Wasatch Community Gardens' Youth Garden Club is an enrichment program that offers weekly after-school and summer classes that take place at our Grateful Tomato Garden (629 E 800 S) and the Sorenson Unity Garden (1383 S 900 W). Available to qualifying partnering social service agencies that work with youth ages 4-12, these classes aim to empower youth to make healthy choices for themselves, their communities, and the environment. Through hands-on experience in growing and preparing healthy, local, organic food, youth experience the connection between the environment, food systems, and their own health. We send fresh produce from the garden home with participants to share with their families, as well as with our partner agencies to take to their centers to share with other children in their programs.
Due to COVID-19, we are not currently able to host in-person Youth Garden Club classes at our gardens. Instead, in 2020-2021, we are delivering classroom-sized boxes filled with fresh produce, healthy recipes, and hands-on activities to our partners at Boys & Girls Club, YouthCity, and YWCA on a weekly basis from April through November. New in 2021, we will invite participants to share their favorite recipes with us, which we will compile into a Recipe Book at the end of the year to share with our partners. Our goal is to distribute 150 classroom-sized boxes, serving at least 1,000 children.