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New Roots Farm

Many refugees and other New Americans come to the U.S. with backgrounds in agriculture. New Roots, a farmer training and food access initiative of the International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City, provides these communities with a way to reconnect with land, grow culturally appropriate vegetables, and leverage their farming skills to earn supplemental income.

New Roots farmers earn income through produce sales to local schools, restaurants and Whole Foods Markets in Utah. They also operate three workplace CSA’s, delivering vegetable shares to employees of partnering businesses. New Roots founded and continues to operate and sell at the Sunnyvale Farmers Market and new for 2019, New Roots Farmers Market at Central Park.     

New Roots farmers grow a number of crops familiar to the American palate, including Beets, Carrots, Heirloom Slicing Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Spinach, Kale, Spring Mix, a variety of  Peppers, and Eggplant. Additionally, they grow speciality ethnic crops like African Eggplant, Aleppo Peppers, Amaranth Greens, Molokhia (Egyptian Spinach), Thai Chili Peppers, Tatume Squash, and long beans, among others.

All proceeds from sales go to the program’s 35+ farmers who originate from Sudan, Burma, Bhutan, Chad, Somalia, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The farmers collectively manage 15 acres of leased land spread throughout Salt Lake County.

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Ephraim Community Garden

The garden’s mission is to build self-reliance within the community by giving access to fresh, local food and the space, tools, and resources to do so. The garden is for teaching and demonstrating gardening techniques to community groups such as students and citizens. Stop by the garden to learn more about pioneer methods and heirloom species—after all, the garden is located in historic Ephraim Square.

We encourage participants to “grow a row” then donate their produce to the food bank and families in need. It is also possible to rent a plot for just $20 per season. The plot includes water, seeds, seedling starts (while they are available), and access to garden tools. Participants can also work in the public area of the garden at your convenience to accumulate credits for fresh produce as it becomes available.

Support the community garden, and local private gardens, by buying veggies and locally-made goods at the farmers’ market or Bishop’s Storehouse as veggies are harvested. We’re grateful for and always in need of volunteers who can give time to the garden. If you don’t have time then you can opt to donate cash or materials. We invite you to come play in the garden!

Wasatch Community Gardens

Wasatch Community Gardens offers 50 workshops each year, so there is certainly a class or two or many for you. We’re offering over a dozen new workshops and working labs this year, so we’ve got plenty on the agenda even for those who’ve already taken lots of our classes.

Is this the year you will start your first organic garden or learn something fun and new even if you’ve been gardening for decades? Come join us for a workshop or two and hone your organic pest management skills, learn more about your soil, start your first flock of chickens. Become a confident food preserver in one of our canning classes, or get your permaculture groove on.

We also have school and youth garden programs, as well as volunteer opportunities to participate in a community garden. Visit our online calendar for dates and times.

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Wasatch Community Gardens is an amazing organization! The staff is caring and their gardens/programs are very helpful and beneficial to our community. Keep up the good work!

Supreet Gill,

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Just went to their plant sale today. I had so much fun, wonderfully organized. I’ve also been to one of their free fabulous workshops. What a great organization.

Rebecca Graham,

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I am so proud to have Wasatch Community Gardens in Salt Lake’s collective backyard! They are a great example of how our community can work together to bring the farm to the table, and much more!

Sarah Lappe,

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Youth Garden Project

The Youth Garden Project has a mission to cultivate healthy children, families, and community through educational programs and the profound act of connecting people with food from seed to table. Using our one-and-a-half acre garden as a classroom, we offer programs for youth and adults that engage participants in science, math, and life lessons.

Youth Garden Project produce and value goods are sold at the Moab Farmers’ Market, directly to restaurants, at Moonflower Market Coop, and Village Market. Additionally, YGP has a 15-member CSA program that runs for 20 weeks each season. Some of the YGP produce is also sold to the local high school for their school lunch program.

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