As part of our work supporting school gardens in the Salt Lake City School District, Wasatch Community Gardens partners with several Title 1 elementary schools (schools that serve predominantly low-income students) to host our Parent Garden Club program. Parent Garden Clubs are gatherings of parents, teachers, and administrators who meet every other week throughout the growing season to help maintain their school gardens, learn about gardening, and share recipes using the produce they grow. At the end of the season, we compile the recipes families have shared into books to distribute to participating families and schools. We host the garden club sessions in both Spanish and English and print the recipes in both languages. The garden club meetings are a place for parents and families to engage with their child's school and a great opportunity for the school community to connect over shared food and garden work.
Though we are not able to offer in-person programming during the pandemic, in 2021, we will offer “Parent Garden Club in a Box” opportunities through our partnerships with two schools: Rose Park Elementary and Backman Elementary Schools. During the growing season, we will provide boxes every other week for distribution to participating families with fresh produce, recipe ideas, and gardening/nature activities with information in both Spanish and English. We will invite families to share recipes they make using the produce throughout the season, which we will compile into a community recipe book to share with all participating families.