Wasatch Community Gardens Awarded Salt Lake City Food Equity Microgrant

Wasatch Community Gardens is delighted to have been chosen by Salt Lake City's Department of Sustainability as a 2023 Food Equity Microgrant Awardee, along with our partner Artes de México en Utah. Together, our organizations administer the Sabores de Mi Patria and Families as Teacher programs.

Sabores de Mi Patria, or Flavors of My Homeland, is a three-part workshop series that increases participants' understanding and appreciation of the cultural legacy of la milpa and the three sisters (which are both traditional systems of growing corn, beans, and squash) as symbols of indigenous identity.

The Families as Teachers program provides an opportunities for families to meet before each Sabores de Mi Patria workshop to help garden and learn skills with a smaller group, allowing families to connect with one another and share their heritage.

“We get a lot of comments from folks who maybe grew up in Utah, but their families came from another place of culture. They love this workshop because they feel like they’re getting reconnected to the culture their families are from,” explains Wasatch Community Gardens' School and Family Garden Manager Kimberly Yapias.

Many of the families that participate in Sabores de Mi Patria and Families as Teachers identify as indigenous from various different parts of Latin America. Growing la milpa can help them celebrate this rich cultural identity.

Learn more about Salt Lake City's Food Equity Microgrant and recipients here.

Learn more about how the microgrant is supporting Wasatch Community Gardens' and Artes de México en Utah's programming here