Welcome to Wasatch Community Gardens

Our mission is to empower people of all ages and incomes to grow and eat healthy, organic, local food.

We believe the quality of a community is directly related to the quality of its food. We exist to build community by providing the space to garden, the expertise to assist others, and the education to empower current and future generations of organic gardeners. By doing so, we not only improve our community's green space, but we also improve our community's health, vitality, and self-reliance.

Find out more by exploring our many different programs, workshops, events, and volunteer opportunities.

Letter from the Executive Director, September 2014

...time flies when there's so much local food to enjoy!

Dear Friends,

How did it get to be September already? It seems like just yesterday that I and all of my co-workers were sprinting across the parking lot at Rowland Hall to protect the thousands of precious organic, heirloom vegetable seedlings from marble sized hail at the Plant Sale in May... time flies when there's so much local food to enjoy.

Luckily, our valiant efforts did save those tomato and basil seedlings and we're once again hosting folks from near and far to our 21st annual Tomato Sandwich Party on September 6th at our Grateful Tomato Garden. Please come join us and enjoy a pesto and tomato sandwich (BTW, thanks to Crumb Brothers for the delicious bread and Whole Foods Sugar House for making the pesto for us) in the garden with 800 of your best friends. I can't think of a better way to spend a lovely Saturday in September, can you?

We're also once again partnering with eight of the best restaurants in Salt Lake City to give homage to the beloved heirloom tomato. Eat at one of these restaurants during the month of September and order their featured heirloom tomato dish, and they will donate 30% of the price of the item to Wasatch Community Gardens to support our work in the community. It's a fabulous excuse to enjoy a meal at one of these local eateries and really, what's a community without unique and delicious locally owned restaurants sprinkled throughout it?

We've also been busy starting a School Garden Program in partnership with the Salt Lake City School District; gearing up for our Growing Greens Field Trips to help teachers meet their state standard for nutrition; supporting new garden start-ups through our Wasatch Community Gardens Network; putting on our usual array of amazing workshops to help you grow, prepare, and preserve local and organic food; and getting ready for the Historic Sandy Garden's annual Pumpkinfest. Oh, and harvesting lots and lots of vegetables. Baseball bat-sized zucchini anyone?

And, just like a vine-ripened garden tomato, we've got loads of juicy details to share this month, so keep reading.

Hope to see you during Tomato Days!

Ashley Patterson
Executive Director

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