Wasatch Community Gardens was established in 1989 and seeks to empower individuals and families in Salt Lake County to grow their own healthy and organic food. The organization provides land for this purpose, but also focuses on building community connections through four specialized programs: Community Garden, Community Education, Youth and School Garden, and Job Training Programs.
Wasatch Community Gardens makes it easy to find or start a community garden. There are three ways that you can get involved in community gardening:
If you’d like to learn more about organic gardening, Wasatch Community Gardens offers both educational workshops and webinars.
In addition to in-person workshops with skilled instructors, the organization also offers virtual “Garden Coaching” sessions March through August, typically once a week via Facebook Live. Specific virtual workshop information can be found on the Wasatch Community Gardens website.
To encourage children and youth to get involved in gardening and preserving the environment, Wasatch Community Gardens offers a variety of youth and school garden programs:
Wasatch Community Gardens’ Job Training Program helps women facing homelessness by providing paid work positions on the Green Phoenix Farm in downtown Salt Lake City. This program is supported by the Green Team Job Training Program, providing farm-based employment, job placement assistance, work readiness training, and mentoring.
The Green Phoenix Farm was established in August 2016 and is a property owned by the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake.The farm is completely solar powered and is certified organic under the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, and has helped turn a vacant lot into a beautiful green space in the city.
All of the food grown at the Green Phoenix Farm is donated to low-income families and never sold for-profit.
You can volunteer with Wasatch Community Gardens either as an individual or in a group. In addition, some employment and internship opportunities may be available. To see what is available or to submit a volunteer application, you will need to visit the Wasatch Community Gardens website.
Wasatch Community Gardens publishes financial and organizational data, as well as its policies. Financial and organizational data includes the organization’s strategic plan and annual reports.
While researching this organization, we didn’t find any concerning information for volunteers, schools, or donors. Wasatch Community Gardens appears to be a reputable non-profit seeking to empower individuals and families to grow and eat healthy, organic, and local food.
Before becoming involved with any non-profit organization, we always recommend conducting personal research to see if the organization's mission aligns with your values.