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Felecia Maxfield-Barrett, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
T: 801.359.2658 Ext. 11
E: felecia@wasatchgardens.org
www.wasatchgardens.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2014

Wasatch Community Gardens’ Urban Garden and Farm Tour highlights unique and innovative gardens in Salt Lake valley

SALT LAKE CITY, UT- Whether you are a budding gardener, a seasoned grower, a backyard poultry keeper, or an urban dweller wanting to learn about small-space gardening, Wasatch Community Gardens’ Urban Garden and Farm Tour has something for you. The Urban Garden and Farm Tour highlights unique and innovative gardens and farm space impacting Salt Lake valley’s local food movement while encouraging its residents to grow and eat healthy, organic, and local food.

Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location:  Various sites in Salt Lake County
Purchase guide online:  Click HERE
Purchase guide in person: Grateful Tomato Garden, 800 S 600 E, Salt Lake City on Saturday, June 28th 10am – 12pm

One stop on the Urban Garden and Farm Tour is a located in the midst of an industrial Glendale neighborhood. This stop is a coalition comprised of Backyard Urban Garden (B.U.G.) Farms, Wasatch Co Housing, Slam Ranch, and five private residential farming lots that use organic gardening methods, natural pest control measures, and plant richly diverse crops, which demonstrate a unique and innovative rehabilitation of outdoor space as well as a sense of community.  In this 2-acre space, a few individuals earn income by selling their produce to local restaurants, grocery stores, through CSA shares, and at farmers markets.  In 2013, B.U.G Farms fed 100 families through their CSA program and produced up to 24,000 pounds of produce.  “Growing in Glendale has enabled us to live out our desires to eat pesticide free food and better connect with the soil and contribute to efforts to make our cities beautiful, tasty, and healthier,” explains Alexandra Parvaz from B.U.G. Farms.

But sustainable community is at the core of this effort.  Individuals in this neighborhood garden primarily to grow their own food, interact with neighbors in a common space, and simplify their lives.  Hans Ehrbar, founder of Wasatch Co Housing says, “We are trying to be the village that is needed to raise our children and grandchildren, and we make it possible for retired people, young families, and independent youngsters to live together and interact with each other.”  This space demonstrates that you can have the best of village life and city life while creating sustainability.

Mike Lynch, Community Education Program Director and Urban Garden and Farm Tour coordinator shares, “When I moved to Salt Lake, it took me a long time to find my community and those with similar interests.  The Urban Garden and Farm Tour brings people who share similar interests together and make connections with one another.  That is what building community is all about.”

Wasatch Community Gardens’ Urban Garden and Farm Tour aims to gather energy, raise awareness, and inspire tour participants to take what they have learned and create growing space and community in order to provide healthy food and an educational experience for the entire family.  “This event is such a great way for us to reach a wider range of people in our community with our mission to make healthy, organic, and local food more accessible,” says Ashley Patterson, Executive Director of Wasatch Community Gardens.

The Urban Garden and Farm Tour offers 19 stops, which includes demonstration on urban chicken-keeping, small-space intensive gardening, school gardens, water-wise growing, container gardening, vermicomposting, permaculture gardens, small livestock, rainwater catchment, aquaponics, beekeeping, small urban farming, season extenders, and much more!

For event information, visit http://wasatchgardens.org/events/UGFW.

ABOUT WASATCH COMMUNITY GARDENS: For 25 years, Wasatch Community Gardens has provided community members the opportunity to grow their own food in urban gardens. With a mission to empower people of all ages and incomes to grow and eat healthy, organic, local food, Wasatch Community Gardens offers a range of programs for Wasatch Front residents. Programs include; providing community gardening space at thirty-one different gardens, youth gardening education programs, consulting help for groups to start new community gardens, numerous volunteer opportunities, and over 60 educational workshops and community events on growing and eating organic food.

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