Garden Goodies is committed to the reclamation of urban lands for the purpose of sustainable farming to provide a variety of quality heirloom plants and produce at an affordable cost through a combination of natural and traditional farming practices. Through bio dynamic and bio intensive farming techniques we are able to yield up to 6 times more fresh naturally grown heirloom produce than conventional farming methods. Sustainability is achieved through the use of natural compost to maintain soil fertility along with the use of traditional forms of pest and weed control.
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 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.
The Benson Grist Mill is an historic site lets you learn about pioneer times by trying your hand at candle making and blacksmithing. The family-friendly attraction also has an on-site country store and hosts Harvest Days, a Saturday Farmer’s market occurring July through October.
Local farmers and other vendors are welcome to participate in Harvest days, and there is no vendor fee. Friends and neighbors in the community can find fresh produce direct from the local growers. The selection of fruits and vegetables changes depending upon the harvest.
We also host garden shows in the summer. Come see our plants, or stop by our country store on any day that we’re open.