Brower Youth Award Winner Diana Lopez

Her Roots of Change Community Garden brings fresh produce to a San Antonio, Texas, "food desert."
PWL Diana Lopez

Photo by Greg Harman


In 2009, Brower Youth Award winner Diana Lopez was recognized for her work renovating a dilapidated bar on San Antonio, Texas' east side into a community garden. Because the neighborhood does not have a grocery store, its residents rely on Roots of Change for fresh produce that is otherwise unavailable to them.

In addition to being a repository for fresh, local food, Diana hopes Roots of Change will serve as an educational center, connecting San Antonians back to their land.

Diana is currently working as the environmental justice organizer for the Southwest Workers' Union.

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