As great as our community garden is, the space is not much to look at in March. It is difficult to get excited about boxes of dirt, unless you can imagine their potential. However, now in July, the garden is full of lush glory as squash, herbs, onions, tomatoes—oh, so many tomatoes!—reach their leaves toward the hot summer sun.
So many wonderful people and organizations make this garden possible. We are proud to be a site of Utahns Against Hunger’s youth development program, Real Food Rising. Real Food Rising grows the majority of produce in the garden space and donates 80 percent to local hunger relief organizations. We are also immensely grateful to the funding we received this year from Select Health and Slow Food Utah that has allowed us to expand and improve. We also owe thanks to PODS Storage that has graciously donated the use of a storage shed two year in a row, Red Butte Gardens for donating plants each spring, and Lowe’s for their continued support of Neighborhood House and our garden.
Highlights of the 2013 Garden Season (so far):
-10 new planter beds were built by the SLC Fire Department
-We formed a partnership with the Lied Boys and Girls Club Teen Program.
-We have a beehive!
-Volunteer groups from the Larry H. Miller group of companies and eVault helped us prepare for the season.
-Drip irrigation was installed to all planter beds.
-Work has begun on expanding the garden from fence to fence—1.3 acres! (Part of the plan may involve letting goats loose on the rampant weeds on the back half of the lot.)