Rose Parkj Community Garden
Established in 2007, the Rose Park Community Garden exists to nourish and nurture our future through a shared teaching garden that connects people to food, heritage, and community. In 2012, we joined the Wasatch Community Gardens’ (WCG) Network, which provides access to training and resources for 31 community and school garden projects across Salt Lake County with the goal of empowering people of all ages and incomes to grow and eat healthy, organic, local food. Salt Lake City owns the property where the Garden is located, and WCG serves as our authorized 501(c)(3) corporation, use agreement holder, water agent, and insurer.
Community members of diverse ethnic backgrounds, ages, incomes, and experience work together and share in at least 4,000 pounds of organic produce each season. Annually at least 80 households directly benefit from the produce, and an additional 100+ volunteers enjoy learning and serving in the garden. An annual $25 membership enables gardeners to take home a share of the harvest at the end of a workday. We assist those who cannot afford to pay through a communal scholarship fund.
Benefits of the Garden go beyond healthy food and include both individual empowerment and community building. Three years ago, a woman named Laura began visiting the garden in a motorized chair. While others worked in our collective garden, she would fill her bags with the produce we had harvested. After a couple weeks, our Garden Steward took her aside and explained that everyone who worked would get a share of the harvest. We began finding jobs for her to do and watched her grow more confident. This past year she arrived, rain or shine, every Saturday morning ready to work. She shared her portion with homebound friends, learned new skills, and offered her gardening knowledge to others in the Garden.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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