July 1: 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
Intro to Permaculture I – Certified Permaculture Designer Nadia Gaona will introduce the concept of permaculture, its history, principles, and practical applications to get you started in your own backyard and community. Part II scheduled for 8/26.

July 11: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Groundwater Recharging Landscapes – Aquifer Recharge Specialist, USAF, Bryan Hummel presents how to invite rainwater into your landscape to benefit plants/wildlife while reducing water bills.

July 18: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Wildscaping for Pollinators – Certified Master Naturalist Drake White presents the importance of native plants, the value they hold for all pollinators, and which ones to use as host plants.

July 25: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Biological Soil Remediation – Biologist Kasey Mire discusses how restoring soil naturally contributes to personal health, drought/flood resistance, financial resilience, environmental healing.

August 1: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Organic & Sustainable Farming – Karen Haynes, local organic farmer and owner of Urban Spice Farm will share her knowledge of urban farming as it applies to infrastructure and capacity building, and discuss ways to encourage local food production.

August 8: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Aquaponics and Hydroponics – (Please check back here for details.)

August 12: 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
Why Organic? – Justin Duncan, sustainable agriculture specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, speaks about why organic food, crops, soil, and pest control is the preferable alternative.

August 15: 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
Weston A. Price Foundation presents – A self-proclaimed food evangelist, Diane Baines, speaks about GMOs. (Stay tuned for more info.)

August 22: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
TBA – (Please check here for details.)

August 26: 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
Intro to Permaculture Part II – Nadia Gaona continues the discussion on the basics and application of permaculture.

*Featured/top image: The Sinkin EcoCentro building on North Main Avenue. Photo by Joan Vinson. 

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Joan Vinson

Former Rivard Report Assistant Editor Joan Vinson is a San Antonio native who graduated from The University of Texas with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She's a yoga fanatic and an adventurer at heart....