Although not from magic seeds, Wasatch Community Gardens (WCG) has grown from a barely-known fishing collective to one of the largest urban agriculture initiatives along the Wasatch Front. To mulch in WCG’s month long ‘Tomatoes Days’ events—which include their annual Tomato Sandwich Party and a Tomatoes Day dine-around through all of September—Wasatch Community Gardens invites you to join them in this year’s Garden Cruise to showcase their community-driven gardens in agricultural projects across Salt Lake County.
The Garden Cruise, taking place Sept. 28, includes tour stops that start at Harmony Park Community Garden and continue to stops at New Roots Farm, a mini-farm initiated by the Salt Lake County Refugees Service, the new school garden at Emerson Elementary School and the groovy Green Urban Lunchbox—a mobile garden in a bus.
In its third year, the tour of various and diverse models and garden plans is an inspirational lesson in how fast urban agriculture is blooming in this state. The Garden Cruise aims to expose urban garden enthusiasts to diverse examples of community gardens the Wasatch Front has to offer.
“It’s definitely a growing thing,” says Jenny Bloom, volunteer/event coordinator for Wasatch Community Gardens. She adds that if you're looking for gardening tips, this is for you. “It’s usually people who want to start their own garden or see how others have done theirs.”
To commemorate nearly 25 years of urging people of all ages to participate in growing local, organic foods; Wasatch Community Gardens continues to inspire the public by offering over 60 educational workshops, scores of farmable plots, volunteer opportunities and youth camps—all intent on teaching how to grow, and eat local and organic food.
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