Organize a New Community Garden

Wasatch Community Gardens supports the growth of community gardens in Salt Lake County through three main programs:

Green City Growers

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

Available Parcels - 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.

How to Apply - The application process includes 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. If the application is approved, organizers participate in the process of designing and building the garden. To request an application, or 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 Program Manager, or call him at 801.359.2658 x16.

Parks for Produce

Parks for Produce is a partnership between Wasatch Community Gardens and Salt Lake County to start and manage new community gardens on Salt Lake County land.

Available Parcels - Salt Lake County has identified several county-owned parcels with access to a water line and other conditions conducive to creating a successful and sustainable community garden.

How to Apply - The application process includes 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. If the application is approved, organizers participate in the process of designing and building the garden. Download and read our Parks for Produce Manual to learn more about this process. To request an application, or 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 Program Manager, or call him at 801.359.2658 x17.

Garden Leadership Network

We offer a number of additional resources to people organizing community gardens in Salt Lake County:

Garden Start-Up Handbook - Download 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!

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.

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. We offer this workshop once a year. Once it is scheduled, it appears on our general workshop calendar.

Growing Community Gardens Training – Participants of this training series learn leadership skills for starting and sustaining successful community gardens and school gardens. Applications are available in October, with the training occurring in January and February. If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive notice when the next training becomes available, please 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.

Additional Support - Graduates of our Growing Community Gardens Training whose gardens projects align with Wasatch Community Gardens' mission and values are eligible to apply for continued support, including access to free or discounted gardening materials for community garden use (as available), discounts to our standard-fee organic gardening workshops, access to our Mini-Grant program, and hand tool loans for community garden group work days.

For questions about joining our 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.