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An educational center and gardens to further promote Culinaria's commitment to the community and betterment of San Antonio!

The Culinaria Educational Center and Community Gardens will promote healthy living in the city of San Antonio. The availability of local, fresh produce will change the way people view healthy eating and nutrition. Good health is so important, and it would be an inspiration to have an example of healthy living within the San Antonio community. The center will be the perfect space to host chef demonstrations, dinners and nutritional seminars featuring the community gardens produce that will teach others the joys of healthy eating. Along with promoting good nutrition, the gardens will inspire residents to become healthier through physical activity with the help of our beautiful walking trails within the gardens.

The center will also provide an important educational tool in teaching community members about gardening, nutrition, and healthy living. This will benefit multiple groups, including families, high schools, universities and youth organizations. In addition to important health information, the gardens and the events held there will work to promote the culinary arts.

We need funds to buy equipment and supplies to build the gardens. In order to run a successful garden we need two roto tillers, an industrial riding yard tractor, lumber, seeds and gardening supplies, a water-saving/eco-friendly sprinkler and irrigation system and some shading devices for certain partial shade plants.

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Culinaria is an independent, not-for-profit organization committed to promoting San Antonio as a premier wine and food destination, while fostering community growth and enrichment and supporting local students in culinary arts and food related aid organizations. Culinaria is a registered 501c(3) tax-exempt organization and has been in business for over 12 years. We are a close-knit team comprised of employees, interns, and volunteers. One of the challenges we foresee might be the need for more volunteers and man hours as the building and development of the gardens gets underway. We plan to tackle that challenge by implementing our volunteer and internship program, in which college credit is given for the hours. Another challenge we might come across is the marketing effort to the schools of San Antonio and surrounding areas, so that we can get them involved in the educational aspect of the center and gardens. We plan to designate a team of PR professionals, whose specific goals will be to target school districts, superintendents, and educational professionals so that they will be motivated to bring the students to the gardens as a teaching tool or even a class credit.

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    Every little bit helps! All backers at this level will be included in all our updates and be a part of making a dream come true. We will also list you as a founding supporter on our annual report

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    Everything mentioned in the levels above and you get a thank you note and a picture of the Gardens when they are completed!

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    Everything from the levels above plus an invite to the Grand Opening celebration of the Culinaria Gardens!

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    Everything mentioned above plus you will have a 6x6" ceramic tile decorated on your behalf or in honor of someone else. Ideal for out of towners! We will mount all the tiles to a special "Community Partners" wall to be proudly displayed in the gardens.

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    Everything mentioned above, however if you are local to San Antonio, you can come and decorate your own tile to be displayed on our "Community Partners" wall.

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    Everything from the levels above plus entry for four to a Culinaria event in May 2013!

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    Everything mentioned above plus 2 tickets to Culinaria's Grand Tasting event in May 2013 and an invitation to a chef cooking class

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    Everything from the levels above plus two tickets to a private dinner hosted by a well known chef in San Antonio

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    Everything mentioned above and recognition as a donor on our website and press materials, plus a fabulous Culinaria T-shirt!

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