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, November 2014

WCG is thankful for you!

Dear Friends,

What redeeming qualities does November really have? It's cold and dark, the bounty of the summer garden has been left behind with only greens and a few hardy root vegetable souls to fend for themselves, and the shrinking of daylight seems measurable each week, forcing us indoors for more hours during the day. Rarely is there much fresh, deep snow in the mountains and the dreaded winter inversion starts to rear its ugly head. Can somebody throw us a bone?

As always, the glass is half full and the bright spot of November is Thanksgiving. The roots of this holiday come from gratitude and celebration of the bounty of the summer harvest and from enjoying our friends and families. It's the best holiday of the year in my estimation, enabling us to think about all of the things for which we are thankful in our lives. It's a worthy tradition.

I, myself, am grateful for so many things: the amazing group of co-workers I have the good fortune to work with on a daily basis at the WCG office; our passionate and dedicated board of directors; all of our community gardeners, community partners, youth participants, workshops presenters, and attendees; and of course, our wonderful volunteers who help us produce literally tons of food each year in our 31 community and school gardens.

I'm also grateful to you, our generous supporters. We couldn't strive to build community around healthy, organic, local food without your generosity. As you consider the many worthy organizations for your year-end giving, we greatly appreciate being included as one of your top choices. Watch your mailbox in the coming weeks for our annual fundraising letter or make your gift online today.

When the November melancholy starts to set in, it's helpful for me to remember all of the things for which I'm thankful: my health, my family, my friends, and this amazing community of people that make up Wasatch Community Gardens.

In gratitude and celebration,

Ashley Patterson
Executive Director

P.S. For all of you interested in starting a new community or school garden next year, applications are now open for our Growing Community Gardens leadership training and for starting a new community garden on a Salt Lake City or Salt Lake County Parks property. We'd love to support your efforts to start a new garden in your neighborhood.

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