$40 Donation to Gardopia Gardens
Stephen Lucke is the founder of Gardopia Gardens a biochemist and a strength & conditioning specialist.
The workshop will include construction of a 6" x 12" x 6" inch reused pallet wood container with soil and 2 herb plants. Stephen will also discuss garden maintenance, and the health benefits of using herbs in our daily lives.
Gardopia Gardens is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that teaches healthy lifestyles and garden-based learning. Gardopia was founded in 2015, has a physical location on 619 N. New Braunfels, partners with community / school gardens throughout San Antonio, and has a residential & commercial garden program.
Health benefits "Herbs have been used since ancient times for their medicinal properties, mostly concentrated into teas and tinctures. More recently, their healthful value as a food ingredient has been realized. For one, herbs add a burst of flavor to food, allowing you to cut back on salt without sacrificing taste. And several herbs, including parsley, have significant amounts of the essential vitamins A, C and K.
But the true power of herbs lies in their wealth of protective polyphenols — plant compounds with potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Piles of studies show that polyphenols in herbs help combat such diseases as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and more. Polyphenols are anti-microbial, so they can help protect us from harmful bacteria as well. Although many of the studies on herbs’ effects have involved concentrated solutions of the leaves’ active components, there is evidence that their benefits still apply when they are cooked and eaten as part of a regular meal, too." -Ellie Krieger, Washington Post