The WCG Youth Program is busy!

What a great year so far for WCG Youth Programs! The growing season is only half over, and just look how much we’ve accomplished so far!

For starters, Youth Educators have currently served well over 800 youth participants this year! This number does not include our current summer City Roots classes or City Sprouts summer camps yet-to-be-hosted, we’ll be well into three-digit territory by the end of August. Congratulations to Youth Educators Shannon Kennelly, Katie Adamski, and Emma Kroon Van Diest for their hard work, passion, and dedication to their work!

WCG Youth Programs have worked closely with volunteers, businesses, and community groups to maintain and make significant upgrades to our teaching facilities at the Grateful Tomato Garden and Fair Parks Community Garden. A few highlights from 2014 include:

Installing a white, weatherproof metal roof over our main teaching patio to repel rain during shoulder seasons and reflect sun during the summer.  Special thanks to the Salt Lake City Fire Battalion Chiefs for their help.

Replacing our old chicken coop with a brand-new, beautiful and luxurious coop that can house more birds.  Special thanks to artist/builder extraordinaire, Simon Larson (see the Volunteer Spotlight below), and UMOCA.

Lime washing & repairing walls on the straw-bale greenhouse at the Tomato Garden.  Special thanks to original architect, Wayne Bingham, for providing guidance, volunteers from Goldman Sachs for working so hard, and Savage Scaffold & Equipment for donating scaffolding.

Building a centerpiece herb spiral at the Tomato Garden. Special thanks to all the garden volunteers, WCG staff, and youth participants who helped out with this project.

Summer Camps:
We have a few more spots for following upcoming summer camp classes:

Age: entering 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th grade – Leonardo partner camp
Date:  Monday, August 11 – Friday, August 15
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: $250 + $16 transportation fee
Location: Click here for location details and instructions
Click here to register

Age: entering pre-school – Hooray for the Harvest!
Date: Monday, August 18 – Friday, August 22
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $135; click here for a scholarship request
Location: Grateful Tomato Garden, 800 S 600 E, Salt Lake City
Click here to register

The WCG Youth Program would like to thank everyone who has helped us make our little corner of the world a better place to live & grow!



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