Giles Larsen

Parks for Produce Program Manager

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801.871.8876 x25

Giles manages the Parks for Produce Community Garden Program, a partnership between Salt Lake County's Urban Farming Initiative and Wasatch Community Gardens that provides land, infrastructure, organizing expertise, and administrative assistance to groups interested in starting new community gardens at County sites in the Salt Lake Valley. Giles first got acquainted with the inequities of the modern food system while rescuing produce that would otherwise have been thrown away, and redistributing it to the low-income and homeless of Salt Lake City. Later, Giles helped develop more ecological and affordable alternatives as a small-scale market gardener, and as a founding staff member of the Community Food Co-op of Utah and the New Roots refugee gardening program.