Wasatch Community Gardens' Campus

In 2012, WCG's board of directors set a goal of creating a permanent home for the organization to showcase urban agriculture and house the organization. Since then, we've worked on defining the goals of the space, creating stakeholders, and identifying an appropriate site. In the fall of 2017, three parcels of land directly adjacent to our flagship Grateful Tomato Garden were listed for sale and in under one month, we were successful in raising the necessary funds to purchase those properties. In late 2018, we were able to re-zone these properties to allow for commercial use so that we can locate our offices in the existing homes on the properties and have a capital campaign goal of $6.2 million to complete our vision. We are now working on construction level documents for the campus and securing lead and major gifts with the goal of launching a public campaign in April of 2020. The Wasatch Community Gardens' Campus is an urban agriculture-focused campus that will house our offices, a teaching kitchen and workshop/event space for 50 people, as well as expanded and enhanced teaching and demonstration gardens to use for youth and adult classes, and to help community members learn to grow and eat healthy food and connect with each other.

The goals of the project include:

  • Expanded opportunities for Youth Garden Club classes to serve more children from low-to-moderate income families with garden-based education.
  • Expanded teaching spaces to accommodate larger school field trip groups.
  • Ability to host multiple youth and adult classes simultaneously. 20-25% increase of the number of adult gardening workshops offered annually.
  • Enhancement of ADA facilities to allow us to expand our program to reach a wider audience and explore therapeutic/adaptive garden programs.
  • Expansion into Educational Garden Tours designed to teach an expanded adult audience, such as garden clubs, Lunch-n-Learn corporate groups, and special/under-served populations.
  • Expanded demonstration gardens and curriculum offerings (i.e., planting of berries, brambles, grapes, and espaliered fruit trees will allow for more curriculum around growing and cultivating fruits).
  • An indoor teaching kitchen on-site that allows for expanded youth garden classes and additional adult and family educational events focusing more on the “eat” part of our mission.
  • Additional revenue for the organization through campus rental for private events.
  • An innovative, green, and affordable residential component that provides rental income and additional security for the garden and the neighborhood.

For questions, comments, or interest in supporting this community asset, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Executive Director, or call her at 801.359.2658 x15.

Thanks to GSBS Architects and Giv Development for all of their support of this project.