Start a Garden

Wasatch Community Gardens develops and manages community gardens on Salt Lake City public land through our Green City Growers Program, and on Salt Lake County parklands through our Parks for Produce Program.

The process of starting a garden in one of these spaces usually takes 1-2 years. Once approved to start a garden, Wasatch Community Gardens works closely with community members to design, develop and manage the garden site.

In addition to our City and County programs, Wasatch Community Gardens offers a variety of resources to help you start and run your own community or school garden through our Garden Leadership Network.

For questions about starting a community or school garden, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Community Garden Program Director, or call her at 801.359.2658 x12.

New Community Garden Projects

Two groups are organizing to start new community gardens in 2017, and they need your participation!

The Parks for Produce program is working with Draper City to start a community garden for its residents, and in Salt Lake City, the Green City Growers program has offered a site along the 9-Line trail of 900 S and 750 W.

Both of these programs require community members to get involved in the application process, outreach activities, and site development. Community involvement is crucial for these projects to proceed, so please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at 801.359.2658 x16.

Green City Growers

The Green City Growers Program is a partnership between Wasatch Community Gardens and SLC Green to start and manage new community gardens on Salt Lake City land. One to two new gardens are implemented every year through the program!

Salt Lake City has identified several city-owned or managed parcels located on properties with access to a water line and other conditions conducive to creating a successful and sustainable community garden.

Click here to view more information about available parcels and application process.

For questions about starting a community garden on city land, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Green City Growers Coordinator, or call him at 801.359.2658 x16.

Parks for Produce

Salt Lake County's Urban Farming Initiative and Wasatch Community Gardens have partnered to form the Parks for Produce Program. This program provides land, infrastructure, organizing expertise, and administrative assistance to communities interested in starting new community gardens at Salt Lake County parks.

These gardens are overseen as official Wasatch Community Gardens and participate in the Wasatch Community Gardens network. Official Parks for Produce gardens receive a tried-and-true garden management structure, membership administration services, fiscal sponsorship for tax purposes, and many more resources to help the garden flourish.

Available Parcels

The county has identified several county-owned parks with access to a water line and other conditions conducive to creating a successful and sustainable community garden.

Click here to view available parcels.

How to Apply

Download and read our pdfParks for Produce Manual to learn more about the process for starting new gardens through the Parks for Produce program. This manual describes the process you will go through if your application is approved.

To verify the suitability of a park site near you or to receive pre-approval, contact Julie Peck-Dabling, Program Manager, or 385.468.1811.

Once pre-approved, garden organizers complete an application process including: gathering a core group of committed organizers, demonstrating community demand by collecting signatures of interested gardeners, and reaching out to partnering organizations for volunteers and support.

For questions about starting a community garden on county land, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Parks for Produce Coordinator, or call him at 801.359.2658 x17.

Garden Leadership Network

Need help starting and/or managing your own community or school garden? We support community garden in a variety of ways:

Read Our Garden Start-Up Handbook - pdfDownload our popular handbook From Neglected Parcels to Community Gardens for free. It reviews what you need to know about creating a community, addressing legal issues, planting crops, and so much more!

Set Up A Consultation - We are happy to help you answer remaining questions, meet with your garden group or do an initial site visit. Availability is dependent on the season. To set up a consultation, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Community Garden Program Director, or call her at 801.359.2658 x12.

Attend Our How To Start A Community Garden Workshop - This workshop walks you through the steps of starting a community or school garden. Topics include forming a committee, planning the garden, organizing gardeners, overcoming challenges and fostering community involvement. Watch for this workshop registration each September.

Participate In The Growing Community Gardens Training – Participants of this training series learn leadership skills for starting and sustaining successful community gardens and school gardens. For more information click here.

Support & Services - Wasatch Community Gardens offers ongoing support and services to qualified community and school gardens. Services include access to free or discounted gardening materials for community garden use, scholarships to our standard-fee organic gardening workshops, grants for garden development project, and gardening tools for community garden group work days.

For questions about joining Garden Leadership Network, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Community Garden Program Director, or call her at 801.359.2658 x12.