Spanish Colonial Demonstration Farm

Mission Heritage Partners raised funds to restore the Spanish Colonial farm that once helped feed the residents of Mission San Juan. It remains the only Spanish Colonial Demonstration Farm in the National Park Service, and the only one in the United States to use its original historic farmlands. The group also underwrote the salary for a qualified agricultural expert who worked with volunteers to till the soil, plant and harvest many of the same crops once raised at the original Spanish Colonial farm. The 5-acre plot is also irrigated as it was in the 18th century – with water led from the San Antonio River through an acequia onto the farm fields.

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Mission Heritage Partners provide volunteer and financial support for the preservation, protection, interpretation and enjoyment of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Since 1984, the official friends group to the park has raised more than $4 million to benefit the San Antonio park. Additional support garnered by Mission Heritage Partners through advocacy efforts total more than $70 million in value.

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