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Community Gardens Provide A Way For Anyone to Garden

Community Gardens Provide A Way For Anyone to Garden



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Shelley Osterloh reporting If this spring-like weather has you itching to do a little gardening, you are not alone. But not everyone has the space or land to garden.

At 8th South and 6th East there is a community Garden operated by Wasatch Community Gardens, a non profit devoted to helping people grow and share fresh organic produce.

You can see plants that are tended by youth groups. For 40 dollars, you can have your own 44-foot vegetable garden.

Sheila Alford lives in an apartment, so for the last 7 years she's rented a little chunk of soil to grow her own vegetables, with plenty to share.

Sheila Alford Community Gardener: "I take all the produce I can to the people I deliver boxes too. "

At 85, she is older than some of the elderly people she calls on. A few times a week, she delivers LifeCare food to those in need, and throws in some of her own fresh veggies.

Sheila Alford, Community Gardener: " Makes you feel useful , and like somebody else is watching over you besides just you and your garden. "

Leigh Ann Morse says her Avenues home just doesn't have enough room for a good garden. She likes the organic greens she grows and finds gardening relaxing.

Leigh Ann Morse, Community Gardner: "You are working with things that come to life.... That grow and you appreciate and take care of and you reap the harvest of your hard work. "

Part of the Garden is designated for youth programs. Americorp volunteers help bring the garden to life, and more than 1-thousand children from a variety of programs also work the soil.

Brian Emerson, Wasatch Community Gardens: " We try to teach kids healthy habits that they will have for the rest of their lives. And a lot of kids don't like tomatoes, or vegetables... But when they grow them, the like them"

Girl: "We come here every week and see a little bit more how it grows. "

Boy: " Its fun and you get to eat what ever you plant"

The children get to take home some of the produce they help grow. Some is given to the food bank, and some sold at the downtown farmers market.

As for the community garden plots, there is a waiting list to get one. But you could likely get space at on of the other three Wasatch Community Gardens. They have plant sale coming up in May 14th

http://www.wasatchgardens.org/

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