Share a Yard

What is Utah Yard Share?

Utah Yard Share introduces gardeners to garden spaces, creating a unique and viable approach to empowering people of all ages and incomes to grow and eat healthy, organic, local food. In addition, it creates self-reliance and builds stronger communities. It’s a win for everyone!


Resident Gardener: Person sharing his or her yard space to garden;

Companion Gardener: Person seeking space to garden;

Gardens: Existing or extra garden plots/beds, undeveloped land, or area where chickens or other permitted livestock can be raised.

It’s easy to start

  1. Resident Gardener completes the
    Resident Questionnaire 
    describing his/her garden space.

  2. This information is uploaded to a public
    Utah Yard Share Google Map

  3. The Companion Gardener searches the
    Utah Yard Share Google Map
    for potential space and contacts the Resident Gardener either by phone or email.

  4. Make your match - Both get to know each other & discuss the details of sharing a garden using the suggested resources in our toolkit.

  5. Begin gardening! Don’t forget to check in with each other as the season unfolds.


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Frequently Asked Questions About Utah Yard Share


This toolkit provides essential resources you will need to make Utah Yard Share a success for everyone - from surveys to help you narrow your focus and goals, to creating a garden plan, to agreeing on garden etiquette and developing an agreement. Getting started is simple:

Step 1: Start the conversation

pdfResident Gardener Survey

pdfCompanion Gardener Survey

Once you have each completed your surveys, schedule a meeting, and discuss your answers. Being candid about what you want to gain from this gardening experience will secure the success of your garden.

Step 2: pdfMake a garden plan

Once you have determined the basis of your gardening relationship, make a garden plan. The Garden Plan document provides discussion points detailing your gardening relationship, including plot sketches, gardening expenses, and division of responsibilities.

Step 3: pdfCreate an agreement

Now that you’ve had a chance to sit down and talk about the many aspects of growing a garden together, it’s a good idea to WRITE IT DOWN. That way, you know you’re on the same page, and you’ll be able to remind yourself what you decided as the summer flies by. The Agreement Document serves as a framework for writing it all down. Make it as simple or as detailed as you want it to be.