Many of our city's apartment dwellers and home owners with limited space have learned to work around obstacles, producing fresh foods in their own backyards and small urban lots—a great accomplishment in a state with a relatively short growing season.
And if you're looking to get on trend, come and learn to do it yourself during Wasatch Community Gardens' first Urban Garden and Farm Week, June 16–22. Events include a screening of Edible City: Grow the Revolution at Brewvies Cinema Pub, workshops on backyard chicken keeping, a food poetry slam and a reading by Utah author Gretchen Anderson from her book The Backyard Chicken Fight at The King's English Bookshop.
On Saturday June 22, enjoy the Early Bird Brunch fundraiser at Squatter's Pub, 9–11:00 a.m., featuring breakfast burritos made from locally-raised eggs and register for a self-guided tour of local urban farms and gardens. Tour hours are 10 a.m.–2:00 p.m. and feature 18 stops that make the most of their small spaces: housing small livestock, displaying vertical gardening techniques and thriving urban farms and restaurant gardens, as well as many other features.
Jonathan Krausert and his Sun Oven.
Organizers aim to show anyone can grow fresh garden edibles. "Even apartment residents have the ability to put a few containers out on a South or West facing balcony and enjoy a little bit of homegrown food," says local urban homesteader Jonathan Krausert. "If your apartment doesn't have a balcony, try connecting with a community garden in your neighborhood."
"This week offers residents the chance to connect with each other and share tips about everything: from which tomatoes taste the best in homemade salsa to how to harvest honey from a backyard beehive," says Carly Gillespie, Community Educator for Wasatch Community Gardens. She says interest in gardening and farming in urban areas of Salt Lake County continues to grow with people from all backgrounds.
For a complete listing of events, visit www.wasatchgardens.org/events/UGFW.
Photos courtesy Jennifer Leahy