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Causes: Botanical, Horticultural & Landscape Services, Children & Youth, Environment, Neighborhood & Block Associations, Youth Development - Agricultural

Mission: The mission of Wasatch Community Gardens is to empower people to grow and eat healthy, organic, local food.

Results: Our hands-on, garden-based programming takes place in 17 community gardens, 14 school gardens, two youth teaching gardens, a demonstration garden, and a job training farm. We strive to make our programs accessible to all in our community: in 2019, our programs served 8,535 adults and children, 60% of whom were from low- to moderate-income households. Our programming is effective largely because of the strong community partnerships we have developed over the years. This includes partnerships with Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, the Salt Lake City School District, and numerous nonprofits, social service agencies, and businesses. Volunteer support is critical to our gardens, programs, and events. In 2019, 1,475 volunteers contributed 8,776 hours of service to WCG.

Target demographics: children, adults, and families, particularly those from low-income households.

Geographic areas served: Salt Lake County

Programs: Since 1989, we have provided children, adults, and families in Salt Lake County with access to land and education for growing and eating fresh produce, while building and nurturing community connections through gardening and healthy food. We accomplish this through four main programs: Community Garden, Community Education, Youth and School Garden, and Job Training Programs.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Stormy S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Maryann P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar