Growing Community Gardens 2015


Growing Community Gardens is a 6-week winter training for community garden organizers, focused on building skills, sharing ideas and identifying resources for developing successful community gardens and school gardens. We recommend that two (2) garden leaders from each project attend the training together, if possible.

Upon completion of the training, participants whose projects meet program requirements are invited to join our network of garden leaders, continuing to connect their community gardens with Wasatch Community Gardens resources, as available, throughout the year.

New: This year's workshop series will start with a general introduction session that is also open to the public. If you wish to register for the first session only, please visit this link.

Expectations of Participants

Full attendance at all 6 classes is required for all participants. Students are expected to be involved in new or emerging community gardens 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 2015.


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


Tuesdays, 6pm-8:30pm, January 6 - February 10, 2015
Optional Garden Tour in March, Date TBD


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


Classes focus on community organizing, and cover such topics as leadership, diversity, volunteer management, facilitation, and garden design.  Topics and order of classes is subject to change.

1/6/15     How to Start a Community Garden
The first workshop of the series is also open to the general public. If you wish to register for this first workshop only, and not the rest of the series, you can register for it through this link.

1/13/15   Inclusion
Learn skills and strategies for cultivating a diverse and inclusive community garden.

1/20/15    Design
Learn principles of community garden design, and practice creating group-driven garden designs with professional landscape architects.

1/27/15    Leadership
Community gardens are built on grassroots organizing. Learn to recognize your strengths and cultivate the leadership potential in yourself and others to grow your community garden.

2/3/15    Facilitation
Organizing a community garden involves bringing a diverse group of people together to share in decision-making and ongoing garden management. Learn skills for effective meeting management and group decision-making.

2/10/15    Fundraising
Learn the basics of establishing a budget for your community garden, and tips on grassroots fundraising strategies.


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

$65 for all 6 sessions. Scholarships available.
Payment is due upon acceptance into the training.

Deadlines & Application Process

December 1 Application Deadline
December 15 Applicants Notified
January 2 Registration and payment due
January 6 Classes begin


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 demonstrate strong community support and gardener interest, and projects with established access to land.

Click Here for the 2015 Application --->

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


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