Late March 2016 Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas was forced to let go Ms. Hartsell due to funding shortfalls. In her own words:

Dear Gardeners, Supporters, Partners, Fans and Friends,

Nine years ago, the idea of a network of Community Gardens across San Antonio was just a dream. Today we see Community Gardens in all parts of San Antonio, with many participants brought together for a common cause — improving their quality of life and making their communities more beautiful and sustainable. Who would think that working side-by-side in the soil would have such benefits? Growing fresh, nutritious food; planting trees and flowers; and nurturing relationships across generations and backgrounds all strengthen our neighborhoods.

It has been a great pleasure for me to work alongside all of you. As you continue to till the soil, plant seeds and seedlings, and cultivate your network of friends and neighbors, please appreciate how far we’ve come and be proud of the role you have played.

Your Community Garden Network has helped you develop new skill sets and extended your access to resources such as tools, building plans and supplies, plants, workshops, food, green space, and more. You have built confidence in your ability to solve problems and be successful with these new skills.

I am happy to have been a part of your lives and the life cycle of San Antonio! We have made this great city a better place to live, work, and play, and there’s plenty more to do.

San Antonio needs each and every one of you to sustain this effort through the grassroots energy and enthusiasm you have demonstrated so far.

I too will carry on, sharing my skills and my passions with the world. Stay in touch, and our web of shared skills, outstanding visions, and compassion will continue expanding.

My mission continues to be to make our world a better place by ensuring that everyone has a touchstone that connects them back to nature and thereby to each other.

With affection in heart and awareness in mind,


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