The Agrilife Extension Service educates Texans in the areas of agriculture, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, youth and adult life skills, human capital and leadership, and community economic development. The current facilities, located in Bexar County, are spread out among various commercial buildings with limited capacity to serve the community.
As a unique public destination, the “Greenies” urban farm will provide a central location and new facilities for the Agrilife Extension Service. The farm will be located on the East side of San Antonio in a low-income, urban area.
Dunaway provided civil and environmental engineering, and planning + landscape architecture services on the project. The current design includes Ag Extension offices which are located at the urban farm and feature a large demonstration area, livestock pens, orchards, farmer market pavilion, outdoor kitchen, and event center. An existing drainage channel at the center of the site will be restored to a natural creek and used as an amenity with native plant material and wildlife habitat. Rainwater harvesting, bio-swales, and other low-impact development features will allow stormwater runoff to be collected and used for irrigation on site.