Growing Community Gardens 2014


Growing Community Gardens is an 8-week winter training for community garden organizers, focused on building skills, sharing ideas and identifying resources for developing successful community gardens and school gardens. Community gardeners of all levels of experience are encouraged to apply. We strongly recommend that two (2) garden leaders from each project attend the training together, if possible.

Upon completion of the training, participants whose projects meet site/program requirements are invited to join the Wasatch Community Gardens Network to receive ongoing support and access to resources (as available) for their community garden projects.

Expectations of Participants

Full attendance at all 8 classes is required for all participants. Students are expected to be involved in new or emerging community garden projects that are committed to organic practices, food production, and inclusive community engagement. Upon completion of the training, graduates are expected to commit to at least 30 give-back hours in a community garden in 2014.


Sorenson Unity Center, 1383 South 900 West  Salt Lake City, UT 84104


Wednesdays, 6pm-9pm, January 8 - February 26, 2014
Optional Garden Tour, Saturday, March 1, 2014


Classes are taught by Wasatch Community Gardens staff, community garden leaders and local experts.


Classes will include interactive lecture, discussion time, and occasional homework assignments.  Classes will cover such topics as community development, diversity, volunteer management, event planning, meeting facilitation, garden design, and organic gardening basics.


Light refreshments will be provided.

Child Care

Drop-In child care is available at the Unity Center until 8pm. For more information, visit

Program Fee

$75 for all 8 sessions. Scholarships available.
Payment is due upon acceptance into the training.

Deadlines & Application Process

November 15 Deadline to submit application
November 15-30 Interviews and site visits, if necessary
December 2 Applicants informed of decision
January 2 Registration and payment due
January 8 Classes begin

Application Review

Applications are reviewed by a committee facilitated by Wasatch Community Gardens. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Applications will be evaluated based on the quality of the responses given in the application. Highest consideration will be given to garden projects that serve low-income communities, projects that demontrate strong community support and gardener interest, and projects with established access to land. The review committee may also ask for a follow-up meeting to discuss your project.

Application Assistance

For assistance in preparing an application, or more information, please contact:

Susan Finlayson
Community Gardens Program Director
Wasatch Community Gardens
Phone: (801) 359-2658 x 12

Application Period Closed for 2014

To be considered for our waitlist, please contact

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