Wasatch Community Gardens

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Environment

Location: 824 S 400 W Ste 127 Salt Lake City UT 84101 USA

Mission: The mission of Wasatch Community Gardens is to empower people of all ages and incomes to grow and eat healthy, organic, local food.
Results: 2012 Accomplishments Community Gardening Program: • The 25 community gardens in the WCG Network served 1,100 individuals or families, plus an additional 2,000 K-12 students – allowing them to grow their own fresh, organic produce. Fourteen of these gardens are located in low-income neighborhoods in Salt Lake City. • We helped start six new community or school gardens through the WCG Network. • We helped start two new community gardens on County property through our “Parks for Produce” Program and added three community gardens on City property through the “Green City Growers” Program. Youth Gardening Program: • We provided 1,604 primarily low-income youth with access to healthy, local food; unique outdoor experiences; and organic gardening skills through our youth gardening programs. Community Education Program: • We offered 60 "Learn to Grow" workshops, attended by more than 800 people, on topics such as composting, urban chicken care, fall and winter planting, seasonal cooking, and food preservation. Volunteer Program: • Our 684 dedicated office, garden, and event volunteers contributed 7,331 hours of service to WCG. The work of our volunteers resulted in the donation of thousands of pounds of produce to local food pantries and the continuation of our eleven gardens to serve the community as beautiful and productive spaces for public horticultural display.
Programs: Since 1989, Wasatch Community Gardens (WCG) has provided Wasatch Front residents access to a vibrant and evolving network of gardening, land, and education. Access to Gardening and Land Through the Community Gardening Program, we offer community members of all income levels the opportunity to grow their own food by providing garden space, resources, administrative assistance, and education. Impacts of the program go beyond providing land and resources for individual gardeners. Community gardens also strengthen community bonds; encourage outdoor, physical activity; increase fruit and vegetable consumption; provide the setting for organic gardening research and education; and serve as horticultural displays in urban settings. WCG oversees eleven community gardens in the Salt Lake Valley with 387 garden plots. Through the Wasatch Community Gardens Network, we also assist other groups to start and sustain their own community gardens by providing leadership development, funding, materials resources, and networking. Finally, through innovative partnerships with Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City, we offer programs that provide residents access to community gardens on City and County-owned land. Access to Education The Youth Gardening Program encourages youth to make healthier food choices and become more physically active by providing participants with: 1) access to healthy, local food, 2) unique outdoor experiences, and 3) organic gardening skills. The youth participants represent a diverse cross section of Salt Lake City residents, with a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds, and range from 3-18 years of age. Components of the program include City Roots after-school and summer classes, City Sprouts summer camps, and Growing Greens field trips. To execute the program, WCG collaborates with a variety of social service agencies that serve low-income youth, including Boys and Girls Clubs, YWCA, and YouthCity, as well as the Salt Lake City School District. Through the Community Education Program, we offer diverse organic gardening and sustainable food workshops, print and online educational resources, and direct outreach activities. We charge a nominal fee for the workshops; however, we offer a scholarship option so that anyone, regardless of income, can attend.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Wasatch Community Gardens has gone through tremendous growth over the last several years, and they've done it with heart, purpose, and an eye to the community. Their focus on community gardening, supporting food access, and educating people from all walks of life on healthy, local foods fills a deep need.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I have attended a handful of community classes at Wasatch Community Gardens. They are amazingly helpful and easy to understand. I appreciate the thorough but relatively basic instruction, being open to all types of questions, and the diverse topic offerings. I have recommend Wasatch Community Gardens classes to many people and will continue to do so. They have helped me a great deal with garden planning and confidence.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Becoming more confident about planning my own garden.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

How did you learn about this organization?

Through USEE enewsletter.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Greetings, I moved to Utah and immediately put my name on the waiting list at the community garden near my home. I am retired on disability and that sure can dampen my spirits. I have become involved with teh Wasatch Community Gardens and feel better about myself, more empowered and know that I am eating healthy, organic food and not hurting the earth while doing it.I feel now that I can empower others because of the support I receive there. The knowledge! It is truly a worthy organization

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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